Four Former Ag Secretaries Highlight Morrill Act Week at UNL

Four Former Ag Secretaries Highlight Morrill Act Week at UNL

Heuermann series lecture features U.S. Mike Johanns, Clayton Yeutter, John Block and Dan Glickman.

Four former U.S. secretaries of agriculture, two of whom have Nebraska ties, are the lead-off speakers when the second season of Heuermann Lectures begins at 7:30 p.m., Sept. 28, at the Lied Center for Performing Arts in Lincoln.

The four former agricultural secretaries--U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns, Clayton Yeutter, John Block and Dan Glickman--will discuss "The Land-Grant Mission of 2012--Transforming Agriculture for the 2050 World."

Panel moderators are Jeff Raikes, chief executive officer of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Ronnie Green, University of Nebraska vice president and Harlan vice chancellor, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at UNL.

US. Sen. Mike Johanns will be one four former secretaries of ag who will take part in a lecture series in Lincoln, Sept. 28.

Heuermann Lectures at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln focus on providing and sustaining enough food, natural resources and renewable energy for the people of the world, and on securing the sustainability of rural communities where the vital work of producing food and renewable energy occurs, according to Green.

Heuermann Lectures are free, but the Sept. 28 lecture requires tickets, which are available free from the Lied Center ticket office. Call 402-472-4747 in Lincoln; 1-800-432-3231 outside the Lincoln area. Unclaimed tickets will be released at 7:15 p.m. that night.

The Sept. 28 Heuermann Lecture will be streamed live at

This lecture is the highlight of a week celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Morrill Act, which created land-grant universities. Events throughout the week are found at

Other Heuermann Lectures in the 2012-2013 season are:

Thursday, Nov. 15--"Where America Must Lead: Ensuring the World Can Feed its People,"  3:30 p.m., Hardin Hall auditorium, 33rd and Holdrege, Lincoln. Catherine Bertini, 2003 World Food Prize Laureate and professor of public administration and international relations at Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, and co-chair of the Global Agricultural Development Initiative, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, is the Heuermann lecturer.

Friday, Nov. 30--"Recent and Prospective Developments in Agricultural Trade Policies," 3:30 p.m., Hardin Hall. Kym Anderson is the lecturer. He is George Gollin, Professor of Economics, The University of Adelaide, and professor of economics at Australian National University, and a former researcher at the World Trade Organization and the World Bank, with expertise in global food and agricultural policies and market trends.

Tuesday, Jan. 15--"Improving Animal Welfare and Communication with the Public;" 7 p.m. Hardin Hall. Temple Grandin, professor of animal sciences at Colorado State University and author of several books including "Livestock Handling and Transport" and "Thinking in Pictures," is the Heuermann lecturer. 

Tuesday, Feb. 12--"Tomorrow's Table: Organic Farming, Genetics and the Future of Food;" 3:30 p.m., Hardin Hall, 3 p.m. Pamela Ronald and Raoul Adamchak are the lecturers. Ronald is a professor in the Department of Plant Pathology and the Genome Center at the University of California, Davis, and director of grass genetics at the Joint BioEnergy Institute, while her husband, Raoul Adamchak, is market garden coordinator at the U.S. Davis Student Farm, where he teaches organic agriculture. 

Tuesday, April 9 –"The Global Food System and Related Policy Challenges;" 3:30 p.m., Hardin Hall; 3 p.m. Per Pinstrup-Andersen, 2001 World Food Prize Laureate, is the Heuermann lecturer.  He is H.E. Babcock Professor of Food, Nutrition and Public Policy, J. Thomas Clark Professor of Entrepreneurship and professor of Applied Economics at Cornell University.

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