The convening of the Agricultural Outlook Conference and the launching of agricultural outlook report are significant means of releasing the agricultural market information authoritatively, and important initiatives to improve China’s status in the international agricultural market. This has become common practices of many countries and international organizations. China has convened Agricultural Outlook Conference (AOC) and launched China Agricultural Outlook Report for the past four consecutive years since 2014. In a bid to promote the agricultural supply-side structural reform, strengthen the leading role played by market information in agricultural development, and restructure and upgrade agriculture sector, the "2018 China Agricultural Outlook Conference" will be held in Beijing, from 20-21 April, 2018. This event, sponsored by Market Early Warning Expert Committee of Ministry of Agriculture, will be hosted by Agricultural Information Institute of Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences.
Releasing China Agricultural Outlook Report. The conference will release China Agricultural Outlook (2018-2027), analyze the market situation and project the market trend.
Specialized presentation by commodity. Reports and presentations will forecast the agricultural supply and demand situation in 2018, covering rice, wheat, maize, soybean, cotton, oilseed, sugar, vegetable, fruit, meat, poultry eggs, dairy products, fish products, feed, etc.
Deliberation on hot topics in rural and agricultural development. AOC will organize seminars on pressing topics relating to China's agricultural development, including rural vitalization, agricultural supply-side structural reform, E-commerce, agricultural big data, agricultural product price and farmers' income, agriculture futures and insurance, international trade and investment, agricultural resources and environment, agricultural science and technology innovation.
The AOC is expected to draw some 1,000 participants.
Officials of agricultural departments of provinces (autonomous regions and municipalities under the central government).
Officials of relevant departments of the Ministry of Agriculture and other ministries and commissions.
Relevant experts and scholars engaged in agricultural monitoring and early warning, agricultural outlook, economic analysis and information analysis from relevant research institutes and universities.
Representatives of new types of agricultural operators such as family farm, farmers' cooperatives and flagship agricultural enterprises.
Representatives of industrial associations, agribusinesses and consulting agencies.
Employees of agricultural finance, securities and futures.
Agricultural experts and representatives of international organizations and other countries.