Food, Ag leaders discuss importance of US-China collaboration

canola fields 1911392 640The United States Heartland China Association (USHCA), in collaboration with its Chinese and American partners, will host the first virtual US-China agriculture roundtable beginning on 23 March

The three-week event, which will feature an array of top leaders and thinker in food and agriculture, will focus on how agriculture can address major global challenges and stabilize bilateral relations between the US and the People’s Republic of China.

“USHCA strongly believes that agriculture can help accelerate a climate-wise recovery for America as well as act as a stabilising bedrock for the important US-China bilateral relationship,” said Bob Holden, chairman and CEO of the USHCA and former governor of Missouri. “Through this global sharing of ideas, we hope to shed a light on a way forward that would benefit China, the US, and the planet.”

Entitled ‘Shared Challenges to Shared Future: Finding the Way Forward’, the series of programmes is dedicated to three pioneers who helped transform agriculture: George Washington Carver, Norman Borlaug, and Yuan Longping.

Participants in the forums are expected to include leaders from major food and agriculture companies, education institutions, and research organisations. Select confirmed participants include:

-Krysta Harden, CEO of USDEC

-Elsa Murano, Director of Borlaug Institute, Texas A& M University

-Polly Ruhland, CEO of United Soybean Board

-Bill Even, CEO of National Pork Board

-Erik Fyrwald, CEO of Syngenta Group

-Rattan Lal, Ohio State University, 2020 World Food Prize Laureate

-Juan Luciano, Chairman and CEO of ADM

-John C. May, Chairman and CEO of John Deere

-Damona Doye, Associate VP, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service

“We feel fortunate to be able to bring together an outstanding group of leaders and influencers who are instrumental in guiding agriculture through the many global challenges we face today,” Holden continued. “By sharing thoughts and ideas, we hope to create new ways to tackle the problems that confront us all.”

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