The agenda for the 2018 Midwest Food Recovery Summit was packed with 52 speakers sharing their insights, case studies, and knowledge through 17 breakout sessions, two plenary discussions, and one keynote. Click below to learn more about the speakers and view their presentations.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11

9:00 a.m. - Registration Opens

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Welcome and Opening Keynote (Iowa Ballroom)

  • Congressman David Young, U.S. House of Representatives
    • Congressman Young was one of the representatives who launched the bipartisan House Food Waste Caucus in April 2018 in an effort to explore opportunities to reduce food waste and participated with a roundtable discussion in May hosted by Agriculture Secretary Perdue. We are excited to welcome him as the opening keynote presenter to share insight into these initiatives and what the caucus aims to achieve in order to reduce waste.
    • Introduced by Andrew Morse, University of Northern Iowa

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. - Lunch (Iowa Ballroom)

1:00- 2:15 p.m. - Breakout Sessions

2:15 - 2:25 p.m. - Break (2nd Floor Foyer)

2:25 - 3:40 p.m. - Breakout Sessions

3:40 - 4:00 p.m. - Break w/Snacks (2nd Floor Foyer)

4:00 - 5:00 p.m. - Breakout Sessions

  • Municipal Anaerobic Digestion: Ensuring M-AD Success (Salon B/C)
    • Douglas Renk, BioFERM  |  Presentation PDF
    • Moderated by Jennifer Trent, Iowa Waste Reduction Center
  • Empowering the Next Generation (Salon F/G)

5:00 - 6:00 p.m. - Cocktail Hour and Networking (2nd Floor Foyer)

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12

7:30 - 9:00 a.m. - Breakfast (Iowa Ballroom)

8:00 a.m. - Registration Opens

9:00 - 10:15 a.m. - Breakout Sessions

10:15 - 10:30 a.m. - Break (2nd Floor Foyer)

10:30 - 11:30 a.m. - Breakout Sessions

11:30 - 1:00 - Lunch and U.S. EPA Region 7 Awards Ceremony (Iowa Ballroom)

  • Join us for lunch and to help us recognize regional award winners from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Food Recovery Challenge and WasteWise Program for their extraordinary sustainability efforts. You'll hear from five organizations on their food recovery and sustainability initiatives.
  • Introductions by Jim Callier, U.S. EPA Region 7
  • Award-winning organizations
    • Johnson County Department of Health
    • Drake's Next Course
    • Grinnell College
    • Food Rescue Partnership
    • Iowa Waste Reduction Center
    • Perishable Distributors of Iowa

1:00 - 2:15 p.m. - Breakout Sessions

2:15 - 2:30 p.m. - Break (2nd Floor Foyer)

2:30 - 3:45 p.m. - Breakout Sessions

3:45 - 4:00 p.m. - Break

4:00 - 5:15 p.m. - Plenary Discussion - Green Beer All Year (Salons B/C)

5:15 - 6:00 p.m. - Cocktails and Networking (Foyer)

6:00 - 7:30 - Saving Scraps: A Culinary Competition (Iowa Ballroom)

  • Get a front-row view of students from the Iowa Culinary Institute™ strategizing, preparing, plating, and presenting a meal made from...FOOD SCRAPS!
  • Judges
    • Abby Martin, AmeriCorps
    • Virginia Till, U.S. EPA
    • Anna Vogel, Winnow (sponsor organization)
    • Judge Lottery Winner 
      • Attendees - in the Midwest Food Recovery Summit app, visit the Saving Scraps event in the agenda, click Live Poll and answer the question for the chance to be the winning final judge

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13

7:30 - 9:00 a.m. - Breakfast (Iowa Ballroom)

8:00 a.m. - Registration Opens (2nd Floor Foyer)

9:00 - 10:30 a.m. - Innovator Lightning Round, Sponsored by UNI's Center for Business Growth and Innovation (Iowa Ballroom)

  • You get to be the deciding factor on which of our innovative business/non-profits participants will win $1,000 for their food waste recovery, reduction, and/or recycling initiatives!

10:30 - 10:45 a.m. - Break

10:45 a.m - 12:00 p.m. - Breakout Sessions

12:00 - 2:00 p.m. - Lunch and Closing Plenary Discussion (Iowa Ballroom)

2018 Midwest Food Recovery
Summit Partner

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Questions?

Email iwrc@uni.edu.