2018 Presentations

Sixth National Rural Grocery Summit
Hilton Garden Inn
Manhattan, Kansas
June 25-26, 2018
Strengthening Community; Strengthening Health:  The Rural Grocery Store

Day 1     

9:30 – 10:30 AM

Opening Keynote

Chris Jones, Vice President, Government Relations, National Grocers Association
Trends and Disruptions in the Supermarket Industry


10:45 AM – Noon

#1:   Grocery Operations: Cooperatives as a Model of Grocery Ownership

Moderator:  Nancy Daniels


#2:    Healthy Food Access:  Best Practices and Resources for Individuals and Organizations Working with Rural Groceries

Moderator:  Donna Schenck-Hamlin


#3:   Technical Resources for Identifying and Accessing Healthy Food

 Moderator:  Rial Carver


Day 1     

Noon – 1:30 PM

Luncheon Keynote

Jimmy Wright, President of Wright’s Markets, Inc.
Improving Access to Food and Healthcare – ‘The Wright Way’


1:45 PM – 3:00 PM

#4:   Grocery Operations: Navigating the REAP (Rural Energy for America Program) Proceess

Moderator:  Elizabeth Burger


#5:   Healthy Food Access: Strategies to Increase Healthy Food Sales

Moderator:  Bill Richter


#6:   Grocery Operations: Rural Grocery Best Practices

 Moderator:  Isabelle Busenitz


Day 1     

3:15 PM – 4:30 PM

#7:   Grocery Operations: Responding to the Food Distribution Challenge

Moderator:  Rial Carver


#8:   Grocery Operations:  Models of Ownership

Moderator:  Ron Wilson


#9:  Healthy Food Access:  Restoring Grocery Access: The Vinton County, Ohio Story and the Kansas Healthy Food Initiative

 Moderator:  Kolia Souza


Day 1

4:45 – 5:15 PM

Poster Presentations

Day 2     

8:30 – 9:15 AM

Morning Keynote

Ron Wilson, Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development
Tumbleweed Tales: Lessons Learned from Rural Entrepreneurs
Rural Grocery Store Awards


9:30 AM – 10:45 AM

#10:  Grocery Operations: SBA Helping Small Business through Funding and Technical Assistance

Moderator: Rial Carver


#11:  Healthy Food Access: Stifling Efforts to Build Local Food Systems: How Preemption Can Impact Your Community’s Access to Healthy Food

Moderator: Kolia Souza


#12:  Grocery Operations: Grocery Ownership Models that Meet Community Needs and Opportunities

 Moderator:  Tina Khan


Day 2     

11:00 AM – 12:15 PM

#13:  Funding: Funding Opportunities for Rural Grocery Operations and Healthy Food Access

 Moderator:  Jessica Bowser


#14:  Strengthening Nutrition across the Food System

Moderator:  Isabelle Busenitz


#15:  Grocery Operations: Dealing with Dollar General

Moderator:  Tina Khan and Donna Schenck-Hamlin


12:30 – 1:15 PM

Closing Keynote

David Procter, Director, Center for Engagement and Community
Moving Rural Grocery Operations and Health Food Access Forward