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2016 Keynote Speeches

OTA’s 2016 Policy Conference featured a robust panel of keynote speakers including U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (ME-1) and many other thought provoking leaders. Video stream recordings from the conference sessions are available below. These videos are also available on OTA’s YouTube channel.

The Honorable Chellie Pingree (ME-1)
United States House of Representatives


Laura Batcha
CEO/Executive Director, Organic Trade Association


Edward Jaenicke, PhD
Penn State University


The Honorable Tom Vilsack  
Secretary, U. S. Department of Agriculture


Elanor Starmer
Administrator, USDA Agricultural Marketing Service


The Honorable Jeff Merkley (D-OR) 
United States Senate


Miles McEvoy
Deputy Administrator, National Organic Program, USDA Agricultural Marketing Service


Ambassador Darci Vetter
Chief Agricultural Negotiator, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative


The Honorable Dan Newhouse (WA-4)
United States House of Representatives


Agri-Pulse Political Dialogue

For the first time, Agri-Pulse’s Philip Brasher and Spencer Chase took the main stage to discuss the issues that are defining the landscape for agriculture in this election year and beyond. Those who closely follow ag. politics enjoy Brasher and Chase’s weekly dispatches from Capitol Hill analyzing news that affects food policy. The pair filmed their weekly analysis segment live onstage at OTA’s Policy Conference, then took questions from the audience on a range of relevant issues.