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Eight Former Secretaries of Agriculture Speaking at USDA’s 2012 Agricultural Outlook Forum

A historic gathering of former Secretaries of Agriculture will commemorate USDA’s celebration of the Department’s 150th anniversary and founding in 1862.  On February 23 at the 2012 Agricultural Outlook Forum, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will moderate a plenary panel of eight former Secretaries of Agriculture invited to speak on “Agriculture: Visions of the Future” at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, Va.

USDA has hosted the Outlook Forum since 1923 to provide farmers and ranchers, government, and agribusinesses with sound information for decision-making. Attendees are expected to include members of farm organizations, food and fiber firms, academia, foreign governments, and the news media.

For more information and to view a Webcast of the morning plenary event after 6 p.m. Feb. 23, please go to: www.usda.gov/oce/forum.

Contact: Brenda Chapin, 202-720-5447

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