Raising Meat: A New Food Economy Summit

Raising Meat: A New Food Economy Summit
by The New Food Economy and Karen Karp & Partners


What should meat production look like in the 21st century?

At The New Food Economy, we’ve learned that questions about meat production and consumption tend to have the same answer: “It’s complicated.” And yet, as journalists, we want to be able to pose the right questions with as much clarity and rigor as we can.

In that pursuit, we think your perspective is critical.

Raising Meat is taking The New Food Economy from New York City to Texas A&M, one of the most recognized academic institutions for animal science and rangeland management, located in a major livestock producing region, to learn from you, the experts. Our guests will discuss the most pressing issues, practices, and priorities that affect the meat production sector, from markets and genetics to emerging technologies and how meat is being talked about in the media. On what topics does the public need better information? What are the key areas of disagreement among the broad range of players who raise and sell meat for a living? And where can we find consensus?

Together we will expand the conversation about what it means to produce and to eat meat in America today—and what it may mean tomorrow.

Schedule (additional speaker and programming details are being updated as confirmed)
Sunday, March 31, 6:00 p.m. Activities begin with an open, informal dinner reception for all guests

Monday, April 1, 7:00 a.m. Breakfast and check-in

8:00 a.m. – Keynote: Gary Paul Nabhan, Research Social Scientist, University of Arizona College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

8:15 a.m. – Debate: Grass vs. Grain vs. Cells | including Russ Conser, The Grassfed Exchange

9:00 a.m. – Panel: Animal Husbandry for the 21st Century

9:50 a.m. – The New Food Economy Welcome

10:00 a.m. – Coffee and Networking

10:30 a.m. – Perspectives | Richard McCarthy, Slow Food USA

10:35 a.m. – Interview: Technology, Genetics, Antibiotics | including Jeff Simmons, Elanco

11:00 a.m. – Group work

12:00 p.m. – Lunch and Networking

1:00 p.m. – Panel: Natural Resources and Water | including Kevin Ellison, World Wildlife Fund

1:45 p.m. – Perspectives: Biology, Regulation, and Technology

2:00 p.m. – Debate: Scale and Economies | including Mike Callicrate, Callicrate Cattle Company | Joe Swedburg, Hormel

3:00 p.m. – Interview: Gina Asoudegan, Applegate Farms

3:15 p.m. – Facilitated Audience Q&A

3:45 p.m. – Panel: How We Talk About Meat | Kate Cox, Editor and Joe Fassler, Features Editor, The New Food Economy

4:00 – Coffee and Networking


The Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center

177 Joe Routt Boulevard

College Station, TX 77840



Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center

Click here to reserve your room. Rates start at $159/night.

To reserve by phone, please call in-house reservations at 979-260-2295 and use the group code of 17773 to benefit from our group rate.

Valet parking is offered at $24 per vehicle per night for overnight guests or at a daily rate of $13 per vehicle for day guests.

Self-parking is offered in the attached 1,400-car garage at an hourly and daily rate.

On-site amenities include: fitness center, rooftop swimming pool and cabanas, full-service restaurant, bi-level bar, market and cafe, room service.
Click here for location and directions.

Airport Proximity
The property is centrally located in College Station, Texas. For guests traveling in from surrounding areas, there are many locations to fly into with an easy trip into our property.


George Bush Intercontinental Airport (Airport Code IAH) Distance: 1.5 Hours Away

William P. Hobby Airport (Airport Code HOU) Distance: 2 Hours Away


Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (Airport Code AUS) Distance: 2 Hours Away

San Antonio

San Antonio International Airport (Airport Code SAT) Distance: 3 Hours Away

Dallas/Fort Worth

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (Airport Code DFW) Distance: 3 Hours Away

Dallas Love Field Airport (Airport Code DAL) Distance: 3 Hours Away

Ground Shuttle

Ground Shuttle offers daily shuttles to and from College Station to IAH, HOB, and AUS starting at $35.00. Private car or charter services can also be arranged with Ground Shuttle. For more information, visit their website.

Got questions? Want to be a sponsor or speaker? Contact Christophe Hille: christophe@kkandp.com