The 23rd annual Arizona Agribusiness Forum will focus on The New Food Economy and will be held on Nov. 20 at the University of Arizona’s (UA) Thomas W. Keating Bioresearch Building, BIO5 Conference Room 103, Tucson, Ariz.

The program will include keynote speakers, panel discussions, and student presentations that address food policies, changing structure of U.S. food demand, biotechnology and nutrition, research funding opportunities, and an outlook on Arizona's economy.

Students enrolled in the UA Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics Ag Policy class will provide short presentations after lunch outlining possible policy actions to address specific case study and/or environmental situations.

A tour of the BIO5 Research Facility will be available in the afternoon following the keynote luncheon address.

The registration cost is $80 before Nov. 3 and $100 after; students pay $35. The fee includes lunch, refreshments, and the tour. Reserved parking is $5 for the day.

For more information on the Forum, go online to http://cals.arizona.edu/arec/dept/agbusforum2008.html, or contact Russ Tronstad, UA Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, (520) 621-2425 or tronstad@ag.arizona.edu.