Howard Buffett, president of The Howard G. Buffett foundation, challenged the attendees to combat hunger around the world.
Farm Journal Forum Attendees
More than 100 policy makers, journalists and farmers attended the 2011 Farm Journal Forum
Sen. Pat Roberts
Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) kicked off the morning with the news maker breakfast. Despite being the ranking Republican on the Senate Agriculture Committee, he has not seen the final draft of the proposed 2012 Farm Bill.
Glickman, Stabenow, Buffett, Weber
Former Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman, Senate Ag Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich), Howard Buffett and Farm Journal Media CEO Andy Weber take a networking break.
Montana rancher and farmer Marty Klinker pressed the Congressional speakers about the lack of regulatory oversight that he says led to the MF Global bankruptcy.
House Ag Committee ranking Democrat Collin Peterson will propose legislation this week that will prohibit futures clearing firms from using segregated accounts to cover their own investments.
Bruce Scheer, CEO of Informa Economics, expects the unemployment rate to fall below 8% by next year's elections.
Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Senate Agriculture Committee Chair, hinted that the Farm Bill will likely eliminate direct payments, but she will fight hard to keep crop insurance options.
Informa Economics Policy Analyst Jim Wiesemeyer expects a completed Farm Bill in 2012, but he says it must be finished by May if it will be passed this year.