• General
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  • Program Committee
  • Organizing Committee
  • Venue
  • Dates & Times
  • Accommodations
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  • Tourist Information
Program Information Registration
  • Fees, Dates, Confirmation, Cancellation
  • Forms
last update: April 13, 1999

For additional information, please contact Terry Holland (tholland@nass.usda.gov)
USDA/NASS - International Programs Office, Room 4112 - South Building, Washington DC 20250-2013 USA
phone: (001) 202-690-4655, fax: (001) 202-690-1311.



The health and wealth of a nation and its potential to develop and grow depend upon its ability to feed its people. Accurate timely statistics about the source and availability of basic agricultural supplies are essential. In recent years, world economies have become increasingly interdependent, and the globalization of economic activities has increased the need for statistics about agriculture.

Agricultural Statistics 2000 will focus on future needs for agricultural statistics and the requirements for statistical and technological development to meet those needs. The program will feature invited papers and open discussions.


The official language of the conference is English. Translators will not be provided.


The Development Data Group of The World Bank will host a reception for conference participants.

International Program Committee

Local Organizing Committee

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Program Information

Invited Paper Sessions

The basic conference program will consist of six half-day sessions devoted to five specific topics:

Each session will include presentations of five or six invited papers, will have comments from an invited discussant, and will allow time for general discussion of the issues raised.

Invited papers will be posted to the conference website when they are received by the organizing committee. Available papers will be highlighted on and may be accessed through the current list of invited papers.

Contributed Papers

In addition to the basic program, contributed papers may be submitted by any conference participant who pays the registration fee. Such papers will be published in the conference proceedings and provided to appropriate program session discussants for comment. Due to time constraints, there will be no presentation of contributed papers.

Contributed papers must be written in English with a maximum published length of two pages. Final manuscripts for contributed papers must reach the organizing committee by February 1, 1998.

If you are interested in contributing a paper, please indicate the title and suggested session on the registration form. Instructions for preparing and submitting the manuscript will be sent to the e-mail address, fax number or mailing address indicated on your registration. You may also obtain these instructions under "Instructions for Authors and Discussants" below.

Instructions for Authors and Discussants

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The conference will be held at:

The Holiday Inn Rosslyn Westpark is located in Arlington, Virginia, one block north of the Rosslyn Metro Station, and only 3 miles from National Airport. The hotel is just across the Key Bridge from historic Georgetown and many fine international restaurants.

Parking is complimentary for hotel guests and meeting attendees.

A welcoming reception on the evening of March 18 will be held at:

The World Bank is located near the Farragut West Metro Station, just two stops east of the Rosslyn Station on the Blue or the Orange line.

Dates & Times

The conference will be held Wednesday, March 18 through Friday, March 20, 1998. Sessions will begin at 9:00 a.m. each day.

The conference registration desk will be open on Tuesday, March 17 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm for the convenience of attendees arriving at the hotel on that day. The registration desk will open again on Wednesday, March 18 at 7:00 am.

The reception at The World Bank will be held on Wednesday, March 18 starting at 6:00 pm.


Conference participants are responsible for making their own hotel arrangements.

The Holiday Inn Rosslyn Westpark Hotel has a block of rooms reserved for those who identify themselves as Agricultural Statistics 2000 conference participants. The rate is $124 inclusive per room per night, single or double occupancy. The $124 rate will apply for an extended stay. To ensure your room, please make your reservation by March 2, 1998.

To make reservations, call the hotel at (001) 703-807-2000 or use the hotel reservation form that will be sent with your conference confirmation package. You can also print a copy of the hotel reservation form to fax or mail directly to the Holiday Inn Rosslyn Westpark Hotel.

Passports & Visas

Generally, a citizen of a foreign country who wishes to enter the United States must obtain a visitor visa from the U.S. Embassy or Consulate with jurisdiction over their permanent residence. Citizens of Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Brunei, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, San Marino, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and United Kingdom may qualify for a visa waiver if they 1) have a valid passport issued by one of these countries, 2) seek entry for 90 days or less as a temporary visitor, 3) have a return ticket issued by a carrier that has signed an agreement with the U.S. government to participate in the waiver program, 4) have proof of financial solvency, and, 5) agree to waive the right to appeal the determination made by an Immigration Officer as to the visitor's admissibility.

For more information, contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate, or visit the U.S. State Department website.

Tourist Information

Washington, D.C. is a city of museums, monuments and so much more. Even though no special tours are planned in conjunction with the conference, we hope you will take the opportunity to absorb some of the history and culture in our nation's capital. The following websites may help you plan some interesting and exciting activities for your free time during your visit to the city and surrounding areas.

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General Registration Information

The conference registration fee is $150, which includes conference materials, three continental breakfasts, three luncheons and all breaks. Please note that there is a late registration fee ($175) for any registrations received after January 15, 1998.

All payments must be in U.S. dollars. Payment may be made by check, money order, U.S. Government Purchase Order, or credit card -- Mastercard, Visa, American Express or Diners Club accepted.

A confirmation letter will be mailed upon receipt of both the registration form and your payment.

Cancellations must be received in writing by March 9 to avoid being billed. Substitutions may be made at any time.

If you have questions about registration, contact Isabelle Howes (isabelle_howes@grad.usda.gov) at
Graduate School-USDA, 600 Maryland Avenue SW - Room 142(IH), Washington DC 20024 USA
phone: (001) 202-314-3471, fax: (001)202-479-6801.

Registration Forms

E-mail Registration

Printable Registration Form (PDF Format) -- print using the free Adobe Acrobat Reader
Printable Registration Form (TXT Format) -- print using your browser's print command

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