U.S. Trade Representative Ronald Kirk will be a featured speaker at the 2010 Agricultural Outlook Forum on Feb. 18 in Arlington, Va.

Kirk serves as the principal trade advisor and negotiator to President Obama.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will deliver the Forum’s keynote address.

The theme of this year’s forum is “Sustainable Agriculture: The Key to Health & Prosperity.” The two-day event will feature more than 125 moderators and speakers.

While sustainable agriculture is this year’s theme, USDA’s traditional commodity supply and demand sessions will anchor the conference.

Topical sessions will address global trade, health and food safety issues, organics, renewable energy, conservation, food prices and a host of other topics.

The forum will be held at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, Va.

It begins at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18, and ends at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19.

A full roster of speakers, topics and registration is at http://www.usda.gov/oce/forum.

Plenary speeches will be Webcast after 3:30 p.m. EST on Feb. 18, and speech and PowerPoint presentations will be posted online after 6 p.m. on Feb. 19.