The Forum will open February 16 and the Official Program will begin February 18, at 8:00 a.m. ET
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The official Forum program will begin February 18, at 8:00 a.m. ET
The 2021 Agricultural Outlook Forum is now open! Take advantage of the early opportunity to tour the virtual environment and familiarize yourself with the features before the official program begins Thursday, February 18 at 8:00 a.m. ET. All presentations will be available on-demand for 12-months following the event.
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How to Access the Forum if you missed registration
Registration for the Forum is now closed. Starting Thursday, February 18 at 7:30 a.m. virtual “on-site” registration will be available on this page.
The Agricultural Outlook Forum (AOF) is USDA’s oldest and largest annual gathering.
The 2021 Forum, themed “Building on Innovation: A Pathway to Resilience,” builds on USDA’s Agriculture Innovation Agenda, launched last year to align USDA’s resources, programs, and research toward the goal of increasing U.S. agricultural production by 40 percent while cutting the environmental footprint of U.S. agriculture in half by 2050. The Forum program will focus on the central role science and innovation have played in helping the agricultural sector overcome challenges and build resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Forum will feature a panel of distinguished guest speakers and 30 breakout sessions developed by agencies across USDA. Topics covered include the food price outlook, innovations in agriculture, U.S. and global agricultural trade developments, and frontiers in sustainability and conservation. In addition, the USDA Chief Economist will unveil the Department’s latest outlook for U.S. commodity markets and trade and discuss the U.S. farm income situation.
About USDA’s Outlook Forum
USDA’s Agricultural Outlook Forum began in 1923 to distribute and interpret national forecasts to farmers in the field. The goal was to provide the information developed through economic forecasting to farmers, so they had the tools to read market signals and avoid producing beyond demand. Since then, the Forum has developed into a unique platform where key stakeholders from the agricultural sector in the United States and around the world come together every year to discuss current and emerging topics and trends in the sector. On average, 1,600 people attend the Forum each year.
The Forum, which is organized by USDA’s Office of the Chief Economist together with other USDA agencies, is independent of commercial interests and aims to facilitate information sharing among stakeholders and generate the transparency that leads to well-functioning open markets.
The Forum offers opportunities for exchanging ideas, information and best practices among producers, processors, policymakers, government officials, and non-governmental organizations, both domestic and foreign.