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Look Who’s Speaking at the Forum-It’s an All-Star Cast

Another impeccable line-up of speakers, led by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, has been announced for the 2011 Agricultural Outlook Forum. Titled “Today’s Strategies & Tomorrow’s Opportunities,” the Forum will be held February 24-25, 2011, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, Va.  The Plenary Panel speakers include:

Moderator—Christine Cochran, President, Commodity Markets Council; Nariman Behravesh, Chief Economist, IHS Global Insight on Critical Issues Shaping the Global Economic Outlook; Charles Whitman, Founder and CEO, Infinium Capital Management on Electronic Trading and the Globalization of Grain Markets; Pete Nessler, President, FCStone, LLC on A Brokerage Firm’s Approach to Risk Management; Michael Copps, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission on Opening the Internet to the Rural Community.

The dinner speaker will be C. Fred Bergsten, Director of the Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics speaking on World Economic Recovery and Growth Prospect.

Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan will open the annual conference on Feb. 24, 2011, at 8 a.m. followed by Secretary Vilsack’s keynote address. USDA’s Chief Economist Joseph Glauber will deliver the foreign trade and domestic agricultural economic outlooks. The Forum’s distinguished speaker will also be announced in the near future.

Following the plenary, experts in 25 breakout sessions will discuss a broad range of topical issues related to risk management, renewable energy, rural communities, foreign trade & domestic markets, conservation and the environment, nutrition and USDA Dietary Guidelines, land tenure issues, broadband, and sustainability. The Forum also will feature the traditional USDA commodity supply and demand and food price outlooks. The majority of session speakers have been confirmed and their topics are available on the Forum Web site along with the program schedule.

For further information, a program, and to register, please go to: Registration is $350 until Jan. 21, 2011, and $375 thereafter.  Contact:  Brenda Chapin at

One Response to “Look Who’s Speaking at the Forum-It’s an All-Star Cast”

  1. Brenda Curtis-Heiken says:

    Hi Brenda, It will be good to see you again. I need to register myself and my business partner George Lowe for the conference.
    Our company is Amalgamated Agriculture and we invest in
    Farm and ranchland. So, this conference is very, very important to us. See you soon! Brenda

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