Sunday, October 22, 2023

4 p.m.

Registration opens

5-7 p.m.


Welcome Remarks

Cheryl Murphy, Director, Center for PFAS Research and Professor of Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University

George Smith, Michigan State University AgBioResearch

Diane Rowland, University of Maine

David Knaebel, United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service

Amy Fisher, Maine Farmland Trust

Monday, October 23, 2023

7:30 a.m.


Registration Opens

Investigating the Interconnections of Agriculture in the PFAS Lifecycle - Sponsored by SCIEX

Dr. Craig Butt, Applied Markets Technical Marketing, SCIEX

8:30 a.m.

Opening Remarks

Cheryl Murphy, Director, Center for PFAS Research and Professor of Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University

Greg Jaffe, Senior Advisor for Regulatory Affairs, Office of the USDA Secretary

Maine Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, District 1

9 a.m.

Plenary: Overview of PFAS and Grand Challenges for Agricultural Systems

Dr. Linda Lee, Purdue University

10:15 a.m.


10:30 a.m.

Panel Discussion: Farmers

Panelists: Jim Buckle, Susan Gordon, Jason Grostic, Adam Nordell, Art Schaap

11:45 a.m.


Measuring per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances by LC-MS: pitfalls, possibilities and perspective solutions - Sponsored by Thermo Fisher Scientific

Dr. Kevin J. McHale, Senior Lab Applications Scientist, Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry, Thermo Fisher Scientific

Poster Setup Begins


Session 1: Distribution of PFAS in Agricultural Systems and Current Remediation Strategies

1 p.m.

Keynote: Problem Identification

Deputy Commissioner Nancy McBrady, Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry

Dr. Tim Boring, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

1:30 p.m.

Case Study 1: Plant Uptake and Accumulation of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances in Agricultural Environments

Dr. Hui Li, Michigan State University

1:45 p.m.

Case Study 2: PFAS Current Knowledge and Remediation Strategies for Agricultural Production: Livestock

Dr. Sara Lupton, United States Department of Agriculture

2 p.m.


2:15 p.m.

Panel Discussion

Panelists: Deputy Commissioner Nancy McBrady, Dr. Tim Boring, Dr. Hui Li, Dr. Sara Lupton, Dr. Jim Ippolito, Dr. Chris Cohu

4 p.m.

Daily concluding remarks

4:30 p.m.


5-7 p.m.

Poster Social

Tuesday, October 24, 2023

7 a.m.


Registration opens

Optimizing Strategies for Targeted and Non-Targeted Analysis for PFAs in Environmental and Food Samples - Sponsored by Agilent

Dr. Tarun Anumol, Agilent Director of Global Environment Market


Session 2: One Health and Impacts on Food Supply and Food Safety Thresholds

8 a.m.

Keynote: PFAS Contamination in the Agricultural Ecosystem – Impacts on farm food commodities, well water, and fish and game

Dr. Andrew Smith, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention

8:30 a.m.

Case Study 1: Assessing the significance of PFAS precursors to overall exposures and potential health implications

Ms. Heidi Pickard, Harvard University

8:45 a.m.

Case Study 2: Consumer Reaction to PFAS in Agriculture

Dr. Caroline Noblet, University of Maine

9 a.m.

Panel Discussion

Panelists: Dr. Andrew Smith, Ms. Heidi Pickard, Dr. Caroline Noblet, Dr. Courtney Carignan, Mr. Alex Domesle, Dr. Marcus Wasilevich, Dr. Heather Bair-Brake

10 a.m.



Session 3: Agricultural and Food Systems - PFAS Policy

10:15 a.m.

Keynote: Problem Identification

Maine State Senator Stacy Brenner

10:45 a.m.

Perspective 1: Federal Response EPA

Mr. Rod Snyder, Senior Agriculture Advisor to the Administrator, EPA

10:55 a.m.

Perspective 2: PFAS in Pesticides - Legal

Mr. Jim Aidala, Bergeson & Campbell PC

11:05 a.m.

Perspective 3: Tribal Considerations

Ms. Page Hingst, Santee Sioux Nation of Nebraska

11:15 a.m.

Perspective 4: Michigan PFAS Action Response Team

Ms. Abby Hendershott, MPART

11:25 a.m.

Panel Discussion

Panelists: Senator Stacy Brenner, Mr. Rodney Snyder, Mr. Jim Aidala, Ms. Page Hingst, Ms. Abby Hendershott

12:15 p.m.


Regional PFAS Solution in Maine - Sponsored by ECT2

Dr. Steven Woodward, Chief Innovation Officer, ECT2

Location: Galaxy Room

1:15 p.m.

Overview of Networking Extravaganza

1:30 p.m.

Networking Extravaganza

2:30 p.m.


2:45 p.m.

Networking Extravaganza, continued

3:45 p.m.

Concluding Remarks

4:15 p.m.