Casey Hoy, Faculty Director of Ohio State’s Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation (InFACT) and the Kellogg Endowed Chair in Agricultural Ecosystems Management, traveled to Washington D.C. in March 2017 to participate in several high-level events related to agricultural policy.
Dr. Hoy was a featured presenter at a symposium titled “Farm Bill 2018: Policy, Politics & Potential” hosted by American University’s School of International Service and the UC Berkeley Food Institute. The gathering featured a diverse array of experts who helped to demystify the Farm Bill, exploring the research needed to inform, reform and transform U.S. agricultural policy. In addition to standard panels on six major Farm Bill titles, the event also explored major topics that are missing from Farm Bill policy. The event was free, open to the public, and livestreamed. Recorded videos can be found here. The video of the panel that Dr. Hoy participated in can be found here.
While in Washington D.C., Dr. Hoy also participated in a briefing for legislative staffers on the importance of agricultural research in the next farm bill. The event, organized by the UC Berkeley Food Institute, focused on the $985 billion that agriculture and related industries contributed to U.S. GDP in 2014 and the need for research to ensure that similar investments inform U.S. farm policy. Of particular importance, the speakers examined the role of sustainable agriculture, one of the fastest growing sectors of the American farm economy. In addition to Dr. Hoy, presenters included Carolyn Dimitri from New York University, Sabine O’Hara from the University of the District of Columbia, and L. Ann Thrupp from UC Berkeley’s Food Institute.