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Monday, October 30 • 8:30am - 12:00pm
Plenary Session: Creative Conservation Strategies for 21st Century Challenges

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8:30 a.m.
Opening Ceremony & Honor Guard


8:40 a.m.
Introductory Greeting by the Commissioner


8:50 a.m.
Welcome to Louisville – how to make the most of your visit!


9:00 a.m.
Conservation Partnerships: Three Examples from Kentucky

  • Dr. David Wicks – Beargrass Creek
  • Jason Nally –  Maker’s Mark Distillery
  • Dane Balsman – Fishing in Neighborhoods (FINs)

9:30 a.m.
Remaining relevant in the 21st Century:  It’s NOT Back to the Future!

Jason Say, CEO Sportsmen Portal; Co-Host and Owner of Wired Outdoors

10:00 a.m.
Break

10:30 a.m.
Politics of Conservation
Bruce I. Knight, Principal and Founder, Strategic Conservation Solutions
Politics of Conservation – Conservation is usually a nonpartisan or a bipartisan issue. As Congress begins to write the next Farm Bill and the new administration gets its appointees and policy priorities in place, all conservation funding and programs are under scrutiny. This provides SEAFWA members with an opportunity to provide input and direct federal funding towards the programs that work best for them on the ground.  Knight will provide an insider\'s perspective on the politics of conservation in today\'s ever changing climate.  

11:00 a.m.
An Industry Perspective on Conservation Challenges in the 21st Century
Jay McAninch, CEO and President of the Archery Trade Association

11:45 a.m.
Adjourn

Plenary Presenters
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Bruce I. Knight

Principal and Founder, Strategic Conservation Solutions
Bruce Knight is a nationally recognized expert on conservation, agriculture and the environment. With a long track record of bringing strategic workable solutions to complex and controversial issues, he understands the workings of farm and conservation policy from the grassroots to the national level. Coupled with his national policymaking experience is a pragmatic approach to issues harvested from his personal farming enterprise. | | Knight was the Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) from 2006-2009. In this post, he provided leadership and oversight for the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, the Agricultural Marketing Service and the Grain Inspection, Packers, and Stockyards Administration. These agencies protect animals and plants and promote fair, open and orderly markets for U.S. agricultural products. Safeguarding... Read More →
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Jay McAninch

CEO and President, Archery Trade Association
Jay McAninch has led the ATA since 2000 and a hallmark of his tenure has been the rejuvenation of the relationship between industry and the state agencies. McAninch took a leadership role in the formation of the Industry-Agency Coalition and is a founding board member of the Council to Advance Hunting and the Shooting Sports. In 2010, AFWA awarded McAninch the Special Recognition Leadership Award for his tireless commitment to forging stronger bonds between agency and industry members. | | Recently, McAninch led the effort to form the National Deer Alliance where he currently serves as board chair and he also serves on the TRCP board of directors as well as on the steering committee of the Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable. Over his career McAninch has been a visible and effective conservation voice on Capitol Hill and with the Clinton, Bush, Obama and now Trump administrations. | | Under... Read More →
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Jason Say

Co-Host and Owner of Wired Outdoors, CEO Sportsmen Portal
Jason Say came to the outdoor industry after working for 14 years in healthcare where he was the Director of Strategic Planning and Marketing of a major health system. Jason brought that same disciplined marketing approach that he used in healthcare as he followed his dream of working in the outdoor industry. In 2008, he founded the semi-live, online show, Wired Outdoors. Wired Outdoors has grown to become one of the most successful online shows with millions of viewers every year, over 780,000 Facebook fans and thousands of social media followers. | | While Jason and Wired Outdoors quickly became known as an industry leader and was sponsored by the largest brands in the outdoor industry, it... Read More →


Monday October 30, 2017 8:30am - 12:00pm
Grand Ballroom A & B