Plenary Speakers

Nicole CivitaNicole Civita
Visiting Assistant Professor of Law
University of Arkansas

Nicole Civita teaches in the LL.M. Program in Agricultural and Food Law, where she offers courses on food justice and urban agriculture law and policy. Professor Civita also directs the Food Recovery Project, a special initiative of the LL.M. program that aims to raise awareness of two fundamentally irreconcilable problems: the overwhelming waste of food and the persistent existence of hunger in America. She is the author of Food Recovery: a Legal Guide, designed to educate food sector businesses, non-profit feeding organizations, and their attorneys about the protections afforded to food donors and nonprofit recipients.

Professor Civita's scholarship focuses on alternative, sustainable, and place-based agri-food systems and social justice. Her latest article, Agrarians Feeding Communities: Reconnecting Federal Farm Policy and Nutrition Assistance For a More Just Agri-Food System, is forthcoming in Northwestern Interdisciplinary Law Review (Spring 2014).

Professor Civita obtained her J.D., magna cum laude, from the Georgetown University Law Center. She also holds an A.B. in American Studies and Creative Writing from Columbia University. After law school, Professor Civita was an Associate at Hogan Lovells US LLP in New York and Los Angeles.

Wednesday, October 8 - Film Viewing & Discussion A Place at the Table - 7:00-10:00 PM
Thursday, October 9 - Concurrent Breakout Session I, Track 1 - 10:15-11:10
Thursday, October 9 - Lunchtime Plenary - 12:15-1:30
Food Justice
Food Justice, as both a broadly defined concept and an evolving movement, is concerned with promoting responsible production of and ensuring equal access to healthy, affordable, and culturally appropriate food for all people, present and future. Practically speaking, we all interact with the food justice movement, whether deliberately or unwittingly, several times a day when we make choices about what we buy, grow, and eat. Despite the use of the word “justice,” activists and academics concerned with food justice often fail to consider how the law shapes individual and community ability to make meaningful choices about food. In this talk, Professor Civita will (1) survey the scope of food justice, (2) explore the personal, market-driven, and legal dimensions of food choice, and (3) identify specific areas where advocates for a more equitable food system can productively engage with the law and press for reform.


Michael HansenMichael K. Hansen, PhD.
Senior Staff Scientist
Consumers Union

Michael K. Hansen Ph.D., is a Senior Staff Scientist with Consumers Union, publisher of Consumer Reports. He currently works primarily on food safety issues. He has been largely responsible for developing CU positions on safety, testing and labeling of genetically engineered food and "mad cow" disease.

Dr. Hansen has testified at hearings in Washington, D.C., many states, and Canada, and has prepared comments on many proposed U.S. governmental rules and regulations on food safety issues. Dr. Hansen served on the USDA Advisory Committee on Agricultural Biotechnology from1998-2002, and on the California Department of Food and Agriculture Food Biotechnology Advisory Committee, from 2001-2002.

Dr. Hansen authored the Consumers Union book Pest Control for House and Garden, published in 1992, and co-authored Pest Management at the Crossroads, a 1996 policy study on integrated pest management. He has also written reports on alternatives to agricultural pesticides in developing countries, and the pesticide and agriculture policies of the World Bank and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.

Dr. Hansen received his undergraduate degree with Highest Distinction from Northwestern University and his doctorate in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Michigan. He did post-graduate study at the University of Kentucky on the impacts of biotechnology on agricultural research. He conducted field research on pest management in Mexico and is fluent in Spanish.

Friday, October 10 - Plenary - 9:00am
Food Integrity: A Consumer Perspective
In this talk, I'll first discuss what food integrity is not by focusing on the present industrialized food system model. I'll talk about how concentration in the agricultural input industries and intellectual property issues have affected both plant and animal agricultural systems. In plant agricultural, this has lead to a concentration on monocultures of GE (genetically engineered) crops, which have lead to a large increase in herbicide use and an epidemic of glyphosate-tolerant weeds. In animal agriculture, this has lead to larger and larger CAFOs (confined animal feeding operations), which has resulted in a range of environmental and human health impacts. I then will talk about a consumer response to the industrialized food system: more focus on local, ecologically rational, sustainable systems and the growing importance of various eco-labels on foods.

