Tuesday, January 21, 2014 by Lee Mannering
Recently the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced speakers for the 2014 Agricultural Outlook Forum, to be held from February 20-21 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, Virginia. Titled “The Changing Face of Agriculture,” this year’s forum will examine global trends as well as young farmers and women in agriculture.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will moderate two general session panels on the Future of Agriculture. Speaking in the first panel will be Dr. Rajiv Shah, Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development; Paul Schickler, President of DuPont Pioneer; Kellee James, Founder and CEO of Mercaris; and PMA President Cathy Burns. Topics to be discussed include import/export markets, market trends, food security, technology, and innovations in agriculture.
In addition to Secretary Vilsack’s participation, USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden will moderate the afternoon panel “A Roadmap for Women in Agriculture,” USDA’s Chief Economist Joseph Glauber will deliver the 2014 Agricultural & Foreign Trade Outlooks, and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman will speak during the forum’s dinner. USDA will also release preliminary data from the new Census of Agriculture at the forum.
You can get more information on the 2014 Ag Outlook Forum via the USDA website, including registration details and specifics about the 29 breakout sessions that will feature experts in the fields of international trade, forestry, conservation, invasive pests and citrus disease, nanotechnology, social media, local food systems, and food safety.