The National Professional Science Master's Association (NPSMA) Presents a Two-Day Workshop On April 10-11, 2014 in Lafayette, California

“Workforce Challenges and Opportunities in the Food and Agriculture Industries”

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Lafayette, CA (PRWEB) February 13, 2014

NPSMA workshop attendees will participate in energetic discussion between industry, government and academia on developing a highly trained workforce to meet the future food and agriculture challenges of California and the world. Participants will learn about evolving high-tech workforce needs of California and U.S. Agriculture/Food Science and industrial sector, changing regulatory structures governing the industry, resources for professional training to meet current needs.

Keynote speaker for the event is Karen Ross, California Secretary of Food and Agriculture who will address: “Opportunities and Challenges in the Food and Agriculture Industries of California and the Nation.” Secretary Ross was appointed Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture on January 12, 2011 by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. She has deep leadership experience in agricultural issues nationally, internationally, and in California. Prior to joining CDFA, Secretary Ross was chief of staff for U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, a position she accepted in 2009.

Workshop session topics include “Innovations in Science and Education Initiatives” and “Opportunities and Solutions for Sustainable Food Production.” There will be key industrial panelists from Monsanto Corporation, ConAgra Foods, Western Growers Association, Agrian, Creative Research Management, Ernest and Julio Gallo, Blue Diamond, Sure Harvest, Inc., and Energy and Agriculture Innovation, Inc.

For additional information, including workshop rates and agenda, please visit the NPSMA website at http://www.npsma.org/upcoming-workshops. Registration deadline is March 28, 2014.

About the NPSMA: The National Professional Science Master’s Association is the only professional organization devoted exclusively to the needs and concerns of individuals working with Professional Science Master’s (PSM) programs in the U.S. and beyond.