National Institute of Food and Agriculture Director to Speak at Climate Change Leadership Summit at 2010 BIO International Convention

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Monday, March 29, 2010) - Roger Beachy, Chief Scientist for the US Department of Agriculture and Director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, will be a featured speaker at Leadership Summit: The Role of Biotechnology Innovation in Addressing Climate Change taking place during the 2010 BIO International Convention.  Beachy’s keynote address, entitled “Climate Change, Biotechnology and Agriculture: The Big Picture” will examine biotechnology’s role in addressing climate change.

“BIO is thrilled that Dr. Beachy will be sharing his insights on climate change with us.  Dr. Beachy, who is known throughout the world for his breakthrough agricultural research, will provide participants with new perspectives on climate change,” said BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood.  Before he joined USDA, Beachy was the founding director of the Danforth Plant Science Center.

During the summit, participants will share information about the developments in industrial and agricultural biotechnology that will help reduce climate change emissions and contribute to carbon sequestration. 

The Convention also will include an entire track dedicated to Food and Agriculture featuring government officials, industry-leading CEO’s, researchers and academics as speakers.  The sessions will include:

·         Next-Generation Technologies—Current State and Outlook

·         Legal Barriers & Sustainability Opportunities for Food, Feed and Energy Feedstocks

·         Wheat, Don’t Pass Me By—Opportunities for Biotech Solutions for Wheat

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The summit is being sponsored by Bayer CropScience, BP, DuPont, Monsanto Company, and the State of Illinois.

The BIO International Convention helps to support the association’s programs and initiatives. BIO works throughout the year to create a policy environment that enables the industry to continue to fulfill its vision of bettering the world through biotechnology innovation.  For more information on the global event for biotechnology, including program, registration, and housing information, please visit

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