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USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum

Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 8:30am to Friday, February 26, 2016 - 5:30pm

USDA’s 92nd Agricultural Outlook Forum will be held February 25-26, 2016 in Arlington, Virginia. USDA’s outlook forum is attended by thousands of agricultural stakeholders—producers, policymakers, and agricultural officials—from around the world. The theme for this year's forum is "Transforming Agriculture: Blending Technology and Tradition." The challenges and opportunities for agriculture and rural America are changing. In 2015, American farmers persevered in the face of drought and an unprecedented animal disease outbreak. Demographics are also changing in rural America and across farm households. Meanwhile, technology is rapidly opening new applications for producers and throughout the marketing chain, and new markets are emerging for U.S. agricultural products. USDA continues to seek out new and innovative ways to expand opportunity and provide support for America's farming families, and that mission will form the basis for the 92nd Agricultural Outlook Forum.

OTA’s CEO/Executive Director Laura Batcha will moderate the following session as part of the "Transforming the Rural Economy" track:

“The Outlook for Organic Agriculture”  
Thursday, February 25, 1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
As organic agriculture has grown and become a mainstream part of American agriculture, the need for market information and market outlook has also grown. USDA is increasing its support for organic market news and organic market outlook. This session highlights the outlook for organic producers and the challenges of supplying organic consumer markets. 

To connect with OTA at the forum, please contact Laura.