Symposium Looks at Challenge of Producing More Food on a Smaller Carbon Footprint

MADISON – On the day before World Food Day, a group of agricultural leaders will gather to discuss how technology can be harnessed to meet the world’s need for food, fiber and fuel while reducing their industry’s carbon footprint.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Renk Agribusiness Institute will host a symposium entitled “World Food Challenge: Role of Technology in Food Production” on Oct. 15 from 10:30-11:45 a.m. in the Ebling Symposium Hall of Microbial Sciences Building, 1550 Linden Drive.

The discussion will focus on prudent use of technology to enhance both the efficiency and sustainability of food production.

Panelists will include Chris Policinski, president and chief executive officer of Land O’ Lakes, Inc.; Jerry Steiner, executive vice president of Monsanto Corporation; and David Nevill, senior manager of Biotech Development and Stewardship at Sygenta Global. The moderator will be Randy Fortenbery, director of Renk Agribusiness Institute.

The symposium marks the introduction of the John E. Gherty Distinguished Lecture Series. The series was initiated with a gift from John Gherty, former CEO of Land O’ Lakes Inc. and the Land O’Lakes Foundation to the Renk Agribusiness Institute.

The Renk Agribusiness Institute was established in 1996 to provide executive business educational opportunities to agriculture producers and agribusiness.

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