Iowa State University Town Hall Forum
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM (CDT)
LIVE! In Person and Online, Around The World
You Must Register Online Whether You Are Attending The Event In Person Or Via The Live Stream on The Internet
Biodiversity World Tour:
Exploring the present and future of a sustainable planet
Featuring Guest Participant, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack
“Humans are part of nature's rich diversity and have the power to protect or destroy it”
~ United Nations’ Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity
The United Nations (UN) has declared 2010 to be the International Year of Biodiversity — it is a celebration of life on earth and of the value of biodiversity for our lives. Today, more than ever, sustainable agricultural practices are essential to maintaining our world’s natural resources and biodiversity as well as supporting an increasing population.
In this spirit, Iowa State University, CropLife International, CropLife America, and Truth about Trade and Technology have partnered together for the first stop on the Biodiversity World Tour to bring together farmers around the world to discuss what they are doing on a daily basis to preserve our planet and how they see these practices improving in the future. In addition, interacting with the panel and taking questions from both the in-person and online audience will be United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.
You are invited to take part in the discussion and make your voice heard. We want to hear your questions and comments about how farmers today can feed a growing world while protecting our environment around us.
You can participate in-person or online via webcast, Twitter, Facebook, and e-mail. Click here to learn how.
Tom Vilsack, United States Secretary of Agriculture, Iowa State University Distinguished Fellow.
Rajesh Kumar, Vegetable Farmer from Tamil Nadu, India.
Louis Rodriguez, Corn and Cattle Farmer from Jamastran Valley, Honduras.
Pam Johnson, Corn and Soybean Farmer from Central Iowa, United States.
Gary Munkvold, Seed Science Endowed Chair, Chair of the Graduate Program in Seed Technology and Business, Iowa State University.
Judy Chambers, Director of the Program for Biosafety Systems in the Environment and Production Technology Division at IFPRI, Senior Advisor to USAID.
Orion Samuelson, Nationally Syndicated Host of National Farm Report, Samuelson Sez, and This Week in Agribusiness, Member of the Radio Broadcaster Hall of Fame.
We are excited to offer the chance for all interested parties to participate before and during the event via the web.
How you can participate before the event:
1. Twitter: Please direct your questions @CropLifeIntl with the hashtag #BWT2010. For example, “@CropLifeIntl How are farmers today able to increase production while protecting surrounding lands? #BWT2010”
2. Facebook: Please visit our Facebook Page and leave a question on the wall.
3. E-mail: Click here to e-mail us a question anytime before and during the event or visit www.biodiversityworldtour.com/ISU and submit a question through the Ask a Question form.
4. Video: Visit www.biodiversityworldtour.com/ISU and click on the ‘Upload a Video’ link
How you can participate during the event:
Watch the LIVE webcast at www.BiodiversityWorldTour.com
During the event we will be taking questions from anyone around the globe via:
1. Twitter: Just use the hashtag #BWT2010 and your tweets will appear in the auditorium for the audience, moderator, and panelists to see.
2. Email: Click here to e-mail questions during the event.