Bayer CropScience Hosts 8th Annual Ag Issues Forum

Bayer CropScience Hosts 8th Annual Ag Issues Forum

2013 Event Looks at Global Issues' Impact on U.S. Growers

ORLAND, Fla., Feb. 26, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via PRWEB - Bayer CropScience
today kicked off its 2013 Ag Issues Forum, an invitation-only annual event
bringing together agribusiness, thought leaders and key media to foster
conversation and share insight into issues impacting agriculture. The goal of
the event is to address global issues critical to advancing sustainable
agriculture and assuring adequate, safe production for a hungry world.

The 2013 Forum, "One World to Grow On: Global Insights for Local Impact,"
covers topics including: consumer activism and its impact on agriculture,
global food trends, attracting and retaining the next generation of farmers,
and pioneering sustainability as U.S. agriculture strives to feed a growing
world from a finite amount of farmland. Presenters represent organizations as
diverse as Walmart, the National Corn Growers Association and the Produce
Marketing Association, and individual growers from Missouri and Virginia,
among others.

"Ag Issues Forum is a signature event in U.S. agriculture," said David
Hollinrake, Vice President, Agricultural Commercial Operations Marketing,
Bayer CropScience. "It brings together leaders with wide-ranging interests and
viewpoints to discuss –--and gain understanding about--– agriculture's vital
stake in a fast-growing world. We believe our role in improving agriculture
includes delivering integrated solutions that help assure successful harvests.
That means providing tools and knowledge that support growers' business

The event kicked off with updates on the agricultural company's innovation and
strategic Research & Development initiatives. Former CNN correspondent Frank
Sesno, director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington
University and founder of, is serving as moderator.

In conjunction with the Forum's focus on sustainability, Bayer CropScience
will introduce its 2013 Young Farmer Sustainability Award winner at the close
of sessions Wednesday. The award recognizes young agricultural producers who
demonstrate excellence in business and environmental sustainability. Entrants
are judged on entrepreneurial initiative and new approaches to farming,
environmental and other on-farm sustainability efforts, as well as economic

Topics and speakers at the event include:

Tuesday, February 26

Frank Sesno, Moderator & Director, School of Media and Public Affairs, George
Washington University

Sustainable Success in Agriculture: Understanding the Challenges and

  *David Hollinrake, Vice President, Agricultural Commercial Operations

Bayer CropScience Strategic R & D Investment

  *Dr. David Nicholson, Head of Research and Development, Bayer CropScience

2025 - Custom Commodities: How Data Propelled Agriculture

  *Rich Kottmeyer, Senior Executive and Global Agriculture & Food Production
    Leader, Accenture

Connecting the Dots: The Business Case for Safe, Affordable and Sustainable
Supply Chains

  *Rob Kaplan, Senior Manager of Sustainability, Walmart Stores
  *Rick Tolman, CEO, National Corn Growers Association

The Broken Plate: Engaging Farm and Food to Meet in the Middle

  *Michele Payn-Knoper, Principal, Cause Matters Corp. & Author of No More
    Food Fights!

Frenemies: The Evolving Relationship between Consumers and Agriculture in
Today's World

  *Lorna Christie, Executive Vice President and COO, Produce Marketing
    Association (PMA)

Wednesday, February 27 The Honey Bee: Understanding the Critical Relationship
Between Bees, Agriculture, Food and Our Environment

  *David Epstein Ph.D., Entomologist, USDA Office of Pest Management Policy
  *David Westervelt, Assistant Chief, Bureau of Plant and Apiary Inspection,
    State of Florida

Fresh Perspectives on the Future of Farming

  *Craig Ratajczyk, CEO Illinois Soybean Association
  *Keith Lane, Senior Vice President - Agribusiness, Farm Credit Mid-America
  *Greg Duerksen, President, Kincannon & Reed

Grower Panel: Doing Things Differently – Diversification for a New World

  *Bill Horan, COO, Horan BioProduction, Rockwell City, Iowa
  *Dee Dee Darden, Farmer & Owner, Darden's Country Store, Smithfield,
  *Eddie Adams, Adams Farm Properties, Senath, MO
  *John Shepherd, Tri-County Grain Farms, Blackstone, Virginia, 2012 Young
    Farmer Sustainability Award Winner

Join the conversation about Ag Issues Forum 2013 by using #AgIssues13 and
following @Bayer4CropsUS. Also look for continuing coverage from Ag Issues
Forum 2013 on Bayer Connect, the thought leadership online hub for Bayer

Bayer CropScience's commitment to sustainability centers on helping growers
address environmental, social and financial challenges.For additional
information and background on Bayer CropScience and its sustainability
programs, please visit

About Bayer CropScience

Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health
care, agriculture and high-tech materials. Bayer CropScience, the subgroup of
Bayer AG responsible for the agricultural business, has annual sales of EUR
7.255 billion (2011) and is one of the world's leading innovative crop science
companies in the areas of seeds, crop protection and non-agricultural pest
control. The company offers an outstanding range of products including high
value seeds, innovative crop protection solutions based on chemical and
biological modes of action as well as an extensive service backup for modern,
sustainable agriculture. In the area of non-agricultural applications, Bayer
CropScience has a broad portfolio of products and services to control pests
from home and garden to forestry applications. The company has a global
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