Dairy Forum 2012, which will take place Jan. 15-18, 2012 at La Quinta Resort and Club in La Quinta, Calif., will take a big picture look at the geopolitics of food thanks to influential thought leaders bringing a fresh perspective to the changes to food supply and demand.

Keynote speaker, Dan Glickman, former agriculture secretary and co-chair of Agree, a Washington, D.C.-based initiative that brings together a diverse group of interests to transform U.S. food and agriculture policy, will provide an overview of the new geopolitics of food and agriculture.

The forum program, which is hosted by the International Dairy Foods Association, Washington, D.C., will also focus on how the industry defines dairy’s role in the international environment. Experts from a cross section of disciplines will lead lively discussions on trade and nutrition policy in a global marketplace, the role of technology in meeting the demand for food and the impact of energy and water on agriculture and food production. Anil Gupta and Haiyan Wang, global strategists and co-authors of Getting China and India Right, will provide insights on how to do business in these two diverse and dynamic markets.

In addition, there will be sessions to discuss dairy policy, the 2012 Farm Bill and the upcoming general election. Stuart Rothenberg, editor and publisher of The Rothenberg Report and a columnist with Roll Call, will share his analysis of the upcoming elections.

To register for the Dairy Forum or to check out the agenda and sessions, go to www.idfa.org.