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Farm Bill Platforms from the Field – AGree Coalition

August 9, 2023 @ 10:00 am 11:00 am PDT

The AGree Coalition is focused on driving the adoption of bipartisan policy recommendations that recognize the connection between conservation practices on working agricultural land, reduced agricultural risk, and improved environmental and financial performance. Coalition members include researchers, academics, producers, former USDA officers, and NGO leadership. 

Join us for the final installment of SAFSF’s Farm Bill Platforms from the Field series to hear from AGree Senior Advisor Deborah Atwood and Deputy Project Director Madelyn Smith for an overview of AGree’s 2023 Farm Bill priorities across five categories: agriculture data and research, technical assistance, crop insurance, finance, and climate. Deborah and Madelyn will review how and why AGree chose to focus on these categories as well as where their recommendations stand in the 2023 Farm Bill development process. 


Deborah Atwood, Senior Advisor & Meridian Institute Senior Fellow

Deborah Atwood is a Senior Fellow at Meridian, based in Washington, D.C. She is also the Executive Director of Meridian’s AGree: Transforming Food and Ag Policy Initiative. Through AGree, Deb has advanced groundbreaking policies on food and agriculture in the United States. Her favorite part about working at Meridian is engaging with leaders—farmers and ranchers, researchers, supply chain executives, policy makers—who share her passion for promoting policies and practices that make economic and environmental sense.

Deb has over 35 years of experience working in the private sector and the federal government on policy and legislative matters regarding food, agriculture, the environment, research, and risk management. She started her career focused on marine issues, and she’s delighted to be working on seafood supply chain issues in the Gulf Coast. Deb is the Chair of the Board of Directors of ACDI-VOCA, an agriculture development nonprofit that works in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Deb traces her affinity for the outdoors to her upbringing in the Pacific Northwest. Although she has lived in Washington, D.C. for decades, she still finds ways to enjoy hiking, fly fishing, and canoeing.

Madelyn Smith, Deputy Project Director

Madelyn Smith is a Mediator and Program Associate in Meridian’s Washington, D.C. office. At Meridian, Madelyn supports coalition-building and advocacy efforts to advance U.S. agriculture policy. She also works on projects related to the seafood supply chain in Louisiana, ocean policy, and climate policy. Madelyn graduated from Louisiana State University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Ecology and Management.

This is a free, funder-only event. Registration is required.


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