Posted by: FBRuralDevelopment | 01/20/2012

2012 USDA Ag Outlook Forum

USDA Marks 150th Anniversary in 2012

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will give the keynote address and moderate a historic plenary panel at its Agricultural Outlook Forum, Feb. 23-24, in Arlington, Va. USDA is commemorating its 150th anniversary throughout 2012, celebrating the department’s founding in 1862 by President Abraham Lincoln. 

The forum’s 25 breakout sessions with more than 80 speakers will focus on a broad range of topical issues, including global food security; foreign trade, financial markets and economic development; conservation; energy; climate change; food safety; food hubs; Extension programs; and next generation farmers. The forum continues to feature the traditional USDA commodity supply and demand and food price outlooks. Among the session speakers will be representatives from major banks, trade associations, agricultural institutions, corporations, cooperatives, consultants and academia.

Former secretaries of agriculture Ed Schafer, Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.), Ann Veneman, Dan Glickman, Mike Espy, Clayton Yeutter, John Block and Bob Bergland have been invited to participate in a panel about the future of agriculture in America.  USDA’s Chief Economist Joseph Glauber will present the foreign trade and domestic agricultural economic outlooks. The forum’s dinner speaker will be Jim Miller, senior policy adviser to the Senate Budget Committee. 

Full 2-day registration for the public, which includes 2 working luncheons and one dinner is $375, or one-day registration with one luncheon is $275.  The price increases after Monday, January 23, 2012.  For more information, visit the website or read the USDA news releaseSpeeches from past Outlook Forums are online.

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