Friday, October 10 - Concurrent Breakout Session IV, Track 2 - 10:15-11:10 a.m.
Reasons for Labeling Genetically Engineered Foods
In this session, I will discuss the movement for labeling of GE foods--and the legal and scientific reasons for labeling of GE foods


Michael JacobsonMichael Jacobson, PhD.
Executive Director
Center for Science in the Public Interest

Michael F. Jacobson, Ph.D., is co-founder and executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), a nonprofit health advocacy organization supported largely by the 900,000 subscribers to its Nutrition Action Healthletter. CSPI is a key player in battles against obesity, cardiovascular disease, and other health problems, using education, legislation, litigation, and other tactics. Jacobson has written numerous books and reports, including Six Arguments for a Greener Diet, "Salt: the Forgotten Killer,"and "Liquid Candy: How Soft Drinks are Harming Americans' Health." He received the 2010 Hero Award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Foundation and the American Public Health Association's 2011 David P. Rall Award for Advocacy in Public Health. Jacobson is the creator of national Food Day, October 24.

Thursday, October 9 - Plenary - 9:00am (via videoconference)
Nutrition and the Politics of Food
What we eat has a huge impact on our health. Michael Jacobson will discuss some of the challenges to eating healthier diets and what we--both as individuals and as a society--could do to overcome them.


Nicholas NelsonNicholas Nelson
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Nick Nelson was appointed Director of the FAO Liaison Office for North America in November 2012. He has spoken at numerous events in the United States and Canada on FAO's work in fighting hunger, malnutrition and rural poverty.

He joined FAO in 1986 as Manager of the Credit Union; in 1997 he was promoted to Chief of the Meeting Programming and Documentation Service. From 2002 to 2011, he held the position of Director of Finance and Treasurer, where he introduced split assessments in US Dollars and Euro for Member Countries, removing the major cause of currency exchange risk faced by the Organization for decades. In this role, he also revamped FAO's investment portfolios and expanded reporting of unfunded staff-related liabilities, obtaining approval by Member Countries of additional assessments towards funding of after-service medical coverage. In 2011 he was appointed Assistant Director-General in charge of the Corporate Services, Human Resources and Finance Department. A national of the USA, Nick Nelson holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from John Cabot International College, Rome, and qualified as a Certified Public Accountant in the United States of America. Prior to joining FAO, he worked with an international accounting firm in Italy and the United States.

Friday, October 10 - Lunchtime Plenary - 12:15-1:30pm
Global Food Perspectives: From Production to Hunger and Waste
This presentation focuses on three key areas of FAO's work, highlighting some of the biggest challenges both consumers and the countries they live in must grapple with.

Food and agriculture in numbers: How will we feed ourselves? This is an overview on the future of food, highlighting key changes in population, production and climate, among others, that should inform economic and policy strategies in the decades to come.

Food waste and loss: A third of all food produced in the world is wasted or lost. Food waste and loss has tremendous economic and environmental impact. With hundreds of millions of people hungry or malnourished all over the world, consumers and the communities and cities they live in all have a role in reducing food waste.

Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2): From hunger and malnutrition to obesity, the world is facing pressing nutrition challenges. FAO and the World Health Organization (WHO) are hosting a high-level conference in November 2014 to help countries engage in a global conservation on the issue, treating nutrition not only as a challenge to families but to governments as well.


Audrey RoweAudrey Rowe
Administrator for the Food & Nutrition Service
US Dept. Agriculture
Washington, D.C.

Audrey Rowe is the Administrator for the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Washington, D.C. FNS provides children and needy families with better access to food and a more healthful diet through its 15 nutrition assistance programs and nutrition education efforts.

Rowe served as Deputy Administrator for Special Nutrition Programs at FNS, leading the effort to pass the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, the legislative centerpiece of First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! initiative to end childhood obesity in a generation.

Rowe has extensive experience working on issues related to FNS programs. Her leadership has included roles as Human Resources Administrator in New Haven, Connecticut, and Social Services Commissioner for the State of Connecticut and the District of Columbia. In addition, she served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the National Urban League.

In private industry, Audrey served as Senior Vice President and Managing Director for the Children and Family Services division for Affiliated Computer Service (ACS), formerly Lockheed Martin IMS. In this capacity, she spearheaded industry leadership in the realms of child support payment processing and enforcement and the electronic dissemination of public assistance benefits, including implementing Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) programs in over 20 states. Additionally, Audrey was appointed Senior Vice President for Public Affairs where she managed the corporation's government relations, philanthropy, and community relation programs.

