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National Summit on Agricultural and Food Truck Transport for the Future Draws Over 200 Attendees

Posted: May 1, 2007

Featured speakers at the Summit were U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns, Under Secretary for Rural Development at USDA, Tom Dorr, Congressman Dennis Cardoza, Congressman Jim Costa, and Congressman Baron Hill, members of the House Agriculture and Energy Committees. Other speakers included Andy Miller, Director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, Kevin Burch, President of Jet Express, Greg Webb, Senior Vice President of Archer Daniels Midland, Tom Jenson, Vice President of UPS, and W.M. Schuler, President & CEO of the Castellini Group of Companies.

Picture of Shorty Whittington and Mike Johanns
ATA Vice Chairman Shorty Whittington presents a plaque to Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns in appreciation for delivering the keynote address to kickoff the Summit

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AFTC Chairman Dave Schroyer and AFTC Executive Director Russell Laird discuss the Summit

I believe that everyone who attended the Summit felt like it was a tremendous success, especially as the first time the event has occurred. The challenge now is to learn from this experience and explore ways to make improvements for future years. The strong attendance from allied industry representatives shows the recognition of the importance of trucking to our country's agricultural production industry. One concern expressed by some was the fact that there were less than 20 actual trucking companies in attendance. The staff of the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute at North Dakota State University who co-sponsored the Summit will be posting the presentations from the Summit on the website: www.agandfoodtrucking.org soon and sending out a survey to gather feedback regarding the Summit and ideas for improvement. We welcome ideas that anyone has to improve the format or any aspect of the Summit.

Published in the Agricultural and Food Transporters Conference newsletter
May 2007

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