USDA Announces Plenary Speakers for the 2018 Agricultural Outlook Forum

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced speakers for the 2018 Agricultural Outlook Forum (AOF), to be held Feb. 22–23, 2018, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, Va.

This year’s forum is themed “The Roots of Prosperity,” and the opening plenary session will feature keynote remarks from U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, welcoming comments from Deputy Secretary Steve Censky, and “The 2018 Economic Outlook for Agriculture” presented by USDA Chief Economist Robert Johansson. The forum distinguished speaker is Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank and 2017 World Food Prize Laureate. Speaking at dinner on the first day is Dr. Mehmood Khan, Vice Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer for PepsiCo. Continue reading

IPM-Related Presentations at the 2015 Agricultural Outlook Forum

On February 19 and 20 the USDA Office of the Chief Economist will host the Agricultural Outlook Forum in Arlington, Virginia. The Theme is Smart Agriculture for the 21st Century: A Discussion on Innovation, Biotechnology and Big Data. IPM-related topics include a break-out session on pollinator health including “Diseases & Pesticides Affecting Bee Health” and “Bees on the Farm” on February 20th and another breakout session later that same day around antimicrobial resistance. The bioeconomy or economic activity derived from scientific and research activity focused on biotechnology is the theme for yet another breakout session on February 20th.