The Town Hall was held at the National Academy of Science Building in Washington, DC on August 8, 2017 to discuss ideas and white papers submitted to the IdeaBuzz discussion platform.

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The meeting was open to the public and participants explored the science, engineering, and technology that will drive future innovation in food and agriculture research.

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Agenda

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

7:45 – 8:25 a.m. Breakfast

8:30 – 8:45 a.m. Co-Chair’s Welcome Remarks

John Floros and Sue Wessler, Committee Co-Chairs

8:45 – 10:30 a.m. Panel 1: Food Production

Lead Speaker: Overview of Food Production & Animal Science Priorities: Ronnie Green, University of Nebraska (via video conference)

Improving Photosynthetic Efficiency for Improved Yield: Donald Ort, USDA-ARS, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Post-Harvest Reduction of Food Waste: A magic bullet?: Daryl Lund, University of Wisconsin
Computing Reimagined: Tim Dalton, IBM Watson
Science of Communication: Dietram Scheufele, University of Wisconsin

Moderated Discussion (with invited panelists, study committee, and public in person or via webcast)

Co-Moderators: Robin Lougee and Alison Van Eenennaam, Committee Members

10:30 – 10:40 a.m. Key Takeaways from the Panel Discussion

10:40 – 10:55 a.m. Break

10:55 – 11:15 a.m. The Promise of Plant Probiotics: A Potential Ag Revolution  

Jeff Dangl, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (via video conference)

11:15 – 11:35 a.m. Diets, Environmental Sustainability, and Human Health

David Tilman, University of Minnesota (via video conference)

11:35 – 12:00 p.m. Public Comments

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00 – 2:45 p.m. Panel 2: Sustainability

Lead Speaker: Convergence of Innovations for Sustainable Outcomes: James Jones, University of Florida

Physical Edaphology and Global Issues of the 21st Century: Rattan Lal, Ohio State University
The Great Nitrogen Imbalance: Phil Robertson, Michigan State University
Designing for Sustainable and Resilient Human Environmental Agricultural Systems: Meagan Mauter, Carnegie Mellon University

Moderated Discussion (with invited panelists, study committee, and public in person or via webcast)

Co-Moderators: Greg Lowry and Mary Lou Guerinot, Committee Members

2:45 – 2:55 p.m. Key Takeaways from the Panel Discussion

2:55 – 3:10 p.m. Break

3:10 – 4:55 p.m. Panel 3: Human Health

Lead Speaker: Nutrition and Agricultural Production: Human Health as the Ultimate Mission: Pamela Starke-Reed, USDA-ARS

Nutrition, Food, and Health: Barbara Schneeman, UC Davis
Bridging Two Worlds with Technology and Networks: Mary Torrence, FDA
Importance of Understanding Behavioral Responses to Food and Health Policies: Jayson Lusk, Purdue University

Moderated Discussion (with invited panelists, study committee, and public in person or via webcast)

Moderator: Helen Jensen, Committee Member

4:55 – 5:05 p.m. Key Takeaways from the Panel Discussion

5:05 – 5:25 p.m. Public Comment Period 

5:25 – 5:30 p.m. Closing Remarks

John Floros and Sue Wessler, Committee Co-Chairs

5:30 p.m. Adjourn