Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Schedule: USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum 2011

Former President Bill Clinton is the Distinguished Speaker at USDA's 2011 Agricultural Outlook Forum, on Thursday, Feb. 24, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, VA. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will make the keynote address at the Forum, and Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), the new chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, is the other Distinguished Speaker. The full schedule for the two-day event, after the jump.

UPDATE: Clinton's Ag standup routine at the Forum

Go to www.usda.gov/oce/forum on Thursday for a livestream and transcripts of the participants' remarks. (Above: Clinton with President Obama at the White House)

The Forum, held every year since 1923, is designed to provide farmers, ranchers, government, and agribusinesses with "sound information for decision-making" for the year ahead. It features workshops on everything from Dietary Guidelines to crop forecasts, as well as commodity supply and demand and food price outlooks.

Click here for registration details through USDA.

The schedule:

Thursday, Feb. 24

A.M.
8:00 Welcome: Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan
8:05 2011 Agricultural Economic & Foreign Trade Outlooks
Chief Economist Joseph Glauber Speaks
Presentation will be online at 8 a.m. Feb. 24: www.usda.gov/oce/forum

8:30 Forum Keynote Address
Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack
Speech transcript will be posted online later in day on USDA Web site.

8:55 U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow Speaks
Speech transcript will be posted online the following week.

10:05 Former President William Clinton Speaks
Speech transcript will be posted online the following week.

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10:45 Plenary Panel (90 minutes)

Speech transcripts will be posted online the following week.
Moderator: Christine Cochran, President, Commodity Markets Council

Critical Issues Shaping the Global Economic Outlook
Nariman Behravesh, Chief Economist, IHS Global Insight

Electronic Trading and the Globalization of Grain Markets
Charles Whitman, Founder and CEO, Infinium Capital Management

A Brokerage Firm’s Approach to Risk Management
Pete Nessler, President, FCStone, LLC

Friday, February 25

USDA Commodity Outlook Speeches will be posted online at 7 a.m. at www.usda.gov/oce/forum
*Photo by Pete Souza/White House