The Agriculture Update will focus narrowly on: 1) current technology issues in agriculture including genetically modified organisms (GMOs), herbicides, pesticides, agriculture water pollution, aquifer depletion, antibiotics in livestock, and accurate food labeling; and 2) current agriculture finance issues including consolidation in agriculture industries, crop subsidies and the federal agricultural regulatory process.

The Committee:

Norman Turrill, Chair

Sheri Latash

Margaret Chasson

Marnie Lonsdale

Linda Hoff

Maggie Robertson

Valerie Kelly

Jessica Trites Rolle

Carol Kuniholm





Oct. 2012

Board approves initial study scope, timeline and consensus criteria.

Nov. 2012

Study chair invites study committee applications.

Nov. 2012 – Jan. 2013

Education Fund Committee interviews applicants and references.

Jan. - Feb. 2013

Education Fund Committee proposes and receives approval of full Board for study committee appointments (via electronic meeting).

Jan. 2013

Study committee begins meeting, reviews study scope and timeline, and may recommend changes to Feb. Board meeting.

Feb. - Dec. 2013

Study committee prepares or selects study materials, a Leader's Guide, etc. and posts on website. A study forum or discussion list is opened.

Feb. - April 1, 2014

State and local Leagues may form study committees, examine study materials, hold public meetings, etc.

Nov. 2013

Study committee proposes consensus questions to the Education Fund Committee, which may discuss them with the study committee, and then propose and adopt them by the Board.

Jan. - April 1, 2014

State and local Leagues  hold consensus meetings.

March 2014

Education Fund Committee proposes and Board appoints Member Agreement Committee.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Tentative deadline for consensus reports via electronic survey form only.

April 2014

Member Agreement Committee decides if consensus was reached, and if so, proposes a new position statement to the Education Fund Committee, which then proposes it to the full Board for adoption.

May 2014

Consensus result or new position statement is announced before Convention.

Suggested Readings

The Committee has identified three specific background documents that provide a broad and relatively neutral overview of the complex set of issues addressed by U.S. agricultural policy and three websites that provide similar types of information, but from the website sponsor’s point of view. The Committee would like to point out that although we have done our best to identify “neutral” background resources, each of the documents and websites is presenting information that is consistent with the mission of the authors and/or sponsoring organization, so League members must be willing to read widely to get a balanced understanding of the agricultural policy challenges facing the U.S. in particular and the world in general.



Multimedia Resources for Background Information

The multimedia resources are provided as an indication of the breadth of the topics covered in the update. They are not meant to endorse any particular practice of viepoint.