Discussions regarding federal agricultural policy usually focus on helping farmers through subsidies rather than determining how government itself creates problems for farmers and ranchers. Regulations, in particular, make agricultural production and innovation more difficult by limiting farmers’ and ranchers’ ability to address agricultural risk, work their land, and meet market needs. In this event, presenters will examine the federal regulatory role in agriculture, which is often characterized by overreach and a disrespect for property rights. They will discuss major regulatory obstacles facing agricultural producers, such as the “Waters of the United States” rule and other Clean Water Act challenges, mandatory labeling of genetically engineered food, and the Endangered Species Act. In addition, they identify solutions to these regulatory challenges. Reception following event. Register here at The Heritage Foundation website. 


June 28, 2016
2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


 Rayburn House Office Builidng, Room 2203
Washington, DC 20003 


Keynote Speaker:
The Honorable John Block, Former United States Secretary of Agriculture 


Daren Bakst, Heritage Foundation Research Fellow, Agricultural Policy

Panel Discussion with:

Gregory Conko, Executive Director and Senior Fellow, Competitive Enterprise Institute

Deidre Duncan, Partner, Hunton & Williams LLP, Counsel to the Waters Advocacy Coalition

Brian Seasholes, Director, Endangered Species Project, Reason Foundation


RSVP online 



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