Learn More About the November C-FARE Brandt Forum 2021 Speakers

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Kevin Barnes
Event Intro­duc­tion


Kevin Barnes was named NASS act­ing admin­is­tra­tor in July 2020. Before this appoint­ment, Kevin served as the NASS asso­ciate direc­tor. He has near­ly 40 years of ser­vice with NASS. In addi­tion to serv­ing in sev­er­al lead­er­ship posi­tions in NASS, Barnes has also served key detail assign­ments, with­in the REE Mis­sion Area, USDA, and with Con­gres­sion­al staff. Barnes’ work with NASS began as a co-op stu­dent in South Car­oli­na and North Car­oli­na NASS field offices. After grad­u­at­ing sum­ma cum laude from the North Car­oli­na Agri­cul­tur­al and Tech­ni­cal State Uni­ver­si­ty with a degree in agri­cul­tur­al eco­nom­ics and a con­cen­tra­tion in agri­cul­tur­al busi­ness, he began his career as an agri­cul­tur­al sta­tis­ti­cian in the NASS Flori­da and Illi­nois field offices.

David Zilberman
Ses­sion Title: Dig­i­ti­za­tion with­in the food sup­ply chain — the impact of the pandemic


David Zil­ber­man has been a pro­fes­sor in the Agri­cul­tur­al and Resource Eco­nom­ics Depart­ment since 1979 where he holds the Robin­son Chair. He is the cofounder and co-direc­tor of the BEAHRS Envi­ron­men­tal Lead­er­ship Pro­gram (ELP), and is the direc­tor of the Mas­ter of Devel­op­ment Prac­tice (MDP). David writes both for pro­fes­sion­al jour­nals and the gen­er­al pub­lic, and aims to inte­grate eco­nom­ic the­o­ry to real world prob­lems in both devel­oped and devel­op­ing coun­tries. He is also an exten­sion spe­cial­ist, and co-edi­tor of ARE Update. 

David is a fel­low of the Amer­i­can Agri­cul­tur­al Eco­nom­ics Asso­ci­a­tion and the Asso­ci­a­tion of Envi­ron­men­tal and Resource Econ­o­mists. He has pub­lished in var­i­ous fields on the Eco­nom­ics of agri­cul­ture, envi­ron­ment, tech­nol­o­gy and risk, and is most proud of his stu­dents and col­lab­o­ra­tors (we will pro­vide the link to page on per­son­al blog that includes all past stu­dents and post docs, we are still work­ing on it). David com­plet­ed his B.A. in Eco­nom­ics and Sta­tis­tics from Tel Aviv Uni­ver­si­ty in Israel and his PhD in Agri­cul­tur­al and Resource Eco­nom­ics from U.C. Berkeley.

Israel Talpaz
Ses­sion Title: See­Tree- the Intel­li­gence Plat­form for Trees!


For­mer rank­ing gen­er­al, serv­ing for more than 30 years in the Israeli defense estab­lish­ment. A leader and a high­ly skilled strate­gist. Expert in con­struct­ing and apply­ing oper­a­tions, tech­nol­o­gy and ana­lyt­ic process­es to get to the high­er ground. While serv­ing was active in the inter­na­tion­al are­na, run­ning com­plex cam­paigns in spe­cial­ized domains of exper­tise, and cop­ing with dif­fer­ent cul­tures and environments.

Amir Szuster
Ses­sion Title: Pow­er­ing effi­cient, pre­dictable and sus­tain­able agri-food val­ue chains


Expe­ri­enced Vice Pres­i­dent of Sales & Busi­ness Devel­op­ment with a demon­strat­ed his­to­ry of work­ing in the SaaS indus­try. Skilled in Nego­ti­a­tion, Busi­ness Plan­ning and Ana­lyt­i­cal Skills. Has a Mas­ter’s Degree in Eco­nom­ics from the Hebrew Uni­ver­si­ty of Jerusalem and anoth­er Mas­ter focused in Social Sci­ences and Human­i­tar­i­an Affairs from Sapien­za Uni­ver­sità di Roma.

Scott H. Irwin
Ses­sion Title: Chang­ing Times and Chang­ing Atti­tudes: The Impact of the COVID Pan­dem­ic on Dig­i­tal Exten­sion Programs


Dr. Scott H. Irwin holds the Lau­rence J. Nor­ton Chair of Agri­cul­tur­al Mar­ket­ing in the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­tur­al and Con­sumer Eco­nom­ics (ACE) at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Illi­nois at Urbana-Cham­paign. Irwin is a nation­al and inter­na­tion­al leader in the field of agri­cul­tur­al eco­nom­ics. His research on com­mod­i­ty mar­kets is wide­ly-cit­ed by oth­er aca­d­e­m­ic researchers and is in high demand among mar­ket par­tic­i­pants, pol­i­cy­mak­ers, and the media.

Irwin is best known for his work on com­mod­i­ty mar­ket spec­u­la­tion and bio­fu­els mar­kets. He has been an active par­tic­i­pant in the world-wide debate about the impact of finan­cial index invest­ment in com­mod­i­ty mar­kets, pop­u­lar­ly known as finan­cial­iza­tion.” He is also one of the fore­most experts on bio­fu­els mar­kets and pol­i­cy, writ­ing and speak­ing fre­quent­ly on the eco­nom­ics of ethanol and biodiesel, the Renew­able Fuel Stan­dard, and RINs markets.