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College of Agricultural & Life Sciences

Physical Address:
E. J. Iddings Agricultural Science Laboratory, Room 52
606 S Rayburn St

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2331
Moscow, ID 83844-2331

Phone: 208-885-6681

Fax: 208-885-6654

Email: ag@uidaho.edu

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The CALS Speaker Series aims to bring in distinguished guest speakers to provide our community with insightful perspectives on a variety of topics. All presentations are free and open to the public.

2019 CALS Speaker Series

Tom Tomich

Global Food Security and Sustainability: Food system disruptors and opportunities

Friday, Oct. 4
5:30-6:30 p.m.

Bruce M. Pitman Center, Vandal Ballroom

Free and open to the public

The global food system is poised for rapid change driven by potential disruptors. A systems view can identify opportunities for food and agriculture in the next food system, which is already emerging.

Professor Tomich is founding director of the Agricultural Sustainability Institute and inaugural holder of the WK Kellogg Endowed Chair in Sustainable Food Systems at the University of California, Davis, where he teaches in the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems program. He also directs the UC statewide Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (UC SAREP). His research spans agriculture and farming systems, economic development, food policy and natural resource management.

Professor Tomich is founding director of the Agricultural Sustainability Institute and inaugural holder of the WK Kellogg Endowed Chair in Sustainable Food Systems at the University of California, Davis, where he teaches in the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems program.
Professor Tom Tomich, University of California, Davis

Professor Tomich is founding director of the Agricultural Sustainability Institute and inaugural holder of the WK Kellogg Endowed Chair in Sustainable Food Systems at the University of California, Davis, where he teaches in the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems program. He also directs the UC statewide Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (UC SAREP). His research spans agriculture and farming systems, economic development, food policy and natural resource management.

Tom has worked in a dozen countries in Asia, Africa and the Americas, including significant periods in Egypt, Indonesia, Kenya and, since 2007, back in his home state of California. He worked for the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) from 1994-2006, where he was principal economist and global coordinator of the ASB Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins, an award-winning CGIAR program. Before that, he spent 10 years as a policy advisor and institute associate with the Harvard Institute for International Development and also served as a lecturer in economics and in public policy at Harvard University.

Tom serves on a number of committees and boards, including the editorial boards of the Annual Review of Environment and Resources (ARER) and the International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability (IJAS). He has served as ARER co-editor since January 2015. He served as a member of the Independent Science and Partnership Council of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) from 2014-2018. 

Tom was raised on a small family farm growing nearly 100 different varieties of tree fruit in the Sacramento Valley. He received his bachelors in economics from UC Davis in 1979 and his doctorate in agricultural and food system economics from Stanford in 1984. 

Educating Different Kinds of Minds

CALS Speaker Series: Temple Grandin

Food Evolution — Keynote

CALS Speaker Series: Alison Van Eenennaam

Food Evolution — Q&A session

CALS Speaker Series: Alison Van Eenennaam and Shelley McGuire

Innovations for 21st Century Food Systems

CALS Speaker Series: Sonny Ramaswamy

What’s For Dinner? A Guide to Understanding GMOs

CALS Speaker Series: Cara Santa Maria

Elevating the Discussion of Genetically Engineered Crops

CALS Speaker Series: Fred Gould

Past speakers

  • Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum
    Topic: Out of Many, One: A Defining Moment for American Immigration
  • Temple Grandin, professor of animal science at Colorado State University and autism spokesperson
    Topic: Educating Different Kinds of Minds
  • Cliff Ohmart, retired senior scientist with SureHarvest
  • Alison Van Eenennaam, USDA NRSP-8 Cattle Genome Coordinator
    Shelley McGuire, director, Margaret Ritchie School of Family and Consumer Sciences
    Topic: Food Evolution
  • Randy Olson, a scientist-turned-filmmaker
    Topic: ABT Framework: The Communications Tool Science Has Been Needing
  • Cathy Kling, Charles F. Curtis Distinguished Professor of economics at Iowa State University
    Topic: Improving Water Quality: Are Economics and the Environment Always at Odds?
  • Sonny Ramaswamy, director, National Institute of Food and Agriculture
    Topic: Innovations for 21st Century Food Systems
  • Cara L. Santa Maria, M.S., science communicator and journalist
    Fred Gould, Distinguished University Professor, North Carolina State University
    Topic: What’s for Dinner? A Guide to Understanding GMOs

Contact

College of Agricultural & Life Sciences

Physical Address:
E. J. Iddings Agricultural Science Laboratory, Room 52
606 S Rayburn St

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2331
Moscow, ID 83844-2331

Phone: 208-885-6681

Fax: 208-885-6654

Email: ag@uidaho.edu

Location