Seedstock Names Former CA Secretary of Agriculture as Sustainable Agriculture Conference Keynote Speaker

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) July 23, 2014

Seedstock today announced that former Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (2003-2010) Arthur Gen “A.G.” Kawamura, will deliver the keynote address at the 3rd Annual Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture Innovation Conference – “Reintegrating Ag: Local Food Systems and the Future of Cities.”

“As a progressive urban farmer, A.G. Kawamura has had a lifetime of experience working within the shrinking rural and urban boundaries of Southern California,” said Seedstock co-founder Robert Puro. “With his extensive knowledge of California’s agricultural landscape, and the challenges and opportunities associated with the development of strong local food systems, he will bring a unique and enlightening perspective to our conference audience.”

“Developing and supporting the efforts of individuals committed to local sustainable agriculture while working within the parameters of the local natural environment is a balance of art and science,” said Kawamura. “In addition to marketing, politics, and emerging technology, there is tremendous need for creativity in meeting the challenges and finding the solutions for establishing local food systems in order to reap their benefits.”

Through his company, Orange County Produce, LLC, Kawamura is engaged in building an exciting, interactive 100-acre urban agricultural showcase at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California.

Day 1 of the Seedstock event offers a look at urban farming operations in Southern California as well as focused breakout sessions. On Day 2, attendees will convene at the UCLA Anderson School of Management in Los Angeles for a series of discussion panels addressing how city and county policy can encourage investment in, and support of, local and urban agriculture, as well as an examination of the business models and technological solutions necessary to augment the growth of local food systems.

For additional information and to purchase early bird tickets, please visit conference2014.seedstock.com.

For sponsorship opportunities, please send inquiries to: sponsor [at] seedstock [dot] com. If you are interested in participating as a conference speaker, please send your request to: participant [at] seedstock [dot] com.