WASHINGTON — J. Christopher Giancarlo, chairman of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), will speak at the annual dinner of USDA’s 95th Agricultural Outlook Forum. The forum is USDA’s largest annual meeting and will take place Feb. 21-22 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, Va.

Giancarlo was unanimously confirmed as CFTC chairman in August 2017, after serving as acting chairman and as a CFTC Commissioner since 2014. The Commission is the federal agency that regulates commodity futures markets and protects market participants against fraud, manipulation, and abusive trading practices. Prior to his tenure at CFTC, Giancarlo served as an executive in financial services and information technology, and practiced law with firms in New York and London. He has written and spoken extensively on public policy and legal matters on technology and the financial markets.

Last week, USDA announced that Minister Lawrence MacAulay of Canada and Secretary Victor Villalobos Arambula of Mexico will join U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue for the forum’s keynote address on Feb. 21. The plenary session will mark the first time the three ministers have spoken jointly at a public forum since the signing of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) in November 2018.

This year’s Agricultural Outlook Forum is themed “Growing Locally, Selling Globally.” The forum highlights current issues and trends affecting agricultural production and global markets. The gathering encourages the exchange of ideas, information, and best practices among producers, processors, policymakers, government officials, and nongovernmental organizations, both domestic and foreign. Concurrent sessions explore topics such as global trade trends, innovations in agriculture, developments in animal and crop biotechnology, frontiers in conservation, and outlooks for food and commodity markets. An exhibit hall will showcase resources from USDA agencies and private organizations. Last year, nearly 1,600 stakeholders attended the forum.

Register today for the 2019 Agricultural Outlook Forum. Follow the conversation at #AgOutlook on USDA’s Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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