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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THURSDAY, JAN. 22, 2009

CONTACT:

Brian Long, director
NCDA&CS Public Affairs

(919) 733-4216, ext. 242

Forum to focus on economy’s effects on agriculture

Fourth annual event is Feb. 5 at State Fairgrounds

RALEIGH – The economic outlook for agriculture will be the focus of the 2009 Ag Development Forum on Thursday, Feb. 5, at the State Fairgrounds.

Economist Michael Walden of N.C. State University will be the featured speaker at the forum, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Holshouser Building. Walden will offer insights on how the economy will affect agriculture in North Carolina and the United States this year.

The forum also will feature a panel of experts talking about the credit outlook for farmers. In addition, Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler will deliver his first-ever State of Agriculture address.

Farmers, agribusiness professionals and others interested in farm policy are invited. Admission is free, and lunch will be provided. Registration is requested. To register, go to www.ncagr.gov/agforum.

The forum is sponsored by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Carolina Farm Credit and Cape Fear Farm Credit.

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NCDA&CS Public Affairs Division, Brian Long, Director
Mailing Address:1001 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1001
Physical Address: 2 West Edenton Street, Raleigh NC 27601
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