The cost to attend a luncheon and/or banquet, is not included in the Annual Meeting Registration cost. You may register for a luncheon or banquet while registering for the Annual Meeting or by calling (414) 918-3190.
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Registration Fee: $42
Monday, July 27
11:30am – 1:00pm
Speaker: Beth Ford
Beth Ford serves as President and CEO of Land O’Lakes, Inc., a Fortune 200 food production and agribusiness company that is also a nearly 100-year-old farmer-owned cooperative. Beth's 34-year career spans six industries at seven companies. Since joining Land O’Lakes in 2011, she has held a variety of roles leading the farmer-to-fork business offerings. Today, she is a passionate advocate on behalf of farmers and rural America with the goal of connecting people, particularly in urban areas, to the farmers and rural communities who grow their food.
A native of Sioux City, Iowa, Beth holds a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University and a master’s degree in business from Columbia University Business School. She also sits on the Board of Directors for the Business Roundtable, the Fortune 150 company PACCAR, Inc., and numerous other industry, non-profit and university boards.
Beth has been recognized by Fortune as one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders and Most Powerful Women and was named to Fast Company’s Most Productive People and Best Leaders lists, among other honors. She was also featured in the “60 Minutes” segment entitled “The Farmers Advocate” during the fall of 2019.
Registration Fee: $25
Space is limited
Registration Fees: Student $25 General $48
Monday, July 27
11:30am – 1:00pm
12 Street Room
Speaker: Dave Weatherspoon, Ph.D.
“Making the Argument for Should”
Dave Weatherspoon is a professor in the Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics Department and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies in the office of the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education at Michigan State University (MSU). Dr. Weatherspoon’s role as an Associate Dean in APUE is to develop policy and lead projects that leverage MSU’s recruitment, admissions, and financial aid resources to decrease opportunity gaps and improve graduation outcomes for all MSU students. Specifically, Dr. Weatherspoon has worked to utilize economic tools to re-assess how students fund their higher educations and how MSU helps support students. Prior to MSU, he was an Associate Professor of Agribusiness Management at Florida A&M University.
Dr. Weatherspoon’s areas of expertise are food industry marketing and industrial organization. His research on domestic and international food supply chain issues has been featured in the literature and in the popular press; New York Times, Washington Post, Detroit Free Press, BBC, and the Associated Press. He has led agribusiness programs and several research and evaluation teams for the World Bank, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in over 30 countries. Currently, his research is focused on the economics of food access, nutrition and health. Dr. Weatherspoon is also a founding member of the Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANNRS) and has won several awards for his work on diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.