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Understanding GMOs: The Facts of Your Food

February 13, 2017 / Understanding GMOs: The Facts of Your Food
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VINCENNES, Ind. - The subject of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is one of the most hotly debated topics in the world today. GMOs are plants, animals, or other organisms whose genetic makeup has been modified using some form of gene modification. Long-term health effects of ingesting genetically modified foods - and their impacts on the environment - are at the center of the controversy.

Students in Vincennes University’s Ag Club will host a GMO Education presentation on Feb. 20, 6 p.m. EST, at VU’s Red Skelton Performing Arts Center, 20 Red Skelton Blvd. The Indiana Farm Bureau is co-sponsoring the event which is free and open to the public.

The featured speaker will be Matt Rekeweg, U.S. Industry Relations and Food Chain Leader for Dow AgroSciences, headquartered in Indianapolis.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

In his position with Dow AgroSciences, Rekeweg defines and leads external stakeholder and food chain outreach strategies necessary to advance DAS's commercial, issue management and regulatory advocacy priorities, as well as to support key product public acceptance initiatives.  Rekeweg is also a member of the US Government Affairs Team which serves as a core center of expertise guiding corporate advocacy activities and processes.  He assumed this role in October 2010.

Previously, Rekeweg was Vice President, Farm Management and Vice President, National Sales for the Halderman Companies (Halderman Farm Management Service and Halderman Real Estates Services), privately-held firms providing property management, appraisal and real estate sales and acquisition services to owners of farmland and rural property located in 18 U.S. states.  

Prior to his career with the Halderman Companies, Rekeweg was a Senior Development Specialist for Agri Business Group, Inc., a training and consulting firm serving agribusinesses throughout North America.

Among several past community service activities, he has been Indiana FFA State President, chaired the Indiana FFA Foundation, served as president of the Indiana Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers, sat on the Purdue University Dean of Agriculture’s Advisory Council, served on the Indiana State Department of Agriculture Advisory Council, and graduated from the Indiana Agricultural Leadership Program.  He currently chairs Indiana’s Center for Agricultural Science and Heritage, serves on the Indiana State Fair Commission, and is an Assistant Scoutmaster for his son’s Boy Scout Troop.

Raised on a corn-soybean-wheat-swine farm in northeast Indiana, Rekeweg was active in all aspects of the farming operation including his personal fruit & vegetable truck farm operation started as a 4-H project and which developed into his award-winning FFA Supervised Agricultural Experience program.  

He earned a Bachelor of Science with Highest Honors in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University and engaged in graduate studies at Cornell University.  

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