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This is a WCEE Lunch and Learn event; please feel free to bring your own lunch. Register early; space is limited.

When: Thurs., Sept 7, 2017
12:00 noon - 1:30 pm
Where: Holland & Knight
800 17th Street, NW
Suite 1100
Washington, District of Columbia  20006
United States
Contact: Cecilia Maggi

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WCEE Lunch & Learn Series presents


"How Climate Change Shapes Agriculture and Food Supply"


~ featuring ~


Sally Rockey, Executive Director

The Foundation for Food and Agriculture (FFAR)


Climate change poses unprecedented effects on agricultural yields, ecosystem services as well as livestock productivity and fertility.  These changes are evident through less predictable precipitation patterns, high temperatures, long-lasting drought as well as flooding that erodes healthy soils. Consequently, global warming threatens our ability to achieve global food security, to keep pollination services, and to manage pest pressures and diseases.


According to the US Department of Agriculture, the United States produces approximately $300 billion a year in agricultural commodities with livestock accounting for roughly half the value. Likewise, insect pollinators help sustain agricultural systems and contribute more than $24 billion, while the weed control market represents more than $11 billion to the United States economy annually.


Increasing temperatures and carbon dioxide concentrations will affect markets locally and globally due to less availability of stocks deriving in higher prices of food, fiber, biofuels along with major needs of pesticides and herbicides.


New research and technologies are responding to more fluctuating weather by developing drought-tolerant seed variates, planting and seeding patterns, soil and water management practices.  Information systems provide more accurate and spatially comprehensive data about climate change impact on tillage practices, crops and crop residue cover to decision-makers.

Join us to learn more about how new governmental policies and private initiatives are addressing social and economic challenges to capitalize new technologies, research and opportunities to curb climate change effects. In other words, join us to comprehend how leading experts enhance the economic and environmental resilience of our food supply.


In this seminar, attendees will learn about:

  • How climate change impacts on agriculture and food supply
  • How to increase efficiency of water use and reduce water pollution in agriculture
  • New technologies and practices to improve crop and livestock

  • How to enhance soil health and promote soil microbial communities

  • How to curb declining pollinator health in agricultural systems


Date: September 7, 2017

Time: 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm

Venue: 800 17th Street, NW – Suite 1100 – Washington, DC 20006.  Attendees must present their ID at the guards desk prior to go up to the 11th floor.

Cost: $0 (WCEE members); $15 (non-WCEE members).

Closest Metro stations: Farragut West Station and Farragut North Station


Contact: Cecilia Maggi (


This is a Lunch & Learn event; please feel free to bring your own lunch.



WCEE is grateful to

Holland and Knight LLP (

for use of its conference facilities.



About our speaker


Dr. Sally Rockey


Dr. Sally Rockey became the inaugural Executive Director of the Foundation for Food and Agriculture (FFAR) in September 2015. Prior to this role, Dr. Rockey was a leader in Federal research, overseeing the operations of the extramural programs in both agriculture and biomedicine. She spent 19 years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture where she held a number of positions within the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service. Very early in her career she became the head of the competitive grants program, overseeing the extramural grants process and portfolio. In her last few years with USDA she was the Chief Information Officer, applying her breadth of government knowledge to IT.

From USDA she moved to and spent 11 years with the National Institutes of Health. As Deputy Director for Extramural Research, Dr. Rockey oversaw the operations of the largest Federal extramural research program and led groundbreaking initiatives and activities that have and will have a lasting positive impact on the research community.

Dr. Rockey was the recipient of the Presidential Rank Award in 2004.  She received her Ph.D. in Entomology from the Ohio State University and did postgraduate work at University of Wisconsin prior to joining the government. She has devoted her career to improving people’s lives through research and will continue her mission by seeing FFAR become an essential component of the scientific enterprise.













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