Leading experts in agriculture, food safety and security will begin a dialogue regarding food and agriculture policy tied to the 2012 farm bill. On May 12, CropLife America will host its second annual National Policy Conference, Lost in Translation? Deciphering the Discourse of Modern Agriculture, to discuss the development of the 2012 farm bill, consumer perceptions about farming and food and the role of ag research and technology to advance innovation in the industry. 

CropLife America has confirmed Robert Kenner, director of Food, Inc., and Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee to speak at the event.

The conference will be available live via Web cast at www.croplifeamerica.org/National-Policy-Conference-2011.

Marc Gunther, contributing editor at Fortune magazine, senior writer at Greenbiz.com and lead blogger at The Energy Collective, will serve as the Master of Ceremonies. 

Three panels will be held during the event. The first will ask “Can consumers and farmers coexist?” which will feature Catherine Bertini, professor, The Maxwell School, Syracuse University and former executive director, UN World Food Program; Kai Robertson, director, Food, Beverage & Agriculture Practice, Business for Social Responsibility; Jim Slama, founder and president, FamilyFarmed.org; and Fred Yoder, farmer, former president of the National Corn Growers Association

The second panel will address “Modern agriculture: What’s next and why?” This panel will feature Jason Clay, Ph.D., senior vice president, market transformation, World Wildlife Fund; Erik Olson, deputy director, Pew Health Group, The Pew Charitable Trusts; Sonny Ramaswamy, dean, College of Agricultural Sciences, Oregon State University; and Steve Savage, Ph.D., plant pathologist and agricultural consultant.

The third panel will discuss “Food, Farms and the Federal Government” and feature Varel Bailey, former president of the Iowa and National Corn Growers Association, Bailey Farms, Inc.; Gregory Jaffe, director, Project on Biotechnology, Center for Science in the Public Interest; and Wendy Wintersteen, dean, College of Agriculture and director of the Experiment Station, Iowa State University.