USDA announces details of the 96th Agricultural Outlook Forum program, held February 20-21, 2020 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel, Arlington, Virginia.

The 2020 Forum is themed The Innovation Imperative: Shaping the Future of Agriculture. The Forum’s plenary panel and several breakout sessions will focus on the central role science and innovation play in driving future growth and addressing challenges facing farmers.

Speakers will highlight some of the cutting edge technologies and emerging trends and their implications for the future of agriculture. Topics include scientific advances in corporate food safety strategies, and farming practices for extreme weather uncertainties. The Forum’s program will begin with a presentation by USDA Chief Economist Robert Johansson on the Department’s outlook for U.S. commodity markets and trade for 2020 and the U.S. farm income situation.

To register for the 2020 Agricultural Outlook Forum, visit