Audrey is a graduate of Federal City College and was a fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government Institute of Politics at Harvard University.

Thursday, October 9 - Plenary - 3:00-3:55
Reaching Out to the States, An Overview of USDA Nutrition Programs

Thursday, October 9 - Plenary Panel Discussion - 4:00-5:00
Plenary Panel Discussion on School Nutrition Issues


Plenary Panel Speakers

Brook BrockmanBrook Brockman
Program & Promotions Coordinator
Wyoming Department of Agriculture

Brook Brockman is a Wyoming native employed as the Program and Promotions Coordinator for the Wyoming Department of Agriculture. She is a Certified K-8 teacher and assists the Department in promoting and educating the public about agriculture and related programs. She assists with the Farm to School program, serves on the Wyoming Farmers Marketing Association board, aids the Director with policy and is always looking for new opportunities to promote agriculture!

Thursday, October 9 - Plenary Panel Discussion - 4:00-5:00
Plenary Panel Discussion on School Nutrition Issues


Tamra JacksonTamra Jackson
Nutrition Programs Supervisor
Wyoming Department of Education

Tamra Jackson, USDA State Director of Child Nutrition, has a Masters Degree in Education. She has presented nutrition and motivational topics at National USDA Conferences and has trained internationally--teaching HIV education using eight different adult learning style in Malawi, Africa. http://edu.wyoming.gov/beyond-the-classroom/nutrition/school-lunch/

Thursday, October 9 - Plenary Panel Discussion - 4:00-5:00
Plenary Panel Discussion on School Nutrition Issues



Jeremy WestJeremy West
Nutrition Service Director
Weld County School District 6
Greeley, Colorado

Jeremy West is the Nutrition Service Director for Weld County School District 6 in Greeley, Colorado and the immediate past chairman of the Colorado Farm-To-School Taskforce. His district's innovative School Food Renaissance program combines farm fresh produce with meals prepared from scratch offered to the 20,000 students of D6. This program has significantly improved the nutritional quality of D6 menus and garnered national attention from the New York Times and ABC's Nightline. Jeremy continues to serve as a District Director Representative on the Taskforce and is the Vice President of the Colorado School Nutrition Association.

Thursday, October 9 - Plenary Panel Discussion - 4:00-5:00
Plenary Panel Discussion on School Nutrition Issues


Conference Speakers

Amy BakerAmy Baker
Assistant Professor
Division of Social Work
University of Wyoming

Amy Castro Baker, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at the University of Wyoming where she teaches research and social policy in the College of Health Sciences. She obtained her PhD from the City University of New York’s Graduate Center and her MSW from the University of Pennsylvania. In 2013 Dr. Baker was awarded the Nina Fortin Award for her research on women and risky lending markets in a large northeastern city. Prior to her PhD she founded the Parents as Leaders leadership development program in West Philadelphia and served as a social work research fellow for the Homeless Health Initiative at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Her work is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Embrey Family Foundation and the CUNY Research Fund. She is currently working on a study tracking the health and food security implications of mortgage foreclosure among single women.

Wednesday, October 8 - Film Discussant, A Place at the Table - 7:00-10:00


Stacey BakerStacey Menzel Baker
Professor of Marketing and Sustainable Business
University of Wyoming

Stacey Menzel Baker, Professor of Marketing and Sustainable Business at University of Wyoming, engages in research on attachment, vulnerability, and resilience in contexts such as disaster or disability. This work has informed and shaped public policies and business practices. She currently serves as associate editor for Journal of Public Policy & Marketing.

Friday, October 10 - Concurrent Breakout Session V, Track 2 - 11:15-12:10
Sustainable Food Distribution, Consumption & Dignity
This presentation discusses the nature of food distribution and consumption and how it relates to human dignity. Insights from ethnographic work with people with disabilities, disaster recovery in communities, and people participating in social service programs will be shared.


