The Department of Agriculture Thursday opened registration for its 2020 Agricultural Outlook Forum. Planned for February 20-21 next year, the event is the largest annual meeting of USDA. The 2020 event, themed “The Innovation Imperative: Shaping the Future of Agriculture,” will feature more than 30 sessions. The topics include innovations in agriculture, global trade trends, food loss and waste, conservation, and the science of food safety. USDA’s Chief Economist will unveil the outlook for U.S. commodity markets and trade in 2020 and discuss the U.S. farm income situation. USDA’s Agricultural Outlook Forum began in 1923 to distribute and interpret national forecasts to farmers in the field. The goal was to provide the information developed through economic forecasting to farmers so they had the tools to read market signals and avoid producing beyond demand. USDA says the event will be at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, Virginia. The 2020 Forum’s program will be announced at the beginning of November. Registration information is available at usda.gov.