The theme of this year’s forum is “The Roots of Prosperity.”
This year’s forum’s distinguished speaker is Akinwumi Adesina, president of the African Development Bank. Adesina recently was named the 2017 World Food Prize Laureate. Mehmood Khan, vice-chairman and chief scientific officer at PepsiCo, Inc., is scheduled to speak at dinner on the first day of the forum.
The plenary session also will feature agriculture industry professionals involved in production, finance, marketing, input supplies and trade. Presenters include James C. Collins Jr., chief operating officer for the Agriculture Division at DowDuPont; Celia Gould, director for the Idaho State Department of Agriculture; Bill Lovette, president and chief executive officer at Pilgrim’s; and Joe Stone, senior vice-president at Cargill.
In addition to the plenary presentations, the forum will feature 30 sessions with more than 90 speakers and a host of agriculture-related exhibits. Among the concurrent track sessions and topics supporting this year’s theme are international markets, trade, and agricultural policies here and abroad for Brazil, Sub-Saharan Africa, and China; rural broadband; responding to hurricane disasters; animal disease outbreak preparedness; food safety; right sizing regulation; and the annual commodity outlooks and luncheons.This will be the 94th annual Agricultural Outlook Forum. For more details click here.