Nicole BallengerNicole Ballenger
Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics
University of Wyoming

Nicole Ballenger is a professor of agricultural economics at the University of Wyoming. She joined UW in 2004 as the head of the Agricultural Economics Department and then served as UW's Associate Provost from 2005 through 2013. Prior to joining UW she was a research economist and research administrator at the USDA's Economic Research Service. In 1990-91 she was senior economist for agriculture and trade at the President's Council of Economic Advisers. Her doctoral degree is from the University of California at Davis.

Thursday, October 9 - Concurrent Breakout Session III, Track 3 - 11:15-12:10
What's in the Farm Bill and Why Should We Care?
The presentation will provide an overview of the current U.S. Farm Bill, which was signed into law in early 2014 after two years of debate. The emphasis will be on the major farm and food assistance programs, why they provoke controversy, and how they may affect food markets, prices, and access. Implications for rural communities in the Rocky Mountain west, including program participation by rural households, will be discussed.


Samantha BrantSamantha L. Brant
Student Representative/Co-Founder, Cowboy Food for the Community
University of Wyoming

Samantha Brant is a University Honors student in her third year as an undergraduate at the University of Wyoming. Pursuing a degree in kinesiology, Samantha plans to continue her education to become a professional Physical Therapist. With a deep passion for psychology and nutrition, she is also working towards a minor in these categories. Samantha is currently serving as the Secretary of Cardinal Key National Honors Society and is an active member of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement at the University of Wyoming. In the Fall of 2013, Samantha, along with a small group of students apart of a "Community and Public Health" class, started a project with a goal of repurposing previously wasted food and redirecting it to local organizations who serve food to families in need within the Laramie community. She hopes this project, Cowboy Food For The Community, will enter its first year of active operation in 2014. Samantha has hopes this project will serve as an example of how universities can become community partners and work together to solve local issues.

Thursday, October 9 - Concurrent Breakout Session II, Track 1 - 11:15-12:10
Part II, Discussion of Local Applications, will focus on local waste and food insecurity,examples of food recovery programs and student engagement in the movement.


PC CallPatrick "PC" Call
Executive Director, Residence Life, Dining Services & Wyoming Union
University of Wyoming

PC Call has served in student housing and dining services at six different institutions including; his current role at the University of Wyoming as the Executive Director, Residence Life, Dining Services and the Wyoming Union; University of New Mexico; University of Arizona; University of North Carolina- Charlotte; Oklahoma State University and University of Southern Illinois- Carbondale. PC has spoken on the regional, national and international level on a variety of student affairs topics. He is an avid sports fan and coached a variety of youth sports including baseball, basketball, football, soccer and track & field.

Thursday, October 9 - Concurrent Breakout Session II, Track 1 - 11:15-12:10
Part II, Discussion of Local Applications, will focus on local waste and food insecurity,examples of food recovery programs and student engagement in the movement.


Cole EhmkeCole Ehmke
Extension Specialist
University of Wyoming Extension

Cole Ehmke is an Extension Specialist with University of Wyoming Extension and is based in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics. His work covers agricultural entrepreneurship as well as personal financial resource management topics. Recent projects have included creating a manual for managers of CSAs (community supported agriculture ventures), planning the annual Consumer Issues Conference, supporting local foods projects to promote the production and consumption of foods with a local identity, coordinating the Annie's Project management training classes for women in agriculture (a six session class that provides information on the five sources of risk: production, marketing, legal, human and financial), and helping business managers transition the management and ownership of farms and ranches to the next generation. Other projects include editing a new newsletter for Wyoming citizens called Health and Wealth, publishing an 11-bulletin series of estate planning publications, and helping educators teach personal finance in the classroom. Cole was a Fulbright Scholar to the University of Sydney, Australia, where he received his MS degree, and he received his BA from Bethany College. Prior to joining the University of Wyoming he was at Purdue University.

Friday, October 10 - Concurrent Breakout Session IV, Track 3 - 10:15-11:10
Food Labeling and Certifications
Food labels educate consumers about the origins of their food, the practices used to produce it, or its nutritional content. But the volume and variety of claims and certifications noted on food products can be bewildering. This session reviews food labels often seen in stores with an aim to demystify the options.


