The morning will consist of two panel sessions on the Future of Agriculture, hosted by agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack. Speaking on the first panel will be administrator for the US Agency for International Development Rajiv Shah; president of the Produce Marketing Association Cathy Burns; and Kellee James, founder and CEO of Mercaris, a market trading platform for organic agricultural commodities. The second panel will focus on young farmers and include some of the country’s leading producers.
The afternoon will feature a session on women in agriculture, followed by a look at the 2014 Agricultural & Foreign Trade Outlooks, delivered by USDA chief economist Joseph Glauber. The forum dinner speaker will be US Trade Representative Michael Froman.
Additionally, more than 95 experts in the fields of international trade, forestry, conservation, invasive pests and citrus disease, nanotechnology, social media, local food systems, and food safety will take place in the 29 scheduled break-out sessions.