USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service’s (AMS) will conduct its annual industry conference on February 19-20 in Arlington, Virginia.  The program focuses on providing information to contractors and commodity suppliers so they can better understand AMS’ commodity purchase and distribution program.

The first-day session of the conference will cover procurement and contracting topics. The second day includes breakout sessions for each industry group during which  commodity-specific matters will be discussed. Topics involved are the program’s direction and changes, as well as updates from other agencies involved. In addition, discussions will include contract administration and the contract close-out process. AMS encourages conference participants to provide questions prior to the meeting. The “notice to the trade” including the registration form can be viewed here.