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Office of the Chief Economist
United States Department of Agriculture

Smart Agriculture in the 21st Century

USDA has hosted the Forum since 1923!

Secretary Tom Vilsack is invited to deliver the keynote address and a distinguished guest speaker will also be invited.  Previous guests have included President Bill Clinton, Nobel Prize winner Norman Borlaug, U.S. Trade Representatives, Congressmen, and Secretaries of Treasury. The economic outlook will be presented by USDA’s Chief Economist Joseph Glauber.  In addition, a plenary panel will be invited to discuss an issue important to agriculture. More than 90 session speakers and moderators are being invited and registration annually exceeds 1,800. 

Two days of sessions and networking:  

February 19 includes the morning plenary, a networking luncheon, and an afternoon of sessions followed by a distinguished dinner speaker. 

February 20 includes 5 concurrent sessions and 5 luncheon speakers from which to choose.

Session Topics in 2015 are expected to include:     

  • Perspectives on Global & U.S. Trade
  • Big Data
  • Commodity Situation and Outlooks
  • Food Price & Farm Income Outlooks
  • Conservation & Regulation
  • Water Issues
  • Weather & Drought Response
  • Climate Change
  • Moving Feed, Food & Fuel to Market
  • 100-Year Anniversary of USDA Market News
  • Nutrition & New Opportunities for Producers
  • Regional Approaches to Rural Growth
  • Bio-Economy
  • Antimicrobial Resistance
  • Agriculture & Bees  
  • Local Foods
  • Food Waste

Registration will begin in early November.  If you wish to receive notification or a speaker update, please e-mail Jennifer Lohr.