Agenda

Wednesday, October 17, 2012
11:00am
On Site Late Registration Opens
1:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Welcome – Opening Remarks
Mr. Orlando Gil, President, TCTS Global, LLC
Dr. Edward W. Romero, Founder and Manager, AgForLife, LLC
1:30 pm to 2:10 pm
Can Latinos provide a “Talent Safety Net” for the future of the USDA and the Future of Agriculture in America?
Mr. Edward Avalos, Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs, United States Department of Agriculture
2:10 pm to 3:00 pm
Review of the 2010 Census Data as it Relates to Economic Impact of Latino Leadership in Agriculture
Dr. Cruz Torres, Professor Emeritus, Texas A&M University
3:00 pm to 3:20 pm
BREAK – Refreshments
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3:20 pm to 4:10 pm
The Changes and Perceptions in Agriculture: Changing company culture, issues, challenges, and success
Dr. Howard Hill, DVM, Senior Veterinarian, Iowa Select Farms
4:10 pm to 5:30 pm
2012 Farm Bill Panel
The Significance of the 2012 Farm Bill in Increasing the Number of Young Hispanic Leaders into Agriculture
Moderator: Ms. Lorette Picciano, Executive Director, Rural Coalition
Mr. Rudy Arredondo, President/CEO/Founder, National Latino Farmers and Ranchers Association
Mr. Juan M. Garcia, Administrator, Farm Service Agency, USDA
Mr. Bob Ehart, ‎Public Policy Director, National Association of State Department of Agriculture
6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Program and Social Included

Evening Social: 150-Year USDA Celebration Reception
Confirmed VIP Guests:
Mr. “Kika” De La Garza, Former U.S. Congressman
Mr. Edward Avalos, Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs, USDA
Mr. Juan M. Garcia, Administrator, Farm Service Agency, USDA
Ms. Carolyn Parker, Director, Office of Advocacy and Outreach, USDA
Mr. Salvador Salinas, Texas State Conservationist, Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA
Councilman Rey Saldaña, City Council District 4, City of San Antonio
Evening Master of Ceremonies
Ms. Nancy O’Mallon, President and CEO, About Harvest, LLC
Hor’s d’oeuvres & Poolside Networking
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Thursday, October 18, 2012
7:30 am to 8:30 am
Complimentary American Hot Breakfast for Hotel Guests
8:30 am to 8:45 am
Opening Comments
8:45 am to 10:00 am
Professional Panel
Best Practices for Talent Recruitment and Retention in Government, Industry, and Education.
Moderator: Mr. Orlando Gil, President, TCTS Global, LLC
Dr. Craig Wilson, Director, USDA/HSINP Future Scientists Program (Government)
Mr. Randy Breitling, Vice President, Human Resources, Capital Farm Credit (Industry)
Dr. Paul Gutierrez, Cooperative Extension Service Specialist, New Mexico State University (Education)
Ms. Carolyn Parker, Director, Office of Advocacy and Outreach, USDA (Government)
10:00 am to 10:20 am
BREAK – Refreshments
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10:20 am to 11:10 am
Proven Methods of Recruiting Hispanic Students into Agriculture
Dr. Lyda Garcia, Department of Animal and Food Sciences, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Texas Tech University
11:10 am to 12:00 noon
The Critical Role of Advising in Building an Educational Pipeline and Supporting the “Talent Safety Net”
Ms. Shannon Archibeque-Engle, College of Agricultural Sciences, Colorado State University
12:00 noon to 1:30 pm
LUNCH
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1:30 pm to 2:10 pm
This is Agriculture: Changing Perspectives
Dr. Edward W. Romero, Founder and Manager, AgForLife, LLC
2:10 pm to 3:00 pm
Strategies in Promoting Ag Literacy to Impact the Talent Pipeline of the Future
Dr. Nancy Irlbeck, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, College of Agricultural Sciences, Colorado State University
3:00 pm to 3:20 pm
BREAK – Refreshments
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3:20 pm to 4:10 pm
Utilizing Safe Social Network Services to Recruit and Retain Latino Students in the Agricultural Sciences
Mr. Aurelio Curbelo, Agriculture & Life Sciences, Iowa State University
Dr. Aury Curbelo Ruiz, College of Business Administration, University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez
4:10 pm to 5:00 pm
Diversity of Career Opportunities for Latinos/Hispanics in Higher Education
Dr. Maria Gutierrez, Research Scientist, Institute of Renewable Natural Resources
5:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Leaving a Legacy…“Planting a Tree for Future Generations”
On the grounds of the El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Boat Tour of the Riverwalk

Enroute to Casa Rio
Networking Social with Appetizers
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Friday, October 19, 2012
7:30 am to 8:00 am
Complimentary American Hot Breakfast for Hotel Guests
8:10 am to 8:30 am
Opening Comments
8:30 am to 9:20 am
Branding Careers in Agriculture for Future Generations: Changing perceptions of Agriculture
Mr. Brad VanAuken, President and Founder, BrandForward, Inc.
9:20 am to 9:45 am
BREAK – Refreshments
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9:45 am to 11:15 am
Student Panel
What Will it Take to Recruit Me? Hispanic Students Sharing their Perspective
Moderator: Dr. Edward W. Romero, Founder and Manager, AgForLife, LLC
Mr. Andre Gordillo, Agricultural and Food Business Management, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
Ms. Maria ‘Masi’ Mejia, Environmental Conservation of Natural Resources, Texas Tech University
Mr. Emmanuel Caldera, Ruminant Nutrition, Colorado State University
Ms. Daisy Garcia, Agriculture Major, Palo Alto Community College
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11:15 am to 12:00 noon
Wrap Up, Evaluation, and Closing Comments