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USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum

Friday, February 22

8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Sugar Outlook
Moderator: Steve Hines, Director of Marketing, United Sugars Corporation, Bloomington, Minnesota

Mexico Sugar Policy
Speaker: Adriana Herrera Moreno, Graduate Student, Master of International Public Policy, Johns Hopkins University, Washington DC

Private Sector Analysis of the NAFTA Sugar Market
Speaker: Ron Sterk, Associate Editor, Milling & Baking News and Food Business News, Sosland Publishing Company, Kansas City, MO

Issues with Mandatory Labeling of Genetically Engineered Foods (GMO's)
Speaker: Peggy Lemaux, Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, University of California, Berkeley CA

Grains & Oilseeds Outlook
USDA staff will analyze the meteorological factors behind last summer’s historic drought, evaluate the effects of summer weather on corn and soybean yields, and provide the 2013 supply and demand outlook for wheat, corn, and soybeans.
Bill Lapp, Advanced Economics Solutions, Omaha, NE

Evolution of the 2012 Drought and Its Impacts
Speaker: Brad Rippey, U.S. Agricultural Meteorologist, Office of the Chief Economist, USDA, Washington, DC

Weather Effects on Expected Corn and Soybean Yields
Speaker: Paul Westcott Agricultural Economist, Economic Research Service, USDA
Washington, DC

USDA Grains & Oilseeds Outlook
Speaker: Pete Riley, Agricultural Economist, Farm Service Agency, USDA, Washington, DC

10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Cotton & Fibers Outlook
Moderator: David Baker, Cotton Trader, Glenmore Ltd, Stamford, CT

The Outlook for U.S. and World Cotton Supply and Demand
Speaker: Carol Skelly, Cotton & Fiber Analyst, Office of the Chief Economist, USDA
Washington, DC

The Brazil WTO Cotton Case: A 10-Year Retrospective
Speaker: Carol Goodloe, Senior Economist, USDA, Retired, Arlington, VA

Untangling China's Cotton Policy
Speaker: Fred Gale, Senior Economist, Market and Trade Economics Division, Economic Research Service, USDA, Washington, DC

Risk Management and the U.S. Cotton Farmer: Strategies for Today's Market
Speaker: Kelli Merritt, President, CropMark Direct and Cotton Producer, Lamesa, TX

Livestock & Poultry Outlook
Moderator: Sherry Wise, Senior Economist, Livestock, Poultry and Seed Program, Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA, Washington, DC

USDA 2013 Livestock & Poultry Outlook
Speaker: Shayle Shagam, Livestock & Poultry Analyst and ICEC Chair, Office of the Chief Economist, USDA, Washington, DC

A Tragedy of the Commons — How Do We Proceed Without a Spot Market?
Speaker: Steve R. Meyer, Ph.D., President, Paragon Economics, Inc., Adel, IA

Price Discovery in Feed Cattle Markets: A Research on How Thin is Too Thin?
Speaker: Stephen R. Koontz, Associate Professor, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

2:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Dairy Outlook
Moderator: Randy Schnepf, Specialist in Agricultural Policy, Resources, Science, and Industry Division, Congressional Research Service, Washington, DC

USDA 2013 Outlook for Dairy
Speaker: Jerry Cessna, Senior Agricultural Economist-Dairy Programs, Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA, Washington, DC

Prospects for Dairy Policy in 2013
Speaker: Scott Brown, Agricultural Economist, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, University of Missouri, columbia, MO

International Dairy Outlook 2020: A Fonterra View
Speaker: Anand Rao, General Manager, Technical Services, Fonterra USA Inc., Rosemont, IL