UPDATE: 07 ASGA Annual Meeting Register Early
American Sugarbeet Growers Association's Annual Meeting is February 4-6, 2007 in Washington DC at the JW Marriott Hotel, it is recommended that you register early and online, the website is:
This year's theme is: "Farm Bill and Trade Policy"
Saturday, February 3
6:30P-8:00P Registration-Registration Desk A
Sunday, February 4
REGISTRATION-Registration Desk A
WELCOME RECEPTION-Salon IV
Sponsored by Bayer CropScience
Monday, February 5
BREAKFAST- Salon II
GENERAL SESSION-Salon III & IV
Opening- Welcome by Steve Williams, ASGA President
Pledge of Allegiance
"The Administration's View of Sugar Policy, and Prospects in the 2007 Farm Bill"
Dr. Mark Keenum-Undersecretary for
Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services,
"Sugar Users' View of the Farm Bill"
Larry Graham-President, National
Update: Roundup Ready Sugarbeets
Tom Schwartz-Exec V.P., American
Society of Sugarbeet Technologists
Dr. Molly Cline-Sr. Director, Global
Industry Affairs, Monsanto
Dr. Charlie Baker-The Sugar Association
Dr. Charley Richard-C. Richard and
Duane Grant-Sugarbeet Grower, Rupert,
Report by the Industry's Mexico Task Force
Ray VanDriessche-Michigan Sugar
James Horvath-American Crystal Sugar
Charles Levy-Legal Counsel, Wilmer
"Challenges Facing Congress in the Current Budget Environment"
Senator Kent Conrad (ND) Chairman,
Senate Budget Committee
Tuesday, February 6
"Challenges Facing Congress and Agriculture in Trade Agreements"
Senator Max Baucus (MT) - Chairman,
Senate Finance Committee
GENERAL SESSION-Salon III & IV
"Writing the Farm Bill-A View from the House Ag Committee"
The Honorable Collin Peterson (MN) -
Chairman, House Agriculture Committee
"Commodity Views of the 2007 Farm Bill"
Ken McCauley-President, National Corn
Jaime Casteneda-Vice President, National
Milk Producers Federation
Dale Schuler-President, National
Association of Wheat Growers
"The Trade Agenda for the House Ways and Means Committee"
The Honorable Earl Pomeroy (D-ND)
WRAP UP-Steve Williams
PRESIDENT'S LUNCHEON-Salon II
Recognizing Retiring ASGA Board
Announcing Sugar Producer of the Year
RECEPTION-Salon III & IV
Sponsored by Betaseed
DINNER-Salon I & II
ENTERTAINMENT BY: "The Capitol
Sponsored by Syngenta
Speakers include Senator Baucus, MT, where he was an original co-sponsor of "The Consumer Right to Know Act of 2001," which provides country-of-origin labeling for beef, lamb, pork and perishable agricultural commodities.
Country-of-origin labeling was included in the Farm Bill Conference Report. Baucus has been a long-time promoter of fast track, also known as Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), which gives the President trade negotiating authority to open foreign markets to American agriculture products. In addition, Baucus has been a leader in successful trade negotiations to bring China into the WTO. The improved trade relations have opened the Chinese markets to U.S. products.
Hotel Reservations - Hotel reservations must be received by the JW Marriott by JANUARY 5, 2007. Please make your reservation as soon as possible, as space and the availability of our special rate is limited.
The Registration Fee is $325 for registered attendees. The fee for spouses and children over 15 is based upon events attended. Your registration and payment to ASGA MUST be POSTMARKED by January 2, 2007 in order to avoid a late fee. If your registration is postmarked AFTER January 2, 2007, the registration fee is $375.
Dinner and Entertainment on Thursday, Feb 6
The "Capitol Steps"
The Capitol Steps began as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them.
In the years that followed, many of the Steps ignored the conventional wisdom ("Don't quit your day job!"), and although not all of the current members of the Steps are former Capitol Hill staffers, taken together the performers have worked in a total of eighteen congressional offices and represent 62 years of collective House and Senate staff experience.
Since they began, the Capitol Steps have recorded 26 albums, including their latest, I'm So Indicted. They've been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC, and PBS, and can be heard 4 times a year on National Public Radio stations nationwide during their Politics Takes a Holiday radio specials.