Members of the media and all interested parties are invited to attend the 16th Annual Agricultural Issues Symposium on Monday, June 9, 2008, at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

“Who’s Feeding the Hysteria? Finding the sensible in sensationalized issues” is the title of the 2008 AAW Agricultural Issues Symposium, a timely subject in the face of high energy costs and also in how the public perceives the use of biotechnology. What is the truth and how does agriculture get its message to the public? How can we help the public understand how the use of biofuels affects the price of a gallon of fuel? How can agriculture communicate how biotechnology is increasing food production and the nutritional value of foods? These and other issues will be discussed.

Speakers will be announced within the week.

The Symposium will be held in Room 107-A of the Jamie Whitten Administration Building at 12th and Independence Avenue from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. The public is welcome.

Leaders of American Agri-Women (AAW) from throughout the country will meet in Washington, DC, the week of June 9 for the organization’s annual Washington, DC, Agricultural Issues Symposium and Fly-in. During the week, the group will meet with officials at the US Department of Agriculture, the US Department of Homeland Security, and with members of Congress.

American Agri-Women is the nation’s largest coalition of farm, ranch and agribusiness women, with 50 state, commodity, agribusiness affiliate organizations and collegiate chapters throughout the country. AAW is a volunteer organization, working to provide true information about agriculture to the public since 1974.

For more information, contact Marcie Williams, President, president@americanagriwomen.org, or visit the web site at www.americanagriwomen.org.