Mary HarrisMary Harris
Professor, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition
Director, Dietetics Program
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Colorado State University

Dr. Mary Harris is a Professor in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition and the Director of the Dietetic Program in the department. She is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Director of the Dietetics Program at Colorado State University with a long standing interest in nutrition in aging. She has a BS in Nutrition from Michigan State University, a MS in Nutrition from Framingham State University, a PhD in Biological Sciences from University of Rhode Island and a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the department of Ophthalmology at Tufts University Medical Center. Dr. Harris was a nutrition consultant in long term care for 6 years before coming to CSU and has worked with patients with chronic kidney failure and diabetes (mostly older individuals) for many years. Her research interests span the life-course from prenatal nutrition to the prevention and management of age related disorders with particular emphasis on health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil). She teaches lifecycle nutrition with an emphasizing upon women's nutrition issues throughout the life course. She is a frequent speaker and author of numerous journal articles in the area of omega-3 fatty acids.

Thursday, October 9 - Concurrent Breakout Session III, Track 1 - 1:35-2:30
Eating Well Over 60 - Smart Choices for Healthy Aging
Good nutrition is essential to healthy aging. This session will focus on meeting changing physiological needs, making smart food choices, shopping for them on a fixed income and tips for finding local food values.


Celeste HavenerCeleste Havener
High Horse Farm
Laramie, Wyoming

Celeste Havener has both a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Soil Science from the University of Wyoming. She has lived and gardened in Centennial Valley for almost 40 years, learning how to adapt to a challenging climate. She is passionate about local food and food security and has presented numerous season extension workshops around Wyoming. For fifteen years Celeste has been involved with Farmers Marketeering; selling Bison in Colorado then starting markets in Laramie. She and her husband, Gary, own High Horse Farm which sells salad greens and edible flowers to the Big Hollow Food Coop and at Laramie Local Community Market.

Friday, October 10 - Concurrent Breakout Session V, 11:15-12:10
Panel Discussion on Local Food Production: Challenges and Opportunities
Local food systems can be used to connect economic development, public health, environmental stewardship, and civic health. And public interest in local food is at an all-time high. So local food development is at the forefront of community development. Yet local food producers often have difficulty building successful enterprises and working with the public. This panel will discuss the challenges and opportunities of producing and marketing local food.


Nancy KellerNancy Keller
Iowa State University Dining

Nancy Keller, was born in Ottawa, Canada and raised in Northern California. She graduated from Santa Clara University in 1981 with a BS in Psychology. While at Santa Clara University, she worked her way through the "food service ranks" with Saga Corporation. She then pursued a career in Dining Services with several colleges and universities across the western United States. In 1995-2003 she was the food service director of Cal Poly Pomona for the Cal Poly Pomona Foundation, Inc., where she led her team to winning one state, one regional and six national awards. Nancy oversaw $9 million in sales and partnered an emergency preparedness program with housing and campus police as well as an etiquette program with the Career Center. She was a District Manager for ARAMARK in the Pacific Region and oversaw $13 million in sales in Alaska, Idaho, Wyoming, Oregon and California with a 100% retention record and opened two new accounts and expanded the services of many others.

Nancy most recently was a Business Consultant, where she uses her 30 years of operations knowledge and experience to bring to her clients change with buy in and financial results. Whether she is training staff in Customer Service or Building your Master Plan she is a great partner and result oriented leader. She now is happily living her dream of directing the team at Iowa State University.

Thursday, October 9 - Concurrent Breakout Session I, Track 1 - 10:15-11:10
Part I, Background and Model Projects, will focus on information about the legal and ethical basis for food recovery programs including prepared foods. It will also include descriptions of existing programs in Colorado and Iowa that have worked well, the need they are responding to, objectives, logistics, risks, how those risks have been addressed, costs, and the impact they have had for clients, community and where relevant you institutions/organizations.


Emily MaddenEmily Madden
Executive Director
Laramie Soup Kitchen

Emily Madden is the Executive Director of the Laramie Soup Kitchen. Emily is a 2006 graduate of SUNY Albany with a degree in English and History and moved to Laramie from Upstate New York in the summer of 2007 to pursue a master's degree in American Studies. She was hired on at the Laramie Soup Kitchen in November 2010 as the Kitchen Administrator, with the primary focus on preparing and serving meals to soup kitchen clients. In 2012 the Laramie Soup Kitchen board of directors created the Executive Director position and Emily has been serving in that role since then.

