Media Advisory: 2024 CFAES Farm Bill Summit set for Feb. 23

Farm field in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Curious about the impact of the Farm Bill on the food and agricultural industry? Media are invited to the free 2024 Farm Bill Summit on Friday afternoon, Feb. 23, at The Ohio State University Fawcett Center, 2400 Olentangy River Road.

Hosted by Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, (CFAES), the summit will feature CFAES and industry experts who will unravel the complexities of the legislation and how the bill shapes the future of farming and related industries. The program will be held from 1-3 p.m., with a networking reception immediately following from 3-5 p.m.

The summit is an opportunity to engage in meaningful discussions, gain insights into the Farm Bill’s implications, and connect with individuals in the agricultural community.

Featured speakers will include:

  • Anne Knapke, deputy chief of staff in the Office of the Secretary for the U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Mary Kay Thatcher, senior manager of federal government and industry relations at Syngenta and former director of public policy at the American Farm Bureau Federation
  • Joe Shultz, executive director of The Platform for Agriculture and Climate Transformation
  • Sara Wyant, founder and president of Agri-Pulse Communications
  • Amy Ando, professor and chair, CFAES Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics
  • Margaret Jodlowski, assistant professor, CFAES Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics
  • David Marrison, interim director of the CFAES Farm Financial Management and Policy Institute

Among the sessions are 1) a policy context discussion with insights from CFAES’ Amy Ando and Margaret Jodlowski; 2) a panel discussion moderated by Anne Knapke and featuring Mary Kay Thatcher, Joe Shultz, and Sara Wyant offering diverse perspectives on the Farm Bill; and 3) practical insights into applying the Farm Bill by David Marrison.

Seats are limited and a parking pass is also necessary. If you plan to attend or would like additional information, please contact Sherrie Whaley, media relations coordinator, at 614-582-6111 or

Special thanks to Nationwide Insurance and the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation for their support of this special event.

CFAES News Team
For more information, contact: 

Sherrie R. Whaley