I am writing to invite your readers to hear Greg Page, Cargill, Inc. Executive Chairman, talk about the economic impact of climate change on the world’s food production.

As many know, the world’s population is expected to balloon to 9.6 billion people by the year 2050. The world’s farmers will have to produce as much food in the next 35 to 40 years as they have in the entire history of the world.

Page will present ‘Climate Change and the Future of Food Production’ at 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 12 in McCain Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Page is a member of the Risky Business Project, a national committee formed in 2014 to prepare American companies for climate change. In his role, Page is encouraging American business and government leaders to have serious conversations about accommodating climate change scenarios in the future.

Page’s lecture at Kansas State University is the second in the Henry C. Gardiner Global Food Systems Lecture series. Robert Fraley, the Chief Technology Officer for the Monsanto Company, presented the inaugural lecture in January.

This is an important topic that certainly will impact American agriculture in the future. If we are to continue to be the most productive food system in the history of mankind, these are the types of conversations we need to have. As the country’s oldest land-grant institution, and considering our agricultural heritage, Kansas State University is a great place for this discussion to take place.

Please come join us on Monday, Oct. 12. You can also learn more about this lecture by visiting www.k-state.edu/globalfood/lecture-series .

Sincerely,

John Floros, Dean

College of Agriculture

Kansas State University