Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, notice is hereby
given of the public meeting of the Board for International Food and
Agricultural Development (BIFAD). The meeting will be held from 8:30
a.m. to 4 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 in the South Ballroom
of the Memorial Union at Purdue University, 101 N Grant St, West
Lafayette, Indiana. The meeting will be streamed live on the Internet.
The link to the global live stream is on BIFAD's home page: http://www.usaid.gov/bifad.
The central theme of this public meeting will be Crossroads:
Science, Innovation, Markets, and Policy for Feeding the World. Dr.
Brady Deaton, BIFAD Chair, will preside over the public business
meeting, which will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. EDT with opening
remarks. At this meeting, the Board will address old and new business
and hear updates from USAID, the university community, and other
experts on climate-smart agriculture, plant sciences and the role of
various constituents in feeding the world's population.
Starting at 9 a.m., Dr. Waded Cruzado, BIFAD Board Member will
present the BIFAD Award for Scientific Excellence which recognizes
individual researchers and/or a team of researchers for significant
achievements in work performed through USAID's Feed the Future
Starting at 9:30 a.m., BIFAD will hear from the first panel hosted
by Dr. Jeffrey Dukes, Director of the Purdue Climate Change Research
Center and Professor of Forestry & Natural Resources and Biological
Sciences. Dr. Thomas Hertel, Distinguished Professor of Agriculture
will moderate the panel titled Climate-Smart Agriculture--Closing the
Yield Gap in a Changing Climate. Presenters for this panel are Dr.
Mitch Tuinstra, Professor of Plant Breeding and Genetics and Wickersham
Chair; Dr. Linda Prokopy, Associate Professor, Natural Resource
Science; and an additional panelist to be determined. The panel will
conclude with a 15 minute comment period.
Starting at 11:15 a.m., Dr. Karen Plaut, Senior Associate Dean for
Research and Faculty Affairs, will moderate a panel on Plant Sciences
Research and Education Pipeline. Presenters for this panel are Dr.
Melba Crawford, Associate Dean of Engineering for Research; Dr. Katy
Rainey, Assistant Professor of Agronomy; and Dr. Jian Kang Zhu,
Distinguished Professor of Plant Biology. This panel will conclude with
a 15 minute comment period.
Starting at 2:15 p.m., Dr. Jay Akridge, Glen W. Sample Dean of
Agriculture, will moderate a panel on US Ag Industry's Role in Feeding
the World. Presenters for this panel are Ted McKinney, Director of the
Indiana State Department of Agriculture; and Jim Moseley, a local
At 3:30 p.m., Chairman Deaton will moderate a half-hour public
comment period. At 4 p.m. EDT Dr. Deaton, will make closing remarks and
adjourn the public meeting. At 4 p.m., after the meeting has been
adjourned, BIFAD and members of the public are invited to view the
Purdue University poster display.
Those wishing to attend the meeting or obtain additional
information about BIFAD should contact Susan Owens, Executive Director
and Designated Federal Officer for BIFAD in the Bureau for Food
Security at USAID. Interested persons may write to her in care of the
U.S. Agency for International Development, Ronald Reagan Building,
Bureau for Food Security, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Room 2.09-067,
Washington, DC, 20523-2110 or telephone her at (202) 712-0218.