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 NORTH AMERICAN AGRICULTURAL BIOTECHNOLOGY COUNCIL
25TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Biotechnology and North American Specialty Crops:
Linking Research, Regulation, and Stakeholders

Tuesday June 4th

11:00        Registration Opens – Annenberg Conference Center

1:00–1:05 Conference Opening – Graham Scoles, NABC Chair

1:05–1:50 Keynote Speaker – Roger BeachyExecutive Director and Chief Executive Officer, Global Institute for Food Security

SESSION 1: MEETING OVERVIEW

1:50–1:55 Chair’s Comments – David BaltenspergerProfessor & Head of Soil & Crop Sciences Dept., Texas A&M University

1:55–2:20 Transgenic Papaya Story:  Still a Public Sector Anomaly? – Dennis Gonsalves, Center Director, USDA Pacific Basin Agricultural Research Center

2:20–2:45 Benefits of Biotech Specialty Crops: The Need For A New Path Forward – Tony SheltonProfessor, Dept. of Entomology, Cornell University

2:45–3:10 Potential Concerns of Different Stakeholders to Genetically Engineered Specialty Crops – Gregory Jaffe, Director, Biotechnology Project, Center for Science in the Public Interest

3:10–3:25 Panel Q&A

3:25–3:40 BREAK

SESSION 2: CASE STUDIES

3:40–3:45 Chair Comments – David BaltenspergerProfessor & Head, Dept. of Soil & Crop Sciences, Texas A&M University

3:45–4:10 Orange Juice – Will it be Available to Drink in the Future? (Agriculturally or Commercially) – Rick Kress, President, Southern Gardens

4:10–4:35 Biotech and Apples – Why they Fit – Neal Carter, President/Founder, Okanagan Specialty Fruits

4:35–5:00 Bringing Biotech Potatoes to Market – Haven Baker, VP of Plant Sciences, J.R. Simplot

5:00–5:25 Vegetable Case Study – John Purcell, VP of Technology Development, Monsanto

5:25–5:40 Panel Q&A

5:40–6:00 BREAK

6:00–6:30 POSTER SESSION

6:30–8:30 WELCOMING REMARKS AND RECEPTION

Mark Hussey, Vice Chancellor and Dean, Texas A&M AgriLife
Craig Nessler, Director, Texas A&M AgriLife Research

Wednesday June 5th

SESSION 3: THE REGULATORY PROCESS AND TECHNOLOGY ACCESS FOR SPECIALTY CROPS

8:00–8:05 Welcome and Chair Comments – Dan LinebergerProfessor & Head, Dept. of Horticultural Sciences, Texas A&M University

8:05–8:30 Regulation of Plant-Incorporated Protectants by the US Environmental Protection Agency – Chris WozniakBiotechnology Special Assistant, US Environmental Protection Agency

8:30–8:55 Reflections on the Past, Present, and Future of USDA’s Regulation of Agricultural Biotechnology – Dave HeronAssistant Director, USDA/APHIS BRS Policy Coordination Programs

8:55–9:20 Ensuring Food and Feed Safety: U.S. Food Law and FDA’s Biotechnology Consultation Process – Robert MerkerSupervisory Consumer Safety Officer, FDA/Center for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition

9:20–9:45 Canadian Regulatory Process for Plants With Novel Traits – Patricia McAllisterActing National Manager, Plant Biosafety Office, Canadian Food Inspection Agency

9:45–10:05 Panel Q&A

10:05–10:20 BREAK

10:20–10:25 Chair Comments – Dan LinebergerProfessor & Head, Dept. of Horticultural Sciences, Texas A&M University

10:25–10:50 Getting to Yes: How to Achieve Pre-Market Approval – Scott ThenellOwner and Principal Consultant, Thenell & Associates LLC

10:50–11:15 Cultural Shift – Peter SchuermanDirector of Innovation Management, Texas A&M AgriLife Research

11:15–11:40 Intellectual Property For Crop Transformation: A Continuing Saga For Agricultural Innovation In The Public Sector – Alan BennettExecutive Director, PIPRA; Professor of Plant Science, University of California, Davis

11:40–12:00 Panel Q&A

 12:00–1:00 LUNCH: Manufacturing Vaccines – Brett Giroir, Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives, The Texas A&M University System; Principal Investigator, Texas A&M Center for Innovation in Advanced Development and Manufacturing

SESSION 4: PERSPECTIVES FROM RELEVANT GROUPS

1:00–1:05 Chair’s Comments – Daniel LeskovarProfessor and Center Director,Texas A&M AgriLife Research & Extension Center, Uvalde

1:05–1:30 Sustaing Ag for the World of Tomorrow – J Allan CarnesMayor, Uvalde, Texas

1:30–1:55 The “Stacked” Pipeline of Biotech Specialty Crops and Regulatory/Market Barriers – Thomas RedickGlobal Environmental Ethics Counsel (GEEC), Clayton, MO

1:55–2:20 SWOT Analysis of the Texas Vegetable & Fruit Industry – Bill McCutchenExecutive Associate Director, Texas A&M AgriLife Research

2:20–2:35 Panel Q&A

2:35–2:50 BREAK

2:50–2:55 Chair’s Comments – Daniel Leskovar,  Professor and Center Director,Texas A&M AgriLife Research & Extension Center, Uvalde

2:55–3:20 GE Specialty Crops Need Regulatory Assistance – Alan McHughenCE Biotechnology Specialist & Geneticist, University of California

3:20–3:45 Human Health Benefits from Specialty-Crop Foods – Mary Ann LilaDirector, Plants for Human Health Institute, North Carolina State University

3:45–4:10 Transforming Modern Agriculture Through Synthetic Genomics Technologies – Jim FlattChief Technology Officer, Synthetic Genomics

4:10–4:25 Panel Q&A

4:25–4:40 BREAK

4:40–5:40 Breakout Sessions

5:40–6:00 BREAK & Transport to AgriLife Center

6:00–8:30 BANQUET & KEYNOTE PRESENTATION

Commissioner Todd Staples, Texas Department of Agriculture

Thursday June 6th

SESSION 5: NEXT STEPS

8:30–9:00 Welcome & Breakout Reports – Steve PueppkeAssociate VP for Research & Graduate Studies, Michigan State University

9:00–10:30 Panel Discussion – Steve Pueppke, Bill McCutchen, Tony Shelton, Gregory JaffeNeal Carter

10:30–11:00 BREAK

11:00–12:00 Continue Panel Discussion

12:00–1:30 LUNCH:  Student Voice Report

1:30 Conference Closure

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