USDA 2012 Ag Outlook Forum

Jan 20, 2012
by WLJ

USDA’s 2012 Agricultural Outlook Forum, Feb. 23-24, will present 25 breakout sessions, including the international trade-focused sessions: “Export Opportunities and Competition in Brazil, Russia, India, and China (BRIC) Countries” and “Trends in Agricultural Development & Trade in the Americas.”

In the BRIC-focused session, the individual topics and speakers are: William Westman of the American Meat Institute addresses Growth in China’s Domestic Meat Consumption and Implications for Trade. Rip Landes with USDA’s Economic Research Service discusses India’s Food Price Inflation: Is Demand Outpacing Policy? Seneri Kern beis

Paludo, executive director of the Federacao da Agricultura e Pecuaria do Estado de Mato Grosso, will cover Domestic Consumption’s Impact on Export Potential in Brazil. Eric Trachtenberg of McLarty Associates will discuss Russia: Looking Back, Looking Forward.

In the Trends in Agricultural Development & Trade in the Americas, the focus turns to our North and South American neighbors and includes: Perspectives on Agriculture and Rural Development in Latin America and the Caribbean by Victor M. Villalobos, director general, Inter- American Institute for Cooperation of Agriculture.