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Ag and Food Transportation Conference
2008 Proceedings

The outstanding program assembled for the 2008 Summit; held in Washington, D.C. December 2-3, 2008; featured noted experts in the field of international agricultural and transportation, trade and food security. Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and U.S. Trade Representative opened the initial Summit session with an overview of the agricultural trade and transportation in the 21st century. Jolanta Iwanicka, First Secretary, Embassy of Poland gave a through presentation on the importance and status of biofuels in Poland and the European Union, and the impacts of renewable fuels on agriculture policy and transportation challenges. Dr. Wallace Tyner, Professor, Agriculture Economics, Purdue University was the presenter on the topic, "Food vs. Fuel, The Real Story".


  • Global Agricultural Trade and Transportation Opportunities in the 21st Century
    Jolanta Iwanicka, First Secretary, Embassy of Poland, Washington D.C.
    View Presentation (PDF, 400K)
  • New Opportunities for Commercial Agricultural Transporters and Agriculture in the 2007 Energy Bill and 2008 Farm Bill
    Anne Simmons, Senior Majority Professional Staff, U.S. House Committee on Agriculture
    View Presentation (PDF, 37K)
  • Food vs. Fuel, The Real Story
    Dr. Wallace E. Tyner, Professor Agriculture Economics, Purdue University, Author: "What is Driving Food and Fuel Prices."
    View Presentation (PDF, 1290K)
  • Food and Hazardous Materials Challenges in Commercial Agricultural Transportation
    John Conley, President, National Tank Truck Carriers, Inc.
    View Presentation (PDF, 347K)
  • Food and Hazardous Materials Challenges in Commercial Agricultural Transportation
    James Simmons, Division Chief, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation
    View Presentation (PDF, 464K)
  • Energy Policy and Rural Development Programs Affecting Transportation and Agriculture
    Dr. David Kreutzer, Senior Policy Analyst, Energy, Economics and Climate Change, Center for Data Analysis, Heritage Foundation
    Topic – Petroleum Policy and Transportation Costs Why the Outer Continental Shelf is Important to the Middle of the Continent
    View Presentation (PDF, 471K)
  • Food Safety, Defense and Transportation Initiatives
    Marianne Elbertson, Senior Food Defense Analyst, Food Safety and Inspection Service - USDA
    View Presentation (PDF, 2206K)
  • Food Safety, Defense and Transportation Initiatives
    Lee Mannering, Government Relations and Public Affairs Manager, Produce Marketing Association
    View Presentation (PDF, 220K)
  • Food Safety, Defense and Transportation Initiatives
    Dr. Homaira Akbari, President, Skybitz, Inc.
    View Presentation (PDF, 666K)
  • Renewable Fuels - 2009 And Beyond
    Toni Nuernberg, Executive Director, Ethanol Promotion and Information Center
    View Presentation (PDF, 151K)
  • Renewable Fuels - 2009 And Beyond
    Christopher Guith, VP for Policy, Institute for 21st Century Energy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
    View Presentation (PDF, 1034K)
  • Agriculture, Rural Development and BioEnergy
    Hon. Floyd Gaibler, Deputy Under Secretary of Agriculture, Farm and Foreign Agriculture Services, USDA
    Topic – Impact of Foreign Agricultural Programs on U.S. Agriculture and Agricultural Transportation
    View Presentation (PDF, 958K)
  • Agriculture Implications for Transportation and Highways
    Bruce Blanton, Director, Transportation Services Division, USDA
    View Presentation (PDF, 594K)
  • Agriculture Implications for Transportation and Highways
    Tony Furst, Director, Office of Freight Management and Operations
    View Presentation (PDF, 5031K)
  • The 2009 Highway Reauthorization Bill, What to Expect
    Richard L. Lewis, President, Forest Resources Association
    View Presentation (PDF, 1355K)
  • Technology in Ag and Food Transportation - Essential to the Food Chain
    Gina Lehman, Sales Director, Hi-G-Tek, Inc.
    View Presentation (PDF, 2008K)
  • Legal Issues Confronting Commercial Agriculture and Transportation
    James Hanson, Esquire, Scopelitis, Garvin, Hanson, Light & Feary
    View Presentation (PDF, 1539K)
  • Keynote Lunch
    Mike Townsley, President, Bob Evans Farms Food Products Division
    View Presentation (PDF, 2240K)
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