"A Conversation with the Secretaries"
It was a historic sight, the gathering of seven former secretaries of agriculture in person, and one by video, for a roundtable discussion during the Food and Agricultural Policy Summit, hosted by Farm Journal and Farm Foundation on Dec. 3, 2008.
Farm Journal Forum
The new Obama Administration inherits some major challenges as it tackles improving America's infrastructure and transportation system, says Ken Eriksen, Informa Economics transportation specialist.
Increasing demand for livestock products, solving global trade problems and reforming immigration are just a few of the challenges facing the U.S. livestock industry. Listen to Chandler Keys, of JBS Swift, as he discusses the many problem areas engulfing industry
Next month, the Obama administration will take control of the White House. Who will President-Elect Barack Obama choose to head up the United States Department of Agriculture?
After a year of record highs and enormous drops in agricultural prices, forecasting the future for commodity prices is no small feat, says Joe Glauber, USDA Chief Economist. Glauber spoke
As the current administration prepares to transition into the next, Chuck Conner, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, provides some perspective on the current challenges and opportunities within U.S. agriculture.
U.S. farmers will plant around 90 million acres of corn in 2009 and cut back a bit on wheat, according to USDA chief economist Joe Glauber. Soybean sowings would be stable next year, he said. Glauber said at a conference sponsored by Farm Journal magazine that grain and soybean prices would remain volatile because of tight supplies. He pointed to the recent decline in ammonia prices as one of the reasons favoring corn over soybeans in some regions of the country for 2009.
A Word from the Sponsors
FJ Forum: Farmers Can Produce More, While Conserving More
by Sara Muri
Brett Begemann, Monsanto Executive Vice President, Global Commercial, discusses the challenges farmers are facing how they can overcome these challenges.
FJ Forum: The Future of U.S. Soybean Production
by Sara Muri
Jim Stillman, Vice Chair of the USB Domestic Marketing Committee, discusses the future of soybean production, in the terms of food and fuel.
Farm Foundation: The 30-Year Challenge
Consumer Demands Steer Food System
by Sara Muri
Consumer wishes and wants travel quickly up and down the food chain and can drastically alter the entire food system.
The 30-Year Challenge
by Jeanne Bernick
Over the next 30 years, agriculture will be challenged to provide food, fiber and energy to a world population projected to increase by 9 billion people. This is no small challenge, and one that will require dramatic changes in agricultural policy and private industry, says Neilson Conklin, Farm Foundation president.
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