On May 28, a compelling group of citizen, government, farmer, environmentalist, and business leaders will convene in Toledo, Ohio to discuss how the 2014 Toledo water crisis changed the conversation about water and food. 

Gail Hogan, a retired Emmy award winning broadcast journalist, who has worked in TV and radio for over 30 years, will moderate two panels on balancing food production and clean water. Her full biography, along with a complete list of the panelists and their backgrounds, is available on the Food Dialogues: Toledo event page here.  

The first group of panelists, holding a discussion entitled “Lessons Learned from Toledo Water Crisis,” will share their reaction to, and lessons learned from, 500,000 Toledo residents losing their water supply on August 2, 2014. These panelists, who represent the farm and environmental communities, city government and local business interests, will talk about how they’re now thinking differently about agriculture and the environment. Read their biographies in the “panel 1” section here.  

The second panel, “Balancing the Food and Water Equation,” features innovative thinkers from agriculture, conservation and the scientific community. This group will talk about the need to manage both water and food to meet society’s needs. View their biographies in the “panel 2” section here

Do you have a question for either panel? Submit it on the “Question for the Panel” page.

To register for this event, either to attend in person or to watch the live stream, visit the registration page. Find out more about Food Dialogues: Toledo in this blog post and on the event page.

Sponsored by USFRA, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, Ohio Corn Marketing Program, Ohio Small Grains Marketing Program, and Ohio Soybean Council, the event will take place on Thursday, May 28 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET.

The Food Dialogues signature events are designed to bring together farmers, ranchers, industry experts, scientists, media and consumers for dynamic panel discussions on some of today’s most pressing topics related to food and food production. Since its launch in 2011, the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance has hosted 26 panels across the country.