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Special Events

Special Events at the AFCC Conference

Join us for Special Events at the 2023 AFCC Conference​


With your paid reservation for the 2023 AFCC Conference, you are invited to all of the following events!


Sunday, November 12, 1:30 to 3:30 PM ET

  • Progress Towards a U.S. Carbon Intensity Label – RiverView 1

  • The Importance of Standards for Synthetic Biology and Industrial Biotechnology – RiverView 2

  • Hydrogen Hubs: Building a Consumer Base and Enabling Adoption – RiverView 5

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Leadership Presentations


Sunday, November 12, (3:30 to 5:00 PM)

  • 3:30pm - Introductory Remarks, Master of Ceremony - Douglas Faulkner, President and Founder Leatherstocking, LLC

  • 3:35pm - Rural Development Initiatives - Dr. Karama Neal, USDA Rural

  • Business - Cooperative Service, Administrator

  • 3:55pm - USDA Climate Change Strategy - Tony Radich, USDA Office of The Chief Economist (OCE), Agricultural Economist

  • 4:15pm – Opportunities for U.S. Agriculture to Support U.S. Foreign Policy Globally – Jeanne Bailey, USDA Foreign Agriculture Service (FAS), Deputy Administrator

  • 4:35pm - Institute of Bioenergy, Climate, and Environment - Kevin Kephart, Deputy Director, USDA The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA); Toby Ahrens, National Program Leader, Agricultural Bioproducts, USDA, NIFA

  • 4:55pm - Adjourn - Douglas Faulkner, President and Founder Leatherstocking, LLC

  • 5:00pm - Welcome Reception – Lower Atrium Eastern Shore 2

Welcoming Reception

Join our kick-off event for the first AFCC Global Biobased Economy Conference & Exhibit. 

Hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be passed around.

Catch up with colleagues and make new connections at this networking event.

  • 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Sunday, November 12

  • Lower Atrium Eastern Shore 2

Grand Exhibit Hall Reception

The Grand Hall Reception is centrally located in the heart of the exhibit floor. This is a perfect opportunity to network with global attendees over inspired food and drinks.

You will be able to see all of the new and innovative ideas in the field of industrial biotechnology, chat with exhibitors and network with other attendees.

In addition you'll be able to meet and discuss innovative technological advancements with poster presenters.

  • 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Monday November 13

  • Eastern Shore Exhibit Hall and Lower Atrium Lobby Area

Continental Breakfast

On both days at the conference, Monday and Tuesday, a full breakfast buffet including a selection of coffees and teas will be available.

  • Monday and Tuesday in the Plenary Programs

  • River View Ballroom


On both days at the conference, Monday and Tuesday, lunch will be available including a selection of coffees, teas and sodas will be available.

  • Monday and Tuesday

  • River View Ballrooom


Refreshment Breaks

On both days at the conference, Monday and Tuesday, snacks, sodas, water, coffee and tea will be available at every morning and afternoon break. More networking opportunities!

  • Monday and Tuesday inside the Eastern Shore Exhibit Hall

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