Welcome to our 2012 Winter Forum – We welcome all the participants to our 2012 Winter Forum. We will benefit from all the wisdom that each participant has to share. Below we have presented a working agenda; we will provide updates as various discussion leaders and facilitators are confirmed, but please know the knowledge that each person brings will contribute to where we are able to go together

Directional Notes – Please note Washington DC is divided into four quadrants. Our meetings and events are all in the Northwest (NW) quadrant. So when hailing a cab to the hotel, be sure to ask for New Hampshire Ave NW, and when going to the Forum, ask to go to the First Congregational United Church of Christ 945 G Street NW Washington, DC 20001


CONFERENCE HOTEL - For those who booked hotel reservations through Rural Coalition, we are staying at the Carlyle Suites Hotel, 1731 New Hampshire Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20009 (202) 234-3200

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28th, 2012 – Building Community

DAY 1 – WINTER FORUM – at the First Congregational United Church of Christ 945 G Street NW Washington, DC 20001 (Community Room, Second Floor)

8:45 AM – Registration (with coffee and light refreshments)

9:00 AM - Welcome and Introductions – Georgia Good, Vice-Chair Person Rural Coalition/Coalición Rural and Rudy Arredondo, President, National Latino Farmers and Ranchers Trade Association.

9:15 AM – Plenary Session - Starting with You – Reflections on Health, Nutrition and Community Wellness - Our panel will lead us in a participatory reflection on how we can work from the inside up to build wellness for ourselves, our families, our communities and our society

10:45 AM – Break and Networking

11:00 AM – Roundtable Session - From the Ground Up – Exploring the Community in Community - Roundtable Discussions to Share Experiences and Challenges on Community Gardens, and Building and Sustaining Food Systems, Green Jobs, Communities and Resources from the Ground Up - Participants will share their wealth of experience in building gardens, communities and societies, and each small group will report to the full group on the many local experiences.

12:00 PM – Sharing the Message - Brief Intro to Rural Radio– Bryn Byrd, RC

12:10 PM – Introducing our Afternoon Panels and Panelists

12:15 PM - Lunch and Lunch Table discussions with the Wednesday Panelists

1:15 PM – Plenary Session - Roundtable on the Next Generation in Food and Agriculture – Our Next Generation Leaders will Share their Perspectives on the Critical Issues, the Future they Envision and the Progress They Have Made to Arrive There

2:30 PM – Break and Networking

2:45 PM – Plenary Session 3 - Roundtable Discussion on Migration and Labor – We will explore the critical issues of labor in agriculture and the food chain in the context of migration and immigration, while looking ahead to the coming national debates on these critical issues. The panel will include Leaders from Farmworker, Business, Women, Food Chain and other organizations whose views are critical to the discussion.

4:30 PM – Plenary Session 4 - Update and Discussion on the Claims Settlement Processes – The Pigford II and Keepseagle Cases have Closed, and the Hispanic and Women Farmers and Ranchers Claims Process has just opened. Here we will discuss the challenges and struggles related to achieving equal justice.

5:15 PM – Summary of the day, Plans for Tomorrow and Adjourn


DAY 2 – WINTER FORUM – at the First Congregational United Church of Christ 945 G Street NW Washington, DC 20001 (Community Room, Second Floor)

9:00 AM – Welcome and Introductions, Review of the Previous Day, (Mention this on Final Agenda- membership day)

9:15 AM – Plenary Session - Protecting Our Land, and Building Our Farms, Cooperatives and Communities – On this panel we will consider issues including cooperative and community development, access to land and credit and the management of the risks faced by farmers and communities.

10:45 AM – Break

11:00 AM - Policy Roundtable - Strategic Alignment: The Farm Bill and the Food System –– Leaders from Organizations Working on the 2012 Farm Bill and Related Policy Issues Will Share their Perspective and Thoughts on Where We Are and Where We Go From Here

12:15 PM - Lunch - Welcoming New Allies and Old Friends and Putting the Pieces Together

1:00 PM – Plenary Session – Natural Resources, Disasters and Risk Management, and Health - On this panel, we will examine how we protect our resource base including land and water, and how we promote the health of our land, our agriculture and our communities.

2:30 PM - Break

2:45 PM - Plenary Session - Partnerships with USDA – The focus for this final panel is partnerships – how can we work together to better define and advance the goals we share.

3:45 PM – The Year Ahead - Unfinished Business and Critical Next Steps

4:15 PM – Summary of the Forum

4:30 PM – Adjourn for our Networking dinner

Ballroom Reception, Dinner, Program and Live Music with Trio Caliente
529 14th Street NW, Washington, DC.


National Latino Farmers and Ranchers Trade Association
National Hmong Farmers, Inc.
Rural Advancement Fund
North Carolina Association of Black Lawyers Land Loss Prevention Project
Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund
Mississippi Association of Cooperatives
Oklahoma Black Historical Research Project
Operation Spring Plant
World Farmers
Farmworker Association of Florida
Rural Development Leadership Network
Community Food and Justice Coalition
National Crop Insurance Services
USDA Natural Resources and Conservation Service
USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture
USDA Risk Management Agency
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

With Special Thanks to USDA Rural Development
First Congregational United Church of Christ
Luther Place Memorial Church