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NASA Harvest Conference

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Please join NASA Harvest for our Conference, during which we will introduce the NASA Harvest Consortium, its high-level goals, and our strategy for attaining them. We will highlight early achievements and impact, presenting both the remote sensing as well as the stakeholder/end user sides of the research-to-operations transition around using satellite data for agricultural monitoring and informing decisions. This day will be an opportunity to increase awareness, form new connections, and strengthen existing relationships around these themes and scales.

Harvest aims to advance the visibility, use, and operational uptake of satellite-based Earth observations to empower decisions that support food security, stable markets, economic progress, and sustainable, resilient crop production. Harvest works both domestically and internationally, on food security and large-scale agriculture, from field to global scales, working at the intersection of Earth observation, land science, social science, and policy.


08:00 - 08:55 Arrival, Registration & Light Continental Breakfast

08:55 - 09:00 Call to Order, NASA Goddard Applied Sciences Director Stephanie Schollaert Uz

09:00 - 09:15 Opening Remarks, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine

09:15 - 09:25 Applied Sciences Perspective, NASA Applied Sciences Director Lawrence Friedl

09:25 - 09:45 NASA Harvest Consortium & Meeting Objectives, NASA Harvest Director Inbal Becker-Reshef

09:45 - 10:45 Earth Observations, Agricultural Markets, and Food Price Volatility

   Moderator: Inbal Becker-Reshef
   Presentations: Joe Glauber [IFPRI]; Matt Hansen [UMD]; Esteban Copati [Buenos Aires Grain Exchange]
   Panelists: Abdolreza Abbassian [AMIS], Seth Meyer [USDA], Arnaud Petit [IGC], Ian Jarvis [GEOGLAM]


10:45 - 11:15 Break

11:15 – 12:15 Public-Private Partnerships
   Moderator: Alyssa Whitcraft [Harvest]
   Presentations: Sylvain Coutu [Swiss Re]; Bill Salas [Applied Geosolutions]; Kaiyu Guan [U. Illinois]
   Panelists: Sara Menker [Gro Intelligence], Molly Brown [6th Grain], Gerald Masila [EAGC], Rhiannan Price
   [Maxar], Pierre Sibiry Traore [Manobi], Molly Jahn [U. Wisconsin]


12:15 - 14:00 Lunch

14:00 - 15:30 Food Security and Early Warning
   Moderator: Catherine Nakalembe [Harvest]
   Presentations: Martin Owor [Office of Prime Minister Uganda]; David Lobell [Stanford]; Tim McCully [Lutheran
   World Relief]; Jim Verdin [USAID]
   Panelists: Rogerio Bonifacio [WFP], Mario Zappacosta [FAO], Kenneth Mwangi [ICPAC], Gary Eilerts [USAID]


15:30 - 16:00 Break

16:00 - 17:00 Priorities for Integrating EO into Agricultural Policy & Global Food Security: Connecting Actors Along the Data-to-Decisions Cycle
   Moderator: Chris Justice [Harvest]
   Panelists: Warren Preston [USDA], Stan Wood [Gates Foundation], Kiersten Johnson [USAID], Jean-Luc Bald
   [European Commission], Benjamin Koetz [European Space Agency], Zara Khan [Planet], Lawrence Friedl


17:00 - 17:10 Concluding Remarks, NASA Water Resources & Agriculture Program Manager Brad Doorn; NASA Harvest Director Inbal Becker-


17:30 - 19:30 Reception at The Holiday Inn, in Courtyard

Event Date
Jun 26, 2019
Event Time
8:00am - 7:30pm
Event Location
Holiday Inn Washington-Capitol