UPDATE: 07 ASGA Annual Meeting Register Early

Published online: Jan 30, 2007 ASGA
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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: www.americansugarbeet.org This year's theme is: "Farm Bill and Trade Policy" Saturday, February 3 6:30P-8:00P Registration-Registration Desk A Sunday, February 4 8:00a-Noon/1:00p-6:00p REGISTRATION-Registration Desk A 6:00p-7:00p WELCOME RECEPTION-Salon IV Sponsored by Bayer CropScience Monday, February 5 7:30-8:45 BREAKFAST- Salon II Speaker TBD 9:00-Noon GENERAL SESSION-Salon III & IV Opening- Welcome by Steve Williams, ASGA President Color Guard Pledge of Allegiance Invocation-David Kragnes "The Administration's View of Sugar Policy, and Prospects in the 2007 Farm Bill" Dr. Mark Keenum-Undersecretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services, USDA "Sugar Users' View of the Farm Bill" Larry Graham-President, National Confectioners Assn Update: Roundup Ready Sugarbeets Tom Schwartz-Exec V.P., American Society of Sugarbeet Technologists Dr. Molly Cline-Sr. Director, Global Industry Affairs, Monsanto Ron Schneider-Monsanto Dr. Charlie Baker-The Sugar Association Dr. Charley Richard-C. Richard and Associates Duane Grant-Sugarbeet Grower, Rupert, ID Report by the Industry's Mexico Task Force Ray VanDriessche-Michigan Sugar Company James Horvath-American Crystal Sugar Company Charles Levy-Legal Counsel, Wilmer Cutler Hale 10:40-10:50 BREAK 12:30-2:00 LUNCHEON-Salon II "Challenges Facing Congress in the Current Budget Environment" Senator Kent Conrad (ND) Chairman, Senate Budget Committee Tuesday, February 6 7:30-8:45 BREAKFAST-Salon II "Challenges Facing Congress and Agriculture in Trade Agreements" Senator Max Baucus (MT) - Chairman, Senate Finance Committee 9:00-Noon GENERAL SESSION-Salon III & IV 9:10-9:30 "Writing the Farm Bill-A View from the House Ag Committee" The Honorable Collin Peterson (MN) - Chairman, House Agriculture Committee 9:30-11:00 "Commodity Views of the 2007 Farm Bill" Ken McCauley-President, National Corn Growers Association Jaime Casteneda-Vice President, National Milk Producers Federation Dale Schuler-President, National Association of Wheat Growers Representative-TBD-American Soybean Association 11:30-11:50 "The Trade Agenda for the House Ways and Means Committee" The Honorable Earl Pomeroy (D-ND) 11:45-Noon WRAP UP-Steve Williams 12:15-2:30 PRESIDENT'S LUNCHEON-Salon II Speaker TBD Recognizing Retiring ASGA Board Members Announcing Sugar Producer of the Year 6:00-7:00 RECEPTION-Salon III & IV Sponsored by Betaseed 7:00-9:00 DINNER-Salon I & II ENTERTAINMENT BY: "The Capitol Steps" 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. www.capitolsteps.com www.americansugarbeet.org