A two-day EU Agricultural Outlook Conference will be held on December 1st and 2nd 2015, in Brussels and will provide an opportunity for a broad exchange of views on the state of agriculture, and the global issues that lie ahead. On the first day of the conference, Mr. Phil Hogan, EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, and Mr. Tom Vilsack, US Secretary for Agriculture, will discuss the challenges facing the farm sector.
In addition, high-level panel discussions will take place highlighting the challenge for agriculture to provide food in an environmentally sustainable way while adapting to/mitigating the effects of climate change. The functioning of the food supply chain will also be at the centre of the debates. Senior representatives of the European institutions, and leading experts from international organisations will participate in these debates.
On the second day of the conference, the Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development will present its latest projections on the outlook for EU dairy, meat and arable crop markets for the next ten years.
Some four hundred stakeholders are expected to take part in the conference. They represent EU institutions, governments and international organisations, those involved in the food chain, the socio-professional sector, market experts, academics and think tanks, and the broader civil society.
It will be possible to follow the proceedings live via web-streaming.