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USDA Announces Speakers for 2013 Agricultural Outlook Forum – Feb. 21-22

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced speakers for the 2013 Agricultural Outlook Forum, “Managing Risk in the 21st Century,” Feb. 21-22 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel, Arlington, Va. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will present the keynote address, followed by guest speaker former Senator Thomas A. Daschle, currently a senior policy advisor with DLA Piper. USDA Chief Economist Joseph Glauber will present the 2013 U.S. Economic Outlook for Agriculture. In addition, a distinguished panel of speakers for the Feb. 21 plenary session includes: Bryan T. Durkin, Chief Operating Officer, CME Group; David Baudler, President of Cargill AgHorizons; and Scott H. Irwin, Laurence J. Norton Chair of Agricultural Marketing, University of Illinois. Mike Adams, AgriTalk Radio host, will moderate the panel.

The Forum’s dinner speaker on Feb. 21 will be Adam Sieminski, Administrator of the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), addressing the “U.S. Energy Market Outlook.”

A program schedule and registration are available at www.usda.gov/oce/forum.

On Feb. 22, Chief Economist Glauber will moderate a panel titled, “Crop Insurance: A Global Perspective.” Panelists include Yves Salmon, Advisor to the CEO, Groupama SA – Paris, France; Olivier Mahul, with the World Bank Group; and John Drakeford, with Aon Benfield, an English insurance company. The discussion will focus on the role of crop insurance in risk management, reinsurance, and the changing face of the U.S. and foreign crop insurance.

Among the 25 breakout sessions are other risk-management sessions and 85 distinguished experts in the fields of international trade, forestry, conservation, transportation, energy, nutrition, local foods, and food safety. The Forum continues to feature the traditional USDA commodity supply and demand and food price outlooks.

USDA has hosted the Agricultural 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 a program preview and to register ($375), please go to www.usda.gov/oce/forum. For more information, please contact Brenda Chapin at (202) 720-5447 or bchapin@oce.usda.gov.

2 Responses to “USDA Announces Speakers for 2013 Agricultural Outlook Forum – Feb. 21-22”

  1. Charlie McKelvey says:

    Very interested to see the presentation on the US Energy Market Outlook and the outlook on commodities.

  2. Thomson Robert says:

    It is interesting to note that the USDA wants the farmers to learn about management of risk. As far as I am concerned, the various loan programs that the government body offers is too complicated for non-legal people to make any sense of. I had to take the help of a professional legal agency, Farm Plus Financial to learn about the ideal loan program for my farming operations. I came across their website http://www.farmloans.com when searching on the internet for ideal loan programs for getting financial aid for my 2009 drought hit farming operations. But for them, I might have had to file for bankruptcy.

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