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MEDIA ADVISORY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TUESDAY, FEB. 4, 2014

CONTACT: Brian Long, director
NCDA&CS Public Affairs
919-707-3007

Thursday’s Ag Forum will focus on year ahead

WHO/WHAT:

The ninth annual Ag Development Forum, featuring keynote speaker Alejandro Sayago, director of corporate business development and governmental sales with John Deere. He will give an economic, policy and technology outlook for agriculture for 2014.

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler will deliver his annual State of Agriculture address, and representatives of state agencies will take part in a panel discussion about interagency cooperation for agribusiness development. In addition, Dr. Dan McChesney of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will present information about the proposed federal rule on preventive controls for animal feed.

WHEN/WHERE: Thursday, Feb. 6, 9:30 a.m.
Holshouser Building, State Fairgrounds, Raleigh
AGENDA HIGHLIGHTS*:

9:30 a.m. – Alejandro Sayago, “Precision Agriculture”

11 a.m. – “Interagency Cooperation for N.C. Agribusiness Development,” featuring John Skvarla III, secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources; Tony Tata, secretary of the Department of Transportation; Susan Fleetwood, director of business and industry development with the Department of Commerce; and Tony Almeida, senior economic adviser with the Office of the Governor

Noon – Commissioner Troxler’s State of Agriculture address

1:30 p.m. – Dr. Dan McChesney, director of the Office of Surveillance and Compliance, Center For Veterinary Medicine, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, “Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Food for Animals”

The complete agenda is online at www.ncagr.gov/agforum.

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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
Phone: (919) 707-3001; FAX: (919) 733-5047

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