Media Advisory: Top agriculture officials from U.S., Mexico, Canada to speak at North American Agricultural Advisory Network event Oct. 21 in conjunction with the World Food Prize International Borlaug Dialogue

When: Thursday, Oct. 21, from 2:15 p.m. to 4 p.m. (CDT)

Where: Via Livestream (registration required) and in person at the Des Moines Embassy Suites Ballroom

What: The North American Agricultural Advisory Network (NAAAN) Conversation on Education, Extension, and Research: Building Blocks for the Next Generation of Agricultural Leadership in North America

  • Keynote address: Chancellor Tony Frank, Colorado State University System (host institution for the NAAAN Secretariat)
  • Panel discussion with staff of USAID, The Global Teach Ag Network and the Borlaug Global Guides, The Canadian Federation of Agriculture, NAAAN Steering Committee Members, and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (SADER) Mexico
  • Roundtable discussions (in-person and online) focused on tangible next steps
  • Closing remarks from the ex officio members of the NAAAN
    • Secretary Tom Vilsack, U.S. Department of Agriculture
    • Secretary Victor Villalobos, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mexico
    • Chris Forbes, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Canada


The North American Agricultural Advisory Network (NAAAN) facilitates collaboration and learning among existing programs and organizations in the three North American countries of Canada, Mexico and the United States. NAAAN serves as a platform to link shared priorities and activities in agricultural advisory and extension services through knowledge development and management, networking and policy advocacy. NAAAN is the newest member of the Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS).

Three focus areas

The NAAAN is formulating working groups to guide and support implementation of priority elements of the NAAAN work program. Working groups will help to initiate activity in the three thematic areas dealing with the role of extension and rural advisory services:

1) Biodefense and management of natural disaster

2) Climate change, with emphasis on water management and soil health

3) Youth and career empowerment

Details for media

Media are invited to attend the NAAAN event, which is open to all attending the World Food Prize event; registration is required. The livestream link will be provided to registrants.

Register for the NAAAN event.

Register for the World Food Prize Borlaug Dialogue 2021.

Media contact

For more information, contact Cara Neth at (970) 391-9601 or