Thursday, October 9 - Concurrent Breakout Session II, Track 1 - 11:15-12:10
Part II, Discussion of Local Applications, will focus on local waste and food insecurity,examples of food recovery programs and student engagement in the movement.


Mindy MeuliMindy Meuli
MS, RD, LD, CDE, Director, Cent$ible Nutrition Program
University of Wyoming

Mindy Meuli is the Director of the Cent$ible Nutrition Program at the University of Wyoming, which encompasses both the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education and the Expanded Food and Nutrition Program. The Cent$ible Nutrition Program provides nutrition education to low income audiences.

Mindy has a Master’s degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition from the University of Wyoming and a Bachelor of Science in Zoology also from the University of Wyoming. She is a registered and licensed dietitian and also a Certified Diabetes Educator. Mindy joined the University of Wyoming Family and Consumer Sciences Department and Extension in 2006 as Manager of the Cent$ible Nutrition Program. Prior to joining UW Extension and FCS, Mindy was the Director of Nutrition Services at Ivinson Memorial Hospital where she also worked as a clinical dietitian for 25 years.

Mindy is currently serving on the Program Development Team for Land Grant Universities implementing SNAP-Ed programming. She also is president-elect of the Wyoming Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and was appointed in 2011 by Governor Mead to serve on the Wyoming Dietetic Licensure Board.

Wednesday, October 8 - Film Discussant, A Place at the Table - 7:00-10:00


Christine M. PorterChristine M. Porter
Assistant Professor of Public Health
Division of Kinesiology & Health
University of Wyoming

Christine M. Porter, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Public Health, Division of Kinesiology & Health, at the University of Wyoming. She conducts action research in building social justice and radical democracy, largely though community food system work. Christine is principal investigator and project director for "Food Dignity," which is a $5-million, 5-year USDA-funded project that began in April 2011 with 5 community food organizing partners (www.fooddignity.org). Her most recent formal studies were in the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University. Her informal studies with community organizing and anti-racist mentors, including many of the people who are currently leaders and partners in the Food Dignity project, have equally informed her action research and her teaching. She is also working with the Food Dignity community partners in Laramie and Wind River Indian Reservation on a new action research project called Growing Resilience, a randomized controlled trial aiming to assess health impacts of home gardening and provides gardens to interested families.

Thursday, October 9 - Concurrent Breakout Session I, Track 1 - 10:15-11:10
Food for Dignity and Democracy
We currently produce more than enough food to feed the world (though we don't choose to share it with those who need it). However, our dominant production methods consume our soil, oil and water, compromising the ability of future generations to feed themselves. This presentation sketches principles, practices and promises of local, national and international food justice and sovereignty movements that seek to build food systems that will feed all of us today and all of our great-grandchildren tomorrow.


Arlan I PrebludArlan I Preblud
We Don't Waste

Born in Denver, Colorado, Arlan Preblud started school in Denver and then traveled extensively living in Albuquerque, New Mexico, San Antonio, Texas, Tokyo, Japan, France and Germany. He attended the University of Colorado for two years; graduated from the University of Denver College of Arts and Sciences; and graduated from the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law. Mr. Preblud is the founder and Executive Director of the American Basketball Association Players Association; he practiced law until 2008; and founded the We Don't Waste program in September 2009. Since its inception, the program has grown each and every month with the number of food providers as well as the volume of product available for distribution to community-based agencies.

Thursday, October 9 - Concurrent Breakout Session I, Track 1 - 10:15-11:10
Part I, Background and Model Projects, will focus on information about the legal and ethical basis for food recovery programs including prepared foods. It will also include descriptions of existing programs in Colorado and Iowa that have worked well, the need they are responding to, objectives, logistics, risks, how those risks have been addressed, costs, and the impact they have had for clients, community and where relevant you institutions/organizations.


Dee PridgenDee Pridgen
Carl M. Williams Professor, College of Law
University of Wyoming

Dee Pridgen is the Carl M. Williams Professor of Law and Social Responsibility, at the University of Wyoming's College of Law, where she has taught since 1982. Her subjects include Consumer Protection, Contracts, Antitrust, and Payment Systems. She received her Juris Doctorate in 1974, from New York University, and a B.A. in 1971, from Cornell University. She is a member of the Order of the Coif and Phi Beta Kappa. Pridgen has been a Fulbright Scholar/Lecturer at Tokyo University in Japan and a Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Baltimore School of Law, the University of Maryland School of Law, and the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law. She also served as a Staff Attorney, for the Federal Trade Commission, Bureau of Consumer Protection, Washington, D.C. from 1978-82.

