Mark your calendars, food policy wonks: Edward Avalos, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs, has been announced as the closing keynote speaker at the Farm to Table International Symposium Aug. 4 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.
Now in its second year, the Farm to Table Symposium (aka "F2Ti") aims to bring together leading practitioners in the farm-to-table movement for discussion of key issues including sustainable seafood and urban farming. Hosted by the Southern Food and Beverage Museum and the LSU AgCenter, the symposium's workshops, film screenings and panel discussions run between Aug. 2-4.
Avalos is expected to address the Farm Bill and its impact on small farmers, regional food systems and organic agriculture, as well as his efforts to increase "buy local" movements in communities across the country.
For the full symposium schedule and to register, click here.