As reported by Reuters on Jan. 9, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's supply/demand report on Jan. 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 Feb. 8-9 in Charlotte, N.C.

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

For the full program and registration, visit http://www.cropworld-northamerica.com.

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 percent 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.