The 85th annual Agricultural Outlook Forum will be held February 26-27, 2009 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, Va. Titled: "Global Agriculture and Rural America in Transition," the forum's keynote address will be given by whoever the new Secretary of Agriculture will be- assuming that he or she have been confirmed by that date. And, the current administration has left open a slot for an additional "distinguished" guest speaker that will be decided on by the new administration.
USDA's Chief Economist Joseph Glauber will deliver the domestic agricultural economic outlook. The forum's traditional supply and demand outlooks will focus on the major commodities and the National Agriculture Statistics Service will discuss the results of a newly released Census of Agriculture.
Commodity and food prices, renewable energy, rural America, scientific advances, and global policy and trade issues will be featured in the breakout sessions. Session topics include animal and human health issues, multi-lateral negotiations, transportation, and markets for environmental services, conservation, and the future of bees as pollinators in America.
USDA has hosted this annual event since 1923 to provide farmers and ranchers, government, and agribusinesses with sound information for decision-making. Attendees will include members of farm organizations, food and fiber firms, academia, foreign governments, business consultants, and the news media.
For a program preview and registration, please go to: www.usda.gov/oce/forum.