Pridgen's publications include two treatises aimed at practicing attorneys, CONSUMER PROTECTION AND THE LAW, and CONSUMER CREDIT AND THE LAW, coauthored with Richard Alderman, both published by Thomson/West, and updated yearly. She is also a coauthor of a law school casebook entitled CONSUMER LAW: CASES AND MATERIALS (Thomson/West 4th ed. 2013) and co-editor of a statutory supplement SELECTED CONSUMER STATUTES (Thomson/West 2013). She has written articles and reports on consumer law, and has given presentations at international consumer law meetings in Helsinki, Finland and Auckland, New Zealand. SSRN Author Page: http://ssrn.com/author=40169. Selected Works Page: http://works.bepress.com/dee_pridgen/ She has also presented at and been the co-chair of the Consumer Issues Conference held yearly at the University of Wyoming since 2001. She has been on the faculty for Teaching Consumer Law, a biennial conference sponsored by the Consumer Law Center at the University of Houston since 2002. Pridgen was elected to the American Law Institute in 2003 and is currently on the advisory committee for the Restatement 3d of Consumer Contracts.

Thursday, October 9 - Concurrent Breakout Session III, Track 2 - 1:35-2:30
Is POM Wonderful Really Wonderful - How the FTC, the FDA and Private Litigation Address Deceptive Food Advertising
Professor Pridgen will compare and contrast the regulation of deceptive food marketing under the Federal Trade Commission Act, the Food and Drug Act, and the Lanham Act (a federal law that allows competitors to sue each other for false advertising of a competing product). She will discuss two recent cases involving the same product, POM Wonderful, as an example. POM Wonderful is a dietary supplement made from pomegranate juice that had claimed to be a proven preventative or treatment for heart disease, prostate cancer and erectile dysfunction. POM Wonderful's advertising even claimed that its product could "cheat death." The company was sued by the Federal Trade Commission, which held in 2013 that the company lacked adequate substantiation for its claims. In a turnabout action, POM Wonderful sued Coca-Cola under the federal Lanham Act for unfair competition by Coca-Cola's Minute Maid "Pomegranate-Blueberry" Combination Juice, for using the term "Pomegranate" in their product name without having a significant amount of the fruit actually in the product. Coca-Cola's main defense was that their label was permitted by FDA regulation. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of POM Wonderful in June 2014.


Ron PulleyRon Pulley
Laramie, Wyoming

Ron Pulley has had a long career in agriculture, most recently marketing the mule-footed hog (a heritage breed) to local meat enthusiasts. Now retired, he and his wife Lynne have also raised Scotch Highland cattle and managed commercial swine operations, and Ron has worked in banking.

Friday, October 10 - Concurrent Breakout Session V, 11:15-12:10
Panel Discussion on Local Food Production: Challenges and Opportunities
Local food systems can be used to connect economic development, public health, environmental stewardship, and civic health. And public interest in local food is at an all-time high. So local food development is at the forefront of community development. Yet local food producers often have difficulty building successful enterprises and working with the public. This panel will discuss the challenges and opportunities of producing and marketing local food.


Jason RobisonJason Robison
Assistant Professor, College of Law
University of Wyoming

Jason Anthony Robison is an Assistant Professor at the University of Wyoming College of Law. His research and teaching interests revolve around water law and related areas of environmental and natural resources law in the United States and abroad. Professor Robison joined the UW faculty as a Visiting Professor during the 2013-2014 academic year after earning his S.J.D. at Harvard Law School and completing his dissertation on the Law of the Colorado River. Professor Robison has also earned an LL.M. at Harvard Law School, a J.D. at the University of Oregon, and a B.S. in environmental studies at the University of Utah. His professional experience in the area of environmental and natural resources law spans the past decade and encompasses various legal and academic positions with Harvard University, the Oregon Supreme Court, the Oregon Department of Justice, and the University of Colorado's Colorado River Governance Initiative.

