The challenges of providing food and fuel to a surging world population were the focus of an Oct. 16-18 conference in Lincoln.
The Heartland Transatlantic Conference on Food and Fuels was sponsored by Nebraska Secretary of State John Gale, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and the Nebraska Department of Agriculture.
Diplomatic officials from Austria, France, Canada, Germany, the Czech Republic, the Slovak Republic and Estonia joined Nebraska representatives at the conference.
The conference focused on the vital role Nebraska agribusiness and research plays in meeting the global demands for food and fuel.
“The conference was a wonderful opportunity for diplomatic officials to visit our state, network with key Nebraska representatives and hear about the exciting developments in the state,” Gale said.
Ronnie Green, IANR vice chancellor, noted Nebraska’s key role in meeting global food demands.
“Nebraska is truly at the epicenter of innovating food production to meet the challenges of doubling the quantity of safe and high quality food for an anticipated global population of over 9 billion people by 2050,” Green said. “To be successful, this production must occur while sustaining our natural resource base as well as growing alternative energy sources.”
Gale hosted the conference in his role as Nebraska’s chief protocol officer for international relations.
Pictured at an Oct. 16 reception are (from left) Emmanuel Dupouy of France's consulate general in Chicago; Thomas Schnoell, consul general of Austria in Chicago; Secretary Gale; and Mark F. Schlenker, honorary consul of Germany and France.
Ronnie Green, vice chancellor of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, was the keynote speaker at the conference. Green (left) is shown with Secretary Gale.
Michael Flaherty (left) of Canada's consulate general in Minneapolis visits with Gov. Dave Heineman, who spoke at an Oct. 17 luncheon.
Chris Calkins was one of numerous University of Nebraska-Lincoln faculty members who spoke at the conference. Calkins (left) is shown with Secretary Gale.