ESPY ANNOUNCES SITES FOR FIELD FORUMS ON FARM INCOME AND AGRICULTURAL
Washington, Aug. 13. Secretary of Agriculture Mike Espy today
announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture will hold three field
forums in September to solicit suggestions on ways to increase farm
income and agricultural exports for U.S. farmers and others in the
"At the first farm income forum earlier this month in Washington. I
said that I firmly believe that modern agricultural must stand on
two strong legs--a solid domestic farm policy and a solid
international trade policy," said Espy. "We gained valuable insights
from that forum; now I'm looking forward to hearing from participants
from around the country as we work to ensure that American
agriculture is confidently positioned for whatever the future brings.
The forums will be Sept. 8 at Arizona State University in Tempe;
Sept. 13 at Iowa State University in Ames; and Sept. 30 at North
Carolina A&T University in Greensboro. All sessions will begin at 9
a.m. local times and run until 4 p.m.
Each session will have a panel to hear participants' comments. The
panel is scheduled to include USDA officials from several agencies as
well as the under secretary of agriculture for international affairs
and commodity programs.
Individuals who would like to make a presentation are requested to
register in advance. To register for the Tempe session, contact the
Arizona State ASCS Office, (602) 640-5200, or fax (602) 640-5180.
For the Iowa session, contact the Iowa State ASCS Office, (515) 254-
1540, or fax (515) 254-1573. For the North Carolina session, contact
the North Carolina State ASCS Office, (919) 790-2957, or fax (919)
Release No. 0696.93
Steve Kinsella (202) 720-4623