Friday, October 10 - Concurrent Breakout Session V, Track 2 - 11:15 a.m.-12:10 p.m.
Western Water Law and Sustainable Food Production
Agricultural water users in the American West face significant water-related challenges in coming decades, including projected climate change-based reductions in water supplies and increasing water demands by municipalities and other water users. Existing water laws must be administered, and in some cases adjusted, appropriately to navigate these challenges. This presentation will focus retrospectively and prospectively on the intersection between water law and agricultural water use in the western United States.


Robert SpragueRobert Sprague, J.D., M.B.A.
Associate Professor, College of Business
University of Wyoming

Professor Sprague is a frequent contributor, through published scholarly articles and invited symposium presentations, on issues related to the convergence of law, business, and technology, with an emphasis in privacy and cyberspace issues. Professor Sprague is a member of the editorial board of the American Business Law Journal, Editor-in-Chief of Workplace Data: Law and Litigation, published by Bloomberg/BNA, and author of Law for Entrepreneurs and Owners of Small Businesses, a textbook to be published by Wolters Kluwer. Prior to joining academia, Professor Sprague provided legal counseling to small businesses, primarily in high-tech industries, and served as a senior manager in various start-up ventures. Professor Sprague also has a personal interest in nutrition.

Thursday, October 9 - Concurrent Breakout Session II, Track 2 - 11:15 a.m.-12:10 p.m.
Can Litigation Improve Nutrition?
This presentation will focus on various legal strategies affecting nutrition, including "junk food" product liability theories, challenges to product labeling, and serving-size regulation. While the courts have rejected many of these efforts, is there evidence they have in fact contributed to better nutrition?


Dawn Thilmany McFaddenDawn Thilmany McFadden
Professor of Agribusiness
Colorado State University

Dawn Thilmany McFadden is a Professor of Agribusiness and Agribusiness Extension Economist with Colorado State University, and specializes in analyzing markets and consumer behavior surrounding local, organic and other value-added food market segments as well as agritourism. She has served on Boards and in leadership positions with the United States Department of Agriculture, the Food Distribution Research Society, the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, the Western Agricultural Economics Association, several USDA regional research committees, and served as a Farm Foundation Fellow.

Friday, October 10 - Concurrent Breakout Session IV, Track 1 - 10:15-11:10
Strengthening Local Markets through Partnerships and Engagement
This presentation will draw from research and interesting projects that demonstrate how local food consumers behave and new partnerships have emerged to capture opportunities for these engaged local buyers.


Virginia TillVirginia Till
Recycling Specialist, Environmental Stewardship Unit
Environmental Protection Agency
Denver, Colorado

Virginia Till, sometimes known as "Recycle Rita" in EPA Region 8, is a recycling specialist and regional lead for EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge. Virginia began at EPA as a graduate student in 2010 and, after successfully completing her integrated sciences degree at the University of Colorado Denver, gained a permanent position at the Denver office in 2013. Virginia enjoys considering “big picture” concepts related to systems thinking, multidisciplinary approaches, and collaborating with various stakeholders to inspire positive and long-term change. Virginia has planned, analyzed, and implemented various aspects of sustainable infrastructure and pollution prevention, and encourages others to integrate community-based social marketing into daily work. With her help, EPA Region 8 headquarters has a current waste diversion rate of approximately 80%. Currently, Virginia works to reduce the impacts of food waste by coordinating regional efforts for the Food Recovery Challenge and Food: Too Good To Waste programs. In her free time, Virginia enjoys photography and the fascinating world of fungi as an amateur mycologist.

Thursday, October 9 - Concurrent Breakout Session III, Track 3 - 1:35-2:30


Gayle M. WoodsumGayle M. Woodsum
Feeding Laramie Valley

Gayle is the founder of Feeding Laramie Valley, a grassroots, collaborative effort to increase sustainable food equality and security in Albany County, Wyoming by supporting and promoting diverse community food projects. With 34 years of experience as a social change activist and community organizer in local to international efforts, Gayle is more convinced than ever that the greatest expertise and hope for positive change comes from individuals who have personally experienced the challenges they long to alleviate. gayle@feedinglaramievalley.org

Thursday, October 9 - Concurrent Breakout Session II, Track 1 - 11:15-12:10
Part II, Discussion of Local Applications, will focus on local waste and food insecurity,examples of food recovery programs and student engagement in the movement.