WASHINGTON — Sara Wyant, president of Agri-Pulse, will moderate the “Evolving Regulatory Landscape and Adoption of Precision Biotechnology Crop and Livestock Innovations” plenary session set for Feb. 21, 2019, in Arlington, Va. The session is part of the 2019 Agricultural Outlook Forum, which will be held Feb. 21-22 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott hotel in Arlington.
The plenary session will feature a panel discussion on precision biotechnology in agriculture and the role of regulations. Participants on the panel include: Governor Pete Ricketts of Nebraska; Barbara Glenn, chief executive officer of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture; Tammy Lee, c.e.o. of Recombinetics; and Jack Bobo, senior vice-president and chief communications officer of Intrexon.
The theme of the 2019 forum is “Growing locally, selling globally.” The opening plenary session also will feature keynote remarks from U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, welcoming comments from Deputy Secretary Steve Censky, and “The 2019 Economic Outlook for Agriculture” presented by Robert Johansson, chief economist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
“U.S.D.A. is committed to supporting technology and innovations that benefit U.S. farmers,” Mr. Perdue said. “The forum offers a unique platform to discuss these issues and why they matter to the agricultural sector, industry leaders, government officials and producers.”
In addition to the plenary session, the forum will feature 30 sessions with more than 90 speakers and a range of agriculture-related exhibits. Among the concurrent track sessions and topics supporting this year’s theme are: global trade trends, innovations in agriculture, developments in animal and crop biotechnology, frontiers in conservation and outlooks for food and commodity markets.
Now in its 95th year, the Agricultural Outlook Forum is the U.S.D.A.’s largest annual meeting, attracting as many as 2,000 attendees from the United States and abroad. The forum highlights key issues and timely topics affecting the agriculture sector, offering a platform for exchanging information and ideas among producers, processors, policymakers, government officials and non-governmental organizations, both foreign and domestic.
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