A historic gathering of former USDA secretaries is set for the agency’s 2012 Agricultural Outlook Forum Feb. 23-24, in Arlington, Va.

 Current USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack will moderate the panel of former secretaries invited to speak on “Agriculture: Visions of the Future.” At least six of the last eight secretaries will participate.

 Vilsack also will deliver the keynote address at USDA’s annual meeting titled “Moving Agriculture Forward,” as USDA observes its 150th anniversary. The forum will provide USDA’s agricultural economic outlook and the commodity supply and demand outlooks.

 Twenty-five breakout sessions with more than 80 speakers will focus on a broad range of issues related to agriculture and global food security; foreign trade, financial markets and economic development; food safety; and next generation farmers, among others.

 Full registration for the two-day package is $375 per person; one-day registration plans are available. Registration fees increase as of Jan. 23. For more information and to register, go to http://1.usa.gov/cPKpGZ.