Farm Country Forum to Convene Leaders Around Agriculture's Top Issues

Farm Journal will host a digital event on April 16 to discuss the farmer of the future and the effects of COVID-19 on agricultural production and America's food supply.

LENEXA, Kan. - April 13, 2020 - (

​​​​​​​​​​Farm Journal will host a slate of thought leaders and industry experts from agribusinesses to government agencies at the Farm Country Forum, April 16, 2020. The digital event will uncover new research about the farmer of the future, discuss agriculture’s biggest challenges and look at how COVID-19 will change the way America sees its food supply. Registration is free and open to the public.

“For nearly 150 years, Farm Journal has delivered timely and valuable information to a wide range of agricultural audiences,” said Charlene Finck, President of Farm Journal. “The slate of speakers for Farm Country Forum is impressive and will provide valuable perspectives to help all of us find ways to navigate the new normal of business going forward.”

The Farm Country Forum starts at 10 a.m. Central and features morning and afternoon programs with panel discussions, viewer-driven Q&A and real-time polling to gauge audience opinions. Sessions and presenters include:

The Farmer of the Future

Open your eyes to true intelligence around how farmers, ranchers and growers will change over the next 20 years. Presenters include Doug Edge, Farm Journal, and Brett Sciotto, Aimpoint Research.

Tracking the Pulse of America’s Farmers

Learn how Farm Journal’s editorial team keeps their fingers on the pulse of American agriculture. Presenters include Chip Flory, host of AgriTalk; Clinton Griffiths, host of AgDay; Greg Henderson, editor of Drovers; Sara Schafer, editor of Top Producer; Jennifer Shike, editor of Farm Journal’s PORK; and Portia Stewart, Content Strategy Director for Farm Journal.

Ag Retail Instills Reliability in An Uncertain Time

What does COVID-19 mean for ag retailers long-term and how will they operate going forward? Presenters include Amy Asmus, Asmus Farm Supply, Rake, Iowa; Harold Cooper, Premier Ag, Seymour, Ind.; Henry Holloway, The Mill, Bel Air, Md.; and Margy Eckelkamp, editor of AgPro.

Keeping Food on America’s Table

Produce Industry experts are staying nimble in a new world of supply and demand, transportation and logistical issues. Presenters include Kevin Byers, PCC Community Markets, Seattle, Wash.; Jeff Cady, Tops Markets, Williamsville, N.Y.; Alex DiNovo, DNO Produce, Columbus, Ohio; Thomas Kovacevich III, T.M. Kovacevich Philadelphia Inc., Philadelphia, Pa.; Roger Pepperl, Stemlit Growers, Wenatchee, Wash.; Tom Karst, editor of The Packer.

How COVID-19 Will Forever Change the Way America Sees its Food Supply

COVID-19 has opened the window for agriculture to engage, educate and reassure consumers about their food supply. Presenters include Mary Shelman, The Shelman Group; Frank Yiannis, U.S. Food and Drug Administration; Roger Thurow, Chicago Council on Global Affairs; and Nate Birt, Trust In Food.

To view a full agenda and register for the event, go to

Media Contact:  Susan Rhode,, 913-213-7110

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