Secretary Vilsack also is slated to moderate a second panel, the “Future of Agriculture: Young Farmers – Unlimited Opportunities” to explore the challenges, sustainability, and achievements of today’s young farmers. Panelists include: Joanna Carraway, Top Producer Horizon Award; Michael O’Gorman, Executive Director, Farmer Veteran Coalition; Greg Wegis, National Outstanding Young Farmer Award; and Emily Oakley, Interim Director, National Young Farmers Coalition.
At the plenary’s close, Secretary Vilsack will share preliminary data on the 2012 Agricultural Census, giving an overview of the number of farms, land in farms, value of sales, and demographics.
The Forum’s dinner speaker will be Ambassador Michael Froman, who as the U.S. Trade Representative works to open global markets for U.S. goods and services, enforce America’s rights in the global trading system, and foster development through trade.
A program schedule for the 2-day annual event and registration are available at www.usda.gov/oce/forum.