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Glickman to Deliver Keynote at SWCS Conference

Former Ag Secretary Dan Glickman will deliver the keynote address at the SWCS International Annual Conference on July 18, 2011, in Washington, DC. Lecture topic: Food Security, Ecosystem Services, and Agricultural Policy: Farming for the Future.

Ankeny, IA, May 06, 2011 --( The Soil and Water Conservation Society is proud to announce that former Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman will be delivering the Pritchard Lecture (keynote address) at the 66th SWCS International Annual Conference. The address will be during the conference's opening session on Monday, July 18, 2011, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC.

The theme of the meeting is, “Conservation Science and Policy: Global Perspectives and Applications.” The focus for this year’s meeting is exploring ways to improve the linkages among conservation science, policy, and application at local, national, and international scales. Secretary Glickman will share his thoughts and personal experiences on the long-term implications of food and agricultural policy on conservation in the United States and around the world. The title of the lecture is “Food Security, Ecosystem Services, and Agricultural Policy: Farming for the Future.”

Dan Glickman is currently Director of Congressional Programs at the Aspen Institute. He is co-chair of AGree, a multi-Foundation effort to look at the long term prospects for food and agricultural issues. He is a Senior Fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, DC, and is also currently serving as the co-chair of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs' global agricultural development initiative.

“Society members work to address the challenges of maintaining ecosystem services that allow us to feed the world and at the same time have enough clean water, fuel, shelter, and cultural integrity to create strong and healthy communities,” said Rebecca Power, SWCS Annual Conference Program Committee Chair. “We need strong science and strong policy support if we are to meet these challenges effectively and we look forward to hearing Secretary Glickman’s perspectives on these issues.”

The keynote “H. Wayne Pritchard Lecture” was established in the early 1980s in honor of a prominent conservationist who served as the Society’s executive director for nearly three decades. It is intended to (a) provide a message of substance on current conservation and environmental management issues to members and friends of the Society and (b) motivate these individuals to work more effectively and efficiently with the nation’s farmers, ranchers, and other clients on behalf of land and water conservation objectives. Recent Pritchard Lecturers have included current Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Colorado State Supreme Court Justice Gregory J. Hobbs, and Chief Scientist for The Nature Conservancy Peter Kareiva.

In attendance at the conference will be more than 700 conservationists from across the nation and around the world, including scientists working in universities and federal agencies, local soil and water managers, policy professionals from both the public and private sector, and nonprofit organizations.

More information about the mission and activities of the Soil and Water Conservation Society and the 2011 Annual Conference is online at: and


Dan Glickman served as the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture from March 1995 until January 2001. Under his leadership, the Department administered farm and conservation programs; modernized food safety regulations; forged international trade agreements to expand U.S. markets; and improved its commitment to fairness and equality in civil rights. He was a member of Congress from Kansas from 1977-1995. During that time, he served as a member of the House Agriculture Committee.

66th SWCS Annual Conference
Washington, DC | July 17-20, 2011 |
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