U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman,along with speakers from around the country, will address thethird annual Symposium on the Future of American Agriculture:Southern Region, Aug. 16-17 on the University of Georgia campusin Athens, Ga.”The Symposium on the Future of Agriculture began three yearsago with the backing of the late U.S. Sen. Paul Coverdell,”said Gale Buchanan, dean of the UGA College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences. “We are grateful that Sen. Zell Millerwill carry on the tradition, by participating in this year’s eventand conducting a Congressional field hearing.”The symposium is geared toward producers, policy makers, nationalproducer organizations, commodity organizations and academic,environmental and consumer organizations. “The symposium is designed to bring together experts fromthe nation’s best agricultural institutions and industry to definethe current status of agriculture, identify the issues we arefacing and to search for solutions,” Buchanan said.During the symposium, speakers from around the country, includingfarmers, producers, academics and policy makers, will craft aportrait of the future of American agriculture from their perspectives.The session concludes with a Congressional field hearing moderatedby Sen. Zell Miller (D-GA). “We hope that through this symposium, those in attendancewill get a clearer picture of the future of American agricultureand will help define the issues for Congress as they continueto formulate the next farm bill and other legislation pertainingto agriculture,” Buchanan said.The symposium will be held at the Georgia Center for ContinuingEducation. To register by telephone call either 1-800-884-1381or (706) 542-2134. To register on-line visit: http://www.gactr.uga.edu/conferences/2001/Aug/16/caes_symposium.phtmlThe Symposium on the Future of American Agriculture is hostedby the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.