Prominent national leaders in agriculture will meet in San Antonio, Oct. 27 and 28 for the “Latinos in Agriculture: A Leaders Forum on Capitalizing Hispanic Talent”.

The event will be held at the El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel and will bring together industry, education and government to explore ways on how to improve Latino representation in agriculture and related industries.

The conference will consider the rapidly changing demographics in the United States and the low numbers of Hispanic students entering agriculture. The event will highlight solutions to future talent needs in agriculture and steps to building the educational pipeline of future Latino leaders.

A partial list of presenters at the forum include:

Steve Murdock – professor at Rice University and former director for the U.S. Bureau of the Census

Abel Maldonado, farmer and politician and former Lieutenant Governor of California

Orlando Gil, president of TCTS Global, LLC

Sandra Cortez, student program manager for USDA-HSI National Program Office

Ruby de la Garza, USDA-HSI, regional director, Texas

Angelo Mancuso, Producer and Film Director – “American Harvest”

Edward Avalos, Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs – USDA

Edward Romero, founder and manager – AgForLife, LLC

Miley Gonzalez, emeritus professor, New Mexico State University. Dean, Graduate School, Center for Tropical Agriculture Research & Higher Education, Costa Rica.

Irma Lawrence, national program leader, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA.

Roel Lopez, associate director, Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources, San Antonio Office.

The event is hosted by AgForLife, LLC and TCTS Global, LLC.

Forum sponsors are: Vance Publishing, the USDA – Hispanic Serving Institutions National Program office, Capital Farm Credit, Monsanto and Elanco

To attend the event you can register online by visiting the registration page on the Latinos in Agriculture website.