"The Symposium on the Future of Agriculture began three years ago with the backing of the late U.S. Sen. Paul Coverdell," said Gale Buchanan, dean of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. "We are grateful that Sen. Zell Miller will carry on the tradition, by participating in this year's event and conducting a Congressional field hearing."
The symposium is geared toward producers, policy makers, national producer organizations, commodity organizations and academic, environmental and consumer organizations.
"The symposium is designed to bring together experts from the nation's best agricultural institutions and industry to define the current status of agriculture, identify the issues we are facing and to search for solutions," Buchanan said.
During the symposium, speakers from around the country, including farmers, producers, academics and policy makers, will craft a portrait of the future of American agriculture from their perspectives. The session concludes with a Congressional field hearing moderated by Sen. Zell Miller (D-GA).
"We hope that through this symposium, those in attendance will get a clearer picture of the future of American agriculture and will help define the issues for Congress as they continue to formulate the next farm bill and other legislation pertaining to agriculture," Buchanan said.
The symposium will be held at the Georgia Center for Continuing
Education. To register by telephone call either 1-800-884-1381
or (706) 542-2134. To register on-line visit:
The Symposium on the Future of American Agriculture is hosted by the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
(Faith Peppers is the director of public affairs with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)