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Over the years, NCFAR has hosted tens of thousands of attendees at hundreds of seminars and webinars. The goal of these signature events is to educate and empower staff on Capitol Hill and policy stakeholders about the value of public investment in food and agricultural research. NCFAR’s popular "Lunch-n-Learn" series and webinars feature experts from institutions across the country sharing expertise on a wide range of topics. 

Review recent topics and presentations in the below archive.

  • 2022

    • Tuesday, August 16, 2022 at 11:00 AM Eastern Time

      NCFAR Virtual Lunch-N-Learn: Evaluating End-Use Potential for Process Food Wastes

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      Series sponsors: Eversole Associates, Extension Committee on Organization & Policy (ECOP), and SoAR Foundation

      Process food waste is generated by large-scale food producers and is generally comprised of inedible portions of organic matter like fruit and vegetable trimmings, skins and peels, and brewing and wine waste. Diversion of these wastes from the landfill to higher value products can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and give additional value to a once discarded source. Process food waste is rich in carbon and often contain various nutraceuticals or bioactive compounds that can be recovered. Alternatively, the process food waste can be upgraded to methane via anaerobic digestion.           

      Speaker Biography:
      Dr. Abigail Engelberth is an Assistant Professor in Agricultural and Biological Engineering and in Environmental and Ecological Engineering at Purdue University. She earned a B.S. and M.E. in Chemical Engineering from Iowa State University and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Arkansas. Dr. Engelberth was a postdoctoral research assistant at the University of Maine and built a process model to emulate the conversion of hemicellulose into liquid fuels via anaerobic digestion. Dr. Engelberth’s research focuses on three sections:  identifying new bioproducts or new sources from which to obtain existing bioproducts; developing methods to recover bioproducts; and modeling the recovery and purification steps in order to effectively scale-up the process.

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    • Tuesday, June 28, 2022 at 11:00 AM Eastern Time

      NCFAR Virtual Lunch-N-Learn: The Impact of Climate Change on Agricultural Production and Rural Communities

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      Series sponsors: Eversole Associates, Extension Committee on Organization & Policy (ECOP), and SoAR Foundation


      Climate change is impacting rural America from the arid west to the humid east. America’s agricultural producers are living with intensifying droughts, wildfires, temperature extremes, floods, hail, hurricanes, and reduced winter snowpack all of which increase production risks. Of significance, aquifer levels in arid and semi-arid production regions are no longer meeting crop water demands, and in many cases no longer a viable water source for rural communities. The presentation will address Climate Smart practices that are being investigated in the Texas High Plains and emphasize the impacts of reduced agricultural production on America’s farmers, ranchers, and rural communities.        


      Speaker Biography:

      Dr. Jourdan Bell is an Associate Professor and Extension Specialist in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences at Texas A&M University in Amarillo, Texas. Dr. Bell’s extension and research efforts focus on agronomic management to improve crop production and profitability on the Texas High Plains. Her extension activities include assisting county extension agents with demonstration trials as well as compiling and presenting results for regional producers through trial reports and county programs. Her research portfolio focuses on crop selection and agronomic practices in sorghum, wheat, cotton, and corn systems on the Texas High Plains in the face of declining regional groundwater levels. Dr. Bell earned her PhD in soil science from Texas A&M University and a M.S. in plant, soil, and environmental science form West Texas A&M University. Dr. Bell is actively involved with the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America as well as Women in Science Endeavors (WISE).

    • Wednesday, February 23, 2022 at 10:00 AM Eastern Time

      NCFAR Latte-N-Learn: NASS & ERS

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      NASS Administrator Hubert Hamer and ERS Administrator Spiro Stefanou 

    • Tuesday, February 8, 2022 at 1:00 PM Eastern Time

      NCFAR Latte-N-Learn Series: NIFA

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      NIFA Director Carrie Castille & Senior Leadership Team

    • Thursday, February 3, 2022

      USDA REE Latte-N-Learn Series - ARS

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      USDA ARS Associate Administrator Steve Kappes

  • 2021

    • Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at 12:00 PM Eastern Time

      Animal Protein: From Pen/Feedlot/Barn Or From a Petri-Dish/Lab?

      Ken Olson, FASS
      Keith Belk, Professor and Head, Department of Animal Science and Adjunct Professor in the Colorado School of Public Health

    • Monday, July 26, 2021 at 12:00 PM Eastern Time

      Hacking Photosynthesis

      Charlie Messina, Corteva Agriscience
      Lisa Ainsworth, Global Change and Photosynthesis Research Unit, USDA, ARS

    • Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at 1:00 PM Eastern Time

      The Role of Agricultural Science and Technology in Climate 21 Project Implementation

      CAST Webinar, Co-Hosted By NCFAR

      David Baltensperger, Texas A&M University
      Zhengxia Dou, University of Pennsylvania
      Marty Matlock, University of Arkansas
      Debbie Reed, Ecosystem Services
      Alex Thomasson, Mississippi State University
      Juan Tricarico, Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy

    • Thursday, June 3, 2021 at 12:00 PM Eastern Time

      Strengthening Climate Change Adaption, Mitigation, and Resilience through Cooperative Extension

      Roslynn Brain McCann, Utah State University, Moab, Utah
    • Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 1:00 PM Eastern Time

      USDA Research Investments - ERS/NASS

      Spiro Sterfanou, USDA, ERS Administrator, Washington, D.C.
      Herbert Hamer, USDA, NASS Administrator, Washington, D.C.
      Barb Glenn, NASDA CEO, Arlington, Virginia

    • Monday, March 22, 2021 at 1:00 PM Eastern Time

      USDA Research Investments - ARS

      Chavonda Jacobs-Young, USDA, ARS, Washington, D.C.
      Alice H. Lichtenstein, USDA, ARS, Washington, D.C.
      Russell W. Jessup, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

    • Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 1:00 PM Eastern Time

      USDA Research Investments - NIFA

      Carrie Castille, USDA, NIFA, Washington, D.C.
      Bret Hess, Western Association of Agricultural Experiment Station Directors, Reno, Nevada
      Susan Ballabina, Texas A&M AgriLife, Stephenville, Texas
      Jason Henderson, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
      Vonda Richardson, Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, Florida
      Alton Thompson, Executive Director, Association of 1890s Research Directors, Tuskegee, Alabama
      Brian Kowalkowski, College of Menominee Nation, Keshena, Wisconsin

  • 2020

    • Monday, July 13, 2020

      Catching Up With the CRISPR Craze, Applications of Genome Editing in Ag and Beyond

      Rodolphe Barrangou, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina
    • Wednesday, June 17, 2020

      Plant Science Decadal Vision 2020 - 2030

      David Stern, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
      Samantha Shoaf Miller, Beck's Hybrids, Atlanta, Indiana

    • Monday, June 8, 2020

      Slowing the Spread of Harmful Algal Blooms

      Ken Wagner, Water Resource Services Inc. Wilbraham, Massachusetts
    • Wednesday, May 13, 2020

      Advancing Farm Animal Management with Improved Methods to Recognize and Manage Pain

      Hans Coetzee, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas
    • Thursday, February 20, 2020

      Plant Breeding for Food Safety

      Allen Van Deynze, University of California, Davis, California