2023 Food Waste Solutions Summit

May 16-18, 2023 | St.Louis, MO

Rod Snyder

Senior Advisor for Agriculture to the EPA Administrator



Rod Snyder was appointed Senior Advisor for Agriculture to the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in October 2021. He is recognized for his nearly two decades of leadership at the intersection of agricultural and environmental policy.

From 2014-2021, Snyder served as president of Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, which is the largest multi-stakeholder initiative working to advance the sustainability of commodity crop farming in the United States. In this role, he forged science-based
consensus among diverse stakeholders across the food
and agriculture value chain on complex issues such as climate change, water quality, biodiversity, and pest management. In 2015, Snyder co-founded the Sustainable Agriculture Summit, which has grown to be the largest and most prominent
annual sustainable agriculture conference in North America.

Prior to his time at Field to Market, Snyder held positions as Public Policy Director for the National Corn Growers Association and Government Affairs Leader for CropLife America. He has been a longtime champion of agricultural solutions to climate change and has on two occasions
organized farmer delegations to participate in UN Climate Summits in Paris and Copenhagen.

Snyder holds a B.A. in Political Science from Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania. He resides on his family farm in Shenandoah Junction, West Virginia.


Thursday, May 18th

1:30pm - 2:30pm

Insights from the Farm: Cultivating Ideas to Reduce Farm-Level Food Loss

Breakout Session (Running Concurrently)

Building a sustainable food system starts on the farm. Food that is grown but not consumed uses resources all along the farm-to-fork chain. Of the nearly 17 million tons of surplus produce generated at the farm level, a staggering 82% reached maturity but were left behind after harvest. So, how can we optimize the harvest? From protecting and restoring biodiversity to ensuring that safe and nutritious food reaches our tables, growers and producers play an indispensable role in achieving a more sustainable future…but they can’t do it alone. This session will highlight the wins, challenges, viable solutions for the future, and the role that other actors across the value chain can play to minimize food loss at the farm level. 

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