Session
Title: Bridging the Gap with Farm Data
Date: Tue Aug 3, 2021
Time: 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Moderator: Amy Skoczlas

Farm Journal’s social purpose initiative Trust In Food have been collaborating with The Sustainability Consortium since early 2020 to provide the insights and solutions needed to increase the flow of data from the farm. With fresh data from its annual survey “Farmer Perspectives on Data,” the Trust in Food team will present key takeaways for trusted advisers in how they can advance the needed steps with farmers to capture, report and optimize data. Following the key takeaways, Nate Birt, Vice President, Development & Programming, Trust In Food will moderate a panel discussion

Bridging the Gap with Farm Data

Farm Journal’s social purpose initiative Trust In Food have been collaborating with The Sustainability Consortium since early 2020 to provide the insights and solutions needed to increase the flow of data from the farm. With fresh data from its annual survey “Farmer Perspectives on Data,” the Trust in Food team will present key takeaways for trusted advisers in how they can advance the needed steps with farmers to capture, report and optimize data. Following the key takeaways, Nate Birt, Vice President, Development & Programming, Trust In Food will moderate a panel discussion

John Linder (speaker)
President
National Corn Growers Association

John Linder, of Edison, Ohio, serves as president of the Corn Board of the National Corn Growers Association, a farmer-led trade association with offices in St. Louis and Washington.

Linder, along with his brother, Mike, and wife, Cheryl, run a fifth-generation farm raising corn, soybeans, soft red winter wheat and soybeans for seed in central Ohio. In addition to traditional row crop farming, he also has livestock experience.

As NCGA President, Linder also serves as president of the National Corn Growers Association Foundation, as an executive committee member of NCGA’s Allied Industry Council, and as the association’s delegate to the U.S. Grains Council.

Previously, Linder served as the Corn Board liaison to the Market Access Action Team, on the Resolutions Committee and chaired the Finance and Engaging Members Committees. Additionally, he represented NCGA at the National Coalition for Food and Agriculture Research and the National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center.

Prior to his election to the Corn Board, Linder chaired the NCGA Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team.

On the state level, Linder is a past chair of the Ohio Corn Marketing Program Board of Directors and past member of the Ag Credit Co-op Board.

Carrie Vollmer-Sanders (speaker)
Director of Agriculture Engagement Strategy, North America
The Nature Conservancy

Carrie Vollmer-Sanders is the Director of Agriculture Engagement Strategy in North America. She leads strategy design for our external partnerships to advance The Nature Conservancy’s Soil Health and Nutrients work. Carrie has extensive experience working with growers and agriculture retailers to advance conservation agriculture by making the sustainability business case. She also leads TNC’s efforts to reduce nutrient loss from agricultural land by working with partners to expand adoption of the 4Rs of Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program in priority geographies throughout the U.S. and Canada. In 2014, Carrie received the White House Champion of Change Award for her leadership in developing the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program for Lake Erie.

Prior to joining TNC in 2010, Carrie was the Agricultural Ecology Specialist at Michigan Farm Bureau. She has a bachelor’s degree in agriculture education and a master’s degree in agricultural economics, both from Michigan State University. Carrie and her husband, Ryan, live in Angola, Indiana, with their two sons. They own Grains and Greens Inc., a farm that grows corn, beans and wheat.

Jeff Peters (speaker)
Director, Sustainable Agriculture
Nutrien Ag Solutions

Jeff Peters is Director of Sustainability for Nutrien’s Sustainable Agriculture team with emphasis on downstream partnerships.

Jeff’s family has farmed for 5 generations in northeast Mississippi.  He’s worked in the Ag Industry for 27 years within R&D, Stewardship, & Marketing functions.

He’s spent the past 14 years working in the realm of Ag Sustainability.

He enjoys his time away from Nutrien with carpentry projects and his latest project is building a logcabin (aka “pout house”).

In 2016, he joined Agrible’s team focusing on sustainability and has been a Nutrien staff member ever since the Agrible acquisition of 2018.

Amy Skoczlas (speaker)
Executive Vice President
Trust In Food

Over the course of a 25-year career spanning Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits and foundations, Amy has worked to reimagine the systems that deliver clean water, sustainable food and low carbon energy to society. Amy has a proven track record of helping businesses and nonprofits alike increase and sharpen their impact, grow their revenue and deepen their collaboration with stakeholders and employees. She has worked domestically and internationally at every point in the food-fuel-fiber value chain, advancing new paradigms for a healthy, thriving society and planet. 

She currently serves as Executive Vice President at Farm Journal, U.S. agriculture’s leading business intelligence and communications company. There, she leads Trust in Food, a purpose-driven business accelerating the adoption of regenerative agriculture across the U.S., and America’s Conservation Ag Movement, one of the largest and most diverse public-private partnerships in conservation agriculture’s history.

Amy joined Farm Journal after serving as managing director of The Water Main, a social impact enterprise of American Public Media, which connected with over 8 million Americans to build and measure public will for clean, accessible, affordable water. While there, she launched the groundbreaking farmer to farmer sustainable ag podcast “Field Work,” the first ever nationally representative study of how Americans think, feel and take action on water, and “In Deep,” a program exploring the labyrinth of how our water is cleaned, managed and delivered from toilet to tap.

Before joining APMG, she was the founder of a strategic advisory firm focused on redefining the relationship between people, planet and the global economy. As part of this work, she served as the founding chair of the Sustainable Growth Coalition, a group of over 30 global businesses and organizations collaborating to drive a circular economy, regenerative and sustainable by design. 

Earlier in her career, she served as vice president, sustainability for Pentair, a $7-billion global water tech company, and executive director of the Pentair Foundation, leading an integrated program of upstream agricultural practices, payments for ecosystem services and downstream water quality interventions. Before that, she served as the head of sustainability for eBay Inc., propelling eBay to the Newsweek’s Top 100 Green Companies. 

Amy started her career at Conservation International (CI), where she forged some of the earliest collaborations between environmentalists and the private sector. Over the course of 13 years, she was a leader in CI’s efforts to design and build best environmental and social practices across key industrial sectors, including global agriculture, forestry, energy, mining and the built environment. This work took her around the world, from the cloud forests of Mexico to the savannahs of Africa and included a two-year posting in Brazil.

A frequent speaker and presenter, Amy is the author of numerous articles and blog posts on social innovation, the science of behavioral change and sustainable development, including co-editor of “Footprints in the Jungle,” published by Oxford University Press. She holds an MBA from George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in environmental policy from Vanderbilt. She currently serves as the vice chair of the Great Plains Institute for Sustainable Development, on the expert advisory board for Ensia magazine from the University of Minnesota’s Institute on Environment, and in an ongoing advisory role for American Public Media. After living and working on both coasts and in Brazil, she now calls Minneapolis, Minn., home, where she lives with her husband, two school-aged children and a mischievous dog.

Length (approx): 80 min