Conference Proceedings


Day 1 - Tuesday, May 9


9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Registration, Airport Marriott Hotel Lobby


12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. Opening


12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Welcome

James R. Baker
Administrator, USDA Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration

Keynote Address

Michael V. Dunn
Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs, USDA

1: 00 p.m. – 1:20 p.m. Technological and Structural Changes in Agriculture Since 1900

Dr. Otto Doering
Professor, Agricultural Economics, Purdue University


1:20 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Panel:  Technical and Market Forces facing Agriculture Now and in the Future -- Outlook for the 21st Century

Panel Moderator
David R. Shipman
Deputy Administrator, Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration

  • Biotechnology
    Steve Tanner
    Director, GIPSA Technical Services Division

  • Technological Changes and Vertical Coordination
    Terry Barr
    Chief Economist/Vice President, NCFC

  • Production & Marketing Opportunities for Small Farms
    Marion Long-Bowlan
    Executive Director, Pennsylvania Farm Link

  • Market Information: Transparency & Price Discovery
    Barry Carpenter
    Deputy Administrator, USDA Agricultural Marketing Service

  • Globalization and Trade Policy
    Dan Amstutz
    President, North American Export Grain Association

  • Q&A's


3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Break


3:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Public Policies Affecting Consolidation & Structural Changes

Should public policies facilitate or impede the structural changes that are occurring in agriculture and agribusiness industries, and what should those public policies be?


Panel Moderator
John Stencel
Assistant to the Administrator, GIPSA

Greg Page
President, American Meat Institute, Cargill

Terry Medley
Vice President for Biotechnology Regulatory and External Affairs, DuPont Company

Kathleen Kelley
Vice President, R-CALF

Tom Tunnell
President, Kansas Grain & Feed Association

Leon Crump
State Director, South Carolina, Federation of Southern Cooperative – Land Assistance Fund

Charles Kruse
President, Missouri Farm Bureau

Lee Swenson
President, National Farmers Union

  • Q and A’s


6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. 




6:30  p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Reception: A Vision for Tomorrow’s Family Farms

Michael V. Dunn
Under Secretary, Marketing and Regulatory Programs, USDA

James R. Baker
Administrator, GIPSA

Distinguished guests invited


Day 2 - Wednesday, May 10


8:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Market Power and Regulation of Structural Change

Panel Moderator
Patty Judge
Secretary of Agriculture, State of Iowa

  • Role and limitations of antitrust policy in addressing concerns about consolidation in agriculture
    Douglas Ross
    Special Counsel for Agriculture, Anti-Trust Division, Department of Justice


9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.




10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Commodity Marketing Trends

A discussion of vertical integration pressures, the role of forward sales arrangements, changes in consumer demand for different product characteristics, and other marketing changes facing farmers and agribusiness firms.

Panel Moderator
Jay Johnson
GIPSA Regional Supervisor, Des Moines

  • Commodity Marketing Outlook
    Keith Collins
    Chief Economist, USDA
  • Commodity Marketing Trends - E-Commerce
    Frank Beurskens
    Development Director, E-Markets, Inc.

  • Cattle Marketing Trends: Marketing for the Future
    Bob Josserand
    Chairman of AzTx Cattle, Former President National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

  • Poultry Trends: Past, Present and Future
    Hugh McClain
    McClain Farm

  • Hog Trends: Marketing for the Future
    Jon Caspers
    Board Member, NPPC

  • Grain Marketing Trends
    Parry Dixon
    Chief Economist, Archer-Daniels-Midland

  • Cereal, Grain, Marketing Trends
    Richard Bell
    President, Riceland Foods

  • Meat Marketing Trends – USDA Process Verified, Case Ready Meats
    Curry Roberts
    President, PM Holdings

  • Q and A’s


12:00 p.m. - 12:15 p.m. BREAK


12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Closing Luncheon: "A Celebration of the American Farm"

Recognition: A Century of Farming - Contribution and Commitment


1:30 - 1:45 p.m. BREAK


1:45 - 2:30 p.m.


Panel: Visions for the Millennium
A discussion about the structure of American agriculture in the 21st century.

Remarks to Panel

Richard Rominger
Deputy Secretary of Agriculture

Ken Root
Agri-Talk, Kansas City, MO

Concentration Implication for Farmers and Consumers

Dr. Luther Tweeten
Professor, Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics, Ohio State University

Dennis Avery
Director, Center for Global Food Issues

Peter Carstensen
Young-Bascom Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin

Dr. William Heffernan
Professor, Rural Sociology, University of Missouri

  • Closing Remarks:

Richard Rominger
Deputy Secretary of Agriculture

Michael V. Dunn
Under Secretary, Marketing and Regulatory Programs, USDA


2:30 p.m. Conference Adjourns


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