Farm Bill, food security highlight discussions at Public Health Symposium April 4

A Public Health Symposium on “Food Systems” will include two keynote speakers and experts from an array of food security and safety organizations from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. April 4 at the Hilton Fort Collins.

The symposium is free of charge but registration is required. Visit the event website at for more details.

The symposium, sponsored by Colorado State University’s Master of Public Health program through the Colorado School of Public Health, will include poster sessions and two panels on the 2012 Farm Bill and current issues in food safety.

The Farm Bill keynote speaker is Jill Krueger, senior attorney with the National Coordinating Center and Northern Region of the Public Health Law Network. Krueger will open the symposium with a keynote talk from 9-9:50 a.m., followed by a panel discussion on the 2012 Farm Bill, food assistance, and food security and production. Wendy Peters-Moschetti of WPM Consulting will moderate the Farm Bill panel.

In addition to Krueger, the panel will include Colorado State professor Dawn Thilmany from the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Ruth Stemler from Share Our Strength.

Elaine Scallan, assistant professor of epidemiology at the Colorado School of Public Health, will open afternoon sessions with a keynote talk from 1:30-2:20 p.m. Following the talk, Scallan, whose expertise is foodborne disease, will join Colorado State professors Larry Goodridge, Department of Animal Sciences; Marisa Bunning, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition; and CDPH representative Alicia Cronquist for a panel discussion on food safety. CSU clinical sciences Professor Paul Morley is moderator.

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