2019 Seattle Conference Registration

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2019 FDRS Conference Agenda

This year's theme, “From Local to Global: Innovative Strategies for Changing Food Distribution Networks” focus on creative applications and technologies aimed at improving the economic efficiency and overall effectiveness of the world food system

Hotel block is now available through September 27, 2019 at the Seattle Marriott Waterfront from October 17-22 at a negotiated rate of $189/night

Friday, October 18, 2019

  • 10 am til noon - FDRS Board Meeting – Executive Boardroom Seattle Marriott Waterfront, 2100 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98121
  • 12:30 – 2 pm - FDRS Board Lunch – The Crabpot Restaurant, (206)624-1890, 1301 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98121
  • 2:30 – 3:30 pm - FDRS Exclusive Board Event – Starbucks Roastery Experience: Tour and Tasting (Princi Pastry and Truffle Pairing)

Saturday, October 19, 2019

  • 7:30 – 8:30 am – FDRS Board breakfast with Food Marketing Challenge (FMC) student team members and coaches
  • 9 am til noon – S1067 Annual Meeting
  • 9 am – 8 pm – Food Marketing Challenge- Student Competition

Sunday, October 20, 2019

  • 1 pm – 4:30 pm Pike Place Tour for 50 (4 groups of 12 at 1:15 pm, 1:30, 1:45 and 2:00 pm) Please meet in the lobby of the hotel at 1pm
  • Noon til 5:30 pm – Posters placed in meeting room lobby area
  • 6:30 – 8 pm – FDRS Welcome Reception (hors d oeuvres/beverages) and FMC Student Awards

Monday, October 21, 2019

  • 7:00 – 7:45 am FDRS Business Meeting (full breakfast included)
  • 7:45 – 8:00 am Break
  • 8:00 – 8:05 am Welcome comments
  • 8:05 – 8:40 am Keynote – Jason Hafemeister, Special Trade Counsel, USDA – “The Future of U.S. Agri-Food Trade Policy”
  • 8:45 – 10 am Plenary Session #1 (Keynote speaker from Washington State Dept of Ag)
    • Jason Hafemeister, Special Trade Counsel, USDA
    • Elisa Daun - Trade Specialist International Marketing Program Washington State Department of Agriculture
    • Bill Bryant - Seattle Port Commission
    • Mark Powers - President of the Northwest Horticultural Council
    • Andrew Muhammad, Blasingame Chair of Excellence Professor, University of Tennessee
    • Karina Gallardo (Moderator), Associate Professor, Washington State University
  • 10 – 10:30 am Networking Break/Poster reviews
  • 10:30 – 11:45 am Plenary Session #2 “Transportation Challenges for Agricultural and Food Products”
    • Matt Harris, Director of Government Affairs, Washington State Potato Commission
    • Anne Goodchild, Professor at University of Washington, Director of the Urban Freight Lab
    • Greg Guthrie, Director of Agriculture Products, BNSF Railroad
    • Jon DeVaney, President of the Washington State Tree Fruit Association
    • Eric Jessup (Moderator), Director, Freight Policy Transportation Institute, Washington State University
  • Noon – 1:30 pm Richardson-Applebaum Awards Luncheon - Speaker Tatiana Drugova, Utah State University, Richardson-Applebaum Scholarship Award For Outstanding Graduate Research on Food Distribution and Marketing, Ph.D. dissertation “The Organic Wheat Market: Three Essays on Pricing, Consumer Segments, and the Importance of Labels”
  • 1:30 – 3 pm Concurrent breakout sessions
  • 3 – 3:30 pm Networking Break/Poster reviews
  • 3:30 – 5 pm Concurrent breakout sessions
  • 6 – 8 pm FDRS Awards Banquet
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2019 Call for Research Reports, Updates, and Outreach Writing

The Food Distribution Research Society invites submissions of Research Reports, Research Updates, and Outreach Writing for the 2019 Annual Conference to be held in Seattle WA from October 18-22, 2019. Work related to any food distribution area from the farm gate through retail to the consumer is welcome at FDRS.

Research Reports are scholarly papers focusing on the results of research efforts. Reports will be evaluated and accepted on the basis of one-page abstracts that describe the research and its relevance to food distribution issues. Conference presentations of research reports are limited to 20 minutes each.

Research Updates are synopses of research or educational work either (1) recently completed, (2) in progress, or (3) to be undertaken within the next year. To give an update, submit a maximum one-page description of the update. Presentations of updates will be limited to 15 minutes each.

Outreach Writing is a relatively new category for the conference. We seek to recognize the kinds of technical communication of food industry issues that is key to the Extension/Industry Outreach work done by the Society’s founders and is core to many members’ work today. Some call these articles “industry outlook” or it may be something contributed to publications such as Choices …materials that communicate food supply chain and marketing issues to an intelligent, highly-involved but non-academic audience. Submissions will consist of the actual article and the submission form. At the conference, the author will have 15 minutes to present a summary of the article’s key points and how it was used in outreach/Extension efforts.


Email submissions to Dawn Thilmany and Lurleen Walters, at  FDRSVPresearch@gmail.com, by July 1, 2019. Authors will be notified of acceptance by July 31, 2019.