The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE) hosted its fifth Critical Conversation in Chicago on September 18-19, 2023.
This two-day forum brought together a diverse group of experts from across the ag value chain to discuss climate-smart commodities and agricultural practices, and their potential role in enhancing resilience in the Midwest.
The group of experts included representatives from all across the ag value chain, including farmers, producers, food distributors and consumers, as well as academics, industry, government and nongovernment officials. Each were able to provide unique perspectives on the current resilience of commodity crops and agricultural practices and contemplate the potential opportunities and risks associated with climate-smart strategies moving forward. The discussion encouraged its participants to think beyond status quo and imagine what the future of climate-smart agriculture could look like in the this changing climate.
Reflecting on his experience at the event, Nick Reinke said:
The video below provides some additional insight behind the motivation for this year’s theme, “Climate-Smart Agricultural Practices and Resilience in the Midwest.”