Impacts of a Digitally Driven Global Economy: Opportunities and Challenges for U.S. Agriculture

April 2nd and April 5th, 2021 
10:00 am to 1:30 pm EST

Monitoring and commerce-driving technologies in supply chains, agricultural production, and international markets are radically changing the agricultural and food marketplace. These technologies challenge the global competitiveness of the United States and other large countries. With thoughtful consideration of ramifications on market prices and related policy, information, and standards, this conference focuses on the social and policy implications of digitalization technologies such as blockchain in the agricultural and food sectors and discusses their impact on e-commerce, food, and agriculture.

This year’s Council on Food, Agricultural, and Resource Economics (C-FARE) Brandt Forum brings together scholars and business leaders to discuss the disruptions of digitalization. Because of the pandemic, the event Impacts of a digitally-driven global economy: opportunities and challenges for U.S. agriculture” will be a two-day virtual event, April 2nd, and April 5th, 10 am to 1:30 pm EST.

Day One Agenda (April 2nd)

Friday, April 2nd, 10:10 am – 11:00 am EST 

Thomas Reardon, Professor at Michigan State University

The Rapid Diffusion of E-Commerce and E-Procurement in Developing Regions: Patterns and Determinants

11:05 am – 11:55 am EST 

Wendy Earon, IBM Global Industry CTO / Retail, Travel & Transportation, CPG

AI & Emerging Technology Use Cases in Agriculture

12:00 pm – 12:50 pm EST 

Kellee James, CEO & Founder of Mercaris

Venture Capital, Entrepreneurship and Agriculture

Day Two Agenda (April 5th)

Monday, April 5th, 10:10 am – 11:00 am EST 

Jason Henderson, Director of Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service/Senior Associate Dean of Purdue College of Agriculture

Agriculture in a Digital World

11:05 am – 11:55 am 

Dr. Darin Detwiler, Associate Teaching Professor of Food Regulatory 

The Future of Food at the Intersection of Corporate Social Responsibility, Technology, and Consumer Awareness

12:00 pm – 12:50 pm

Ron Hicks, CEO & Founder of HerdX

Reconnecting with Food


To register for the forum, please click on the box above. This will take you to the event website, which will ask for your email and name. This event is free to all who register to increase accessibility. 

This free forum is made possible with the support of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’sEconomic Research Service, and the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

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