ISU Conference Feb. 28 Examines Global Grain, Meat Demand

February 7th, 2002

AMES, Iowa — International experts will analyze the prospects for global food production and the implications for Midwestern agriculture in an Iowa State University conference, "Growing Ambitions: Prospects for Global Grain and Meat Demand," on Feb. 28.

The meeting will address the world's food supply capabilities, the potential constraints on global food production capacity, the future of world food demand and how these issues affect food producers and consumers. A new program in ISU's Department of Agronomy, the Global Agricultural Science and Policy Institute (GASPI), is organizing the conference.

The Matto Grosso Foundation, the primary agricultural developers of Brazil's Cerrado region, and the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture will have representatives at the event.

Speakers include Vaclav Smil, distinguished professor at the University of Manitoba and author of "Feeding the World"; Jean-Francois Vidal, international delegate for Action Against Hunger and editor of "The Geopolitics of Hunger"; Don Duvick, affiliate professor of plant breeding at Iowa State and former vice president of research at Pioneer Hi-Bred International; Jacinto Fabiosa, technical director of the Food and Agriculture Policy Research Institute; and agronomic and economic experts from Iowa State.

Registration is $75 for forms postmarked Feb. 15 and $90 for general and walk-in registration. Some students and farmers may qualify for a registration grant. To register, or for additional information, contact Pernell Plath, (515) 294-4319, or visit the web (the "GASPI" link),

The conference will be held at ISU's Scheman Center in conjunction with the Center for Agriculture and Rural Development's 2002 Agricultural Forum on March 1. The forum, "Prices, Policy and the WTO," will focus on agricultural prices and the World Trade Organization. Participants attending both events and registering through GASPI will qualify for a $10 discount on their registration for the GASPI event. To register for "Prices, Policy, and the WTO" visit or call (515) 294-5777.

GASPI was established to provide a forum for scientists, policy-makers and other decision-makers to study critical agricultural issues and their interrelationships with society, natural resources and science. For more information, visit


Pernell Plath, Agronomy, (515) 294-4319

Ricardo Salvador, Agronomy, (515) 294-9595

Melea Reicks Licht, Agronomy Communications, (515) 294-1890