Summit Welcome & Blessing

Summit Agenda

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February 8


Food System Equity

1:00pm - 3:00pm

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February 10


Feeding the Future with Farm to School

9:00am - 11:00am

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February 10


Food Access

1:00pm - 3:00pm

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February 11


Climate Resilient Agricultural Practices

9:00am - 11:00am

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February 11


Sustainability

1:00pm - 3:00pm

Meet Our Speakers

Featured Speakers

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Rob Larew

Food System Equity

Rob was elected National Farmers Union’s 15th president during the organization’s 118th anniversary convention in 2020. He previously served as NFU’s Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Communications, and prior to his employment with NFU, served over 22 years in Congress and USDA. Larew was raised on a dairy farm in Greenville, West Virginia. He graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with a Bachelor of Science in Dairy Science and completed graduate work in Agronomy at Pennsylvania State University.

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Sommer Sibilly-Brown

Feeding the Future
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Sommer is an advocate for food equity and justice, whose passion led her to founding the Virgin Islands Good Food Coalition, Inc, a place-based organization that works toward security, sovereignty, and sustainability for all. She has worked with farmers, chefs, teachers, and local and State Agencies, multiple national Universities and testified at congress. She is also the creator of Food Learn, a program that exposes youth in the US Virgin Islands to food system conversations.

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Jess Halliday

Climate Resilient
Agricultural Practices

Jess is a consultant, researcher and journalist specialising in food policy. As an associate of the RUAF Global Partnership, she works with a number of cities, NGOs and universities around the world on policies and programmes for sustainable, resilient urban and city region food systems.

She holds a PhD in Food Policy from City, University of London. She is now based near the city of Montpellier in southern France.

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Panel Speakers

Food System Equity

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Andrea Basche

Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

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Senator Tony Vargas

Nebraska Legislature District 7

Feeding the Future with Farm to School

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Ricardo Ariza

Teacher, Omaha Nation Public Schools

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Senator Tom Brandt

Nebraska Legislature Dist. 32

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Mary Carman

Food Service Director, Gering Public Schools

Climate Resilient Agricultural Practices

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Delberta Frazier

Teacher, A’shita the’wathe! (Let’s Go Outside!) Program, Omaha Nation Public Schools

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Carrie Horazeck

University of Nebraska–Lincoln

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Jeff Jirovec

Founder & Operator, Grow with the Flow Aquaponics

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Alex McKiernan

Co-Founder & Financial Manager, Robinette Farms

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Brenda Murphy

Program Coordinator, A’shita the’wathe! (Let’s Go Outside!) Program, Omaha Nation Public Schools

Food Access

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Cecilia Saavedra

Latino Center of the Midlands

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Nancy Williams

Co-Founder & President/CEO, No More Empty Pots

Sustainability

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Jerry Cornett

Prairie Plate Restaurant & Lakehouse Farm

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Miki Esposito

Senior Policy Advisor, City of Lincoln

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Connie Fitzpatrick

Intern, Douglas County Sustainability Office

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Tim Rinne

State Coordinator, Nebraskans for Peace

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Kim Criner Ritchie

Sustainability and Food Systems Analyst, Douglas County Kansas

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W. Cecil Stewart

Emeritus Dean and Emeritus Professor of Architecture, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Our Planning Committee

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