LONDON, ENGLAND - As reported by Reuters on January 9, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's supply/demand report on January 12, will take on greater significance after the U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization reported that global food prices last month had eclipsed their previous peak from 2008.

Katherine R. Smith, Administrator of the United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service and Dr. Josef Schmidhuber, Senior Policy Advisor from the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations will provide an in-depth forecast analysis incorporating the implications of rising food prices at CropWorld North America 2011, a two-day conference which will co-locate with InformEx USA on February 8-9 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

An international speaker panel which includes government representatives, industry associations, crop protection experts, seed manufacturers, academic thought leaders and food industry specialists will also present, offering critical intelligence on contentious issues such as the GM market, the impact of regulatory developments and the future outlook for the agrochemicals market.

- Jay Vroom, President, CropLife America

- Julie Borlaug, Assistant Director of Partnerships, Norman Borlaug

Institute for International Agriculture, Texas A&M Agriculture

- Corey Huck, Head of US Commercial Operations, Syngenta

- Honorable Steve Owens, Assistant Administrator, Office of Chemical

Safety and Pollution Prevention, EPA

- Daren Coppock, President and CEO, Agricultural Retailers Association

- Marv Wilson, Director of Business Operations, DuPont Agricultural
Biotechnology Group, Pioneer

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CropWorld North America 2011 is the third regional event in the CropWorld Regional series and makes its debut in February. Last year, CropWorld India and CropWorld South America were sell-out conferences and this year, the CropWorld brand is expected to extend its reach to Asia Pacific as well. CropWorld Global, the flagship CropWorld conference and exhibition held in London, UK reported a 100% growth in attendance in 2010 compared year on year. Previously the BCPC Congress and Exhibition, this event is now one of the leaders within the worldwide crop production industry.

CropWorld is organised by UBM, a leading global business media company. UBM informs markets and brings the world's buyers and sellers together through events, online news services and in print and provide them with the information they need to do business successfully. UBM focuses on serving professional commercial communities, from agriculture and aviation to construction and food ingredients.

Source: CropWorld