NAWG Foundation to Sponsor Sessions on Climate, Fertilizer

February 12, 2010 Bookmark and Share

Two learning center sessions at the upcoming Commodity Classic will be sponsored by the NAWG Foundation, furthering its educational mission and enhancing the presence of wheat and wheat growers at the annual event.

The first session, titled, “Climate Change—Are You Sure You Know What You Think You Know?” is scheduled for Friday, March 5, from 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. in Convention Center room 210 A/B.

The session will be led by Laura Sands, a senior associate at The Clark Group, and will cover how the ongoing debate over greenhouse gas legislation and continuing regulatory action is likely to affect agricultural operations. Sands is an experienced voice in the area of climate change and renewable energy, working with nonprofit and business clients on agricultural and bioeconomy initiatives.

The second session will cover fertilizer supply and demand and how the fertilizer market influences growers’ costs. It is set for Saturday, March 6, from 11 a.m. until noon in Convention Center room 210 C/D.

The session will include a panel discussion among Ford West, president of The Fertilizer Institute; Dr. Tracy Blackmer, director of research at the Iowa Soybean Association On-Farm Network; and Alex McGregor, president and chief executive officer of the McGregor Company. The discussion will be moderated by NAWG First Vice President Jerry McReynolds, a producer in Woodston, Kan.

Commodity Classic, the annual convention and trade show of the U.S. wheat, corn, soybean and sorghum industries and NAWG’s annual meeting, will be held March 3 to 6 in Anaheim, Calif.

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