February 5, 2013
Kevin Coburn, Director of Communications
POULTNEY—Dr. Neilson C. Conklin will be a guest speaker at Green Mountain College Tuesday, February 19, from 3-4 p.m. in the Gorge (Withey Hall). His speech “Developing a Workforce for 21st Century Agriculture” is open to public.
Conklin has served as president of Farm Foundation since January 2008. Previously he served as director of the market and trade economics division of USDA’s Economic Research Service. In that role, he initiated the ERS research program on the economics of bioenergy and directed the development of new modeling frameworks on global trade policy analysis.
Farm Foundation is a non-profit organization that serves as a catalyst for sound public policy by providing objective information that fosters understanding of issues shaping the future for agriculture, food systems and rural regions. Farm Foundation activities focuses in six major areas: agriculture in the environment; energy and agriculture; food, agricultural and trade policy; agricultural and food system productivity, research and technology; food quality, safety and consumer perception and viability of rural regions.
Conklin is speaking at GMC as part of the College’s M.S. in Sustainable Food Systems (MSFS) residency. The MSFS degree program prepares future leaders in the burgeoning local food movement with an interdisciplinary understanding of sustainable agricultural production and a deep knowledge of economic, ecological and social forces driving food systems. The MSFS is the nation’s first distance-learning graduate program focused on sustainable food systems, and the program’s first MSFS cohort will graduate by December 2013.