LOUISIANA FARMERS and agribusiness leaders at the 2005 AgOutlook Conference Jan. 12-13 in Baton Rouge, La., will address ways to keep the state's agriculture and forestry competitive.

The conference is an outgrowth of what was originally called an Ag Crisis Summit in 2003 and then continued addressing the future of agriculture in a similar meeting in 2004.

The 2005 event has the theme of “Keeping Louisiana's Agriculture and Forestry Competitive.” It will be held at the Cook Conference Center and Hotel on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge.

The 2005 AgOutlook Conference will feature a variety of national and international experts in foreign trade, agricultural policy and commodity futures.

It will open with a reception from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., Jan. 12, at the Lod Cook Alumni Center on the LSU campus and continue with a full day of educational sessions and discussions on Jan. 13.

There is no fee for participating in the conference, but advance registration is required. Registration details, hotel information and directions are available on the Web at www.lsuagcenter.com/2005agoutlook. Additional information also may be obtained by phoning Jamie Segar at 225-578-0388 or by e-mailing jsegar@agcenter.lsu.edu.

The conference is sponsored by the LSU AgCenter, Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation and the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry.