Speakers will include William Lyons, secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture; John Ikerd, professor emeritus of Agricultural Economics, University of Missouri; Vernon Parker, assistant secretary of agriculture for Civil Rights; and Ross Davidson, Risk Management Agency administrator.

The conference will be for individuals and public and private organizations that work with small and limited resource farmers and ranchers. Attendees will learn how to identify, develop and promote successful risk management strategies to help agricultural producers remain economically viable in a rapidly changing agricultural environment.

Registration is $300. For an agenda and complete registration and conference information go to http://www.rma.usda.gov or call Isabelle Howes, conference coordinator at (202) 314-4713.

The meeting will be held at the Hyatt Regency Islandia Hotel, 1441 Quivira Road, San Diego.

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