WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has opened registration for the 2021 Agricultural Outlook Forum, to be held virtually for the first time.

Registration is free for the Feb. 18-19, 2021, event, themed "Building on Innovation: A Pathway to Resilience." The forum will feature a panel of 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.

USDA’s Agricultural Outlook Forum began in 1923 to distribute and interpret national forecasts to farmers in the field, making this the 97th annual forum. More than 1,800 people attended the 2020 Agricultural Outlook Forum. The event moves to virtual for the first time due to COVID-19 restrictions on large gatherings in Washington.

The 2021 Forum’s program will be announced in early December. Visit https://www.usda.gov/oce/ag-outlook-forum to register.

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