American Agri-Women invites members of the media and all interested parties to attend their 16th Annual Agricultural Issues Symposium on Monday, June 8, 2009, at the USDA in Washington, D.C.

"Energy: The Power to be Affordable and Reliable" is the title of the symposium, a timely subject in the face of rising energy costs. We have chosen to address reliable and affordable energy for our nation with a focus on the agricultural industry. Rising energy costs add to producers' inputs which means less profitability for their products. At this end of the food and fiber chain, costs are not added to the selling prices of the commodities unless producers have their own value-added businesses. The economic strength of the US is provided by our country's energy resources and our affordable energy and food costs, which makes this an important topic to discuss.

The symposium will be held in Room 107-A of the Jamie Whitten Administration Building at 12th and Independence Avenue from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The public is welcome.

In addition to the symposium, leaders of American Agri-Women (AAW) from throughout the country will meet in Washington, D.C., the week of June 8 for the organization's fly-in. During the week, the group will meet with officials at the US Department of Agriculture, the US Department of Homeland Security, and with members of Congress.

AAW is the national coalition of farm, ranch and agribusiness women's organizations, with over 50 state and commodity affiliate organizations.