Agricultural Outlook Forum Speakers Slated

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the speakers for the 2015 Agricultural Outlook Forum that will be held Feb. 19-20 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel, Arlington, VA. This year’s forum is “Smart Agriculture for the 21st Century.” Speakers include:

  • Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and European Commissioner of Agriculture & Rural Development Phil Hogan will engage in a far-ranging roundtable discussion on agriculture.
  • Richard N. Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, will address “Food, Foreign Policy and International Order.”
  • USDA’s Chief Economist Joseph Glauber will deliver the 2015 Agricultural & Foreign Trade Outlooks.
  • A plenary panel will focus on “A Discussion on Innovation, Biotechnology and Big Data” with wide latitude for panelists to talk about the intersection of these issues. Moderated by Secretary Tom Vilsack, the panel includes: Cory J. Reed, senior vice president of Intelligent Solutions Group at John Deere and Co.; Robert T. Fraley, executive vice president and chief technology officer with Monsanto; Mary Kay Thatcher, senior director of Congressional Relations with the American Farm Bureau Federation; and Robert Sutor, vice president of Mobile, Solutions and Mathematical Sciences at IBM Corp.

Registration is available at www.usda.gov/oce/forum.

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