The discussion begins at noon at Pilgrim Congregational Church, located at 2118 S. Third Ave. in Bozeman. It is free and open to all.
Smith will discuss likely changes to farm policies, including termination of direct payments, adjusting price supports, reducing the scope of the Conservation Reserve program, revisiting the ethanol use mandate.
Smith is currently a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and serves as a consultant on domestic and international agricultural issues to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, USDA and other agencies.
The Friday Forum is sponsored by Wonderlust, a lifelong learning group affiliated with MSU's Extended University. Audience members are encouraged to bring lunch while sponsors will provide coffee and cookies. For more information on Wonderlust, visit http://eu.montana.edu/wonderlust
Marilyn Jarvis, MSU Extended University, (406) 994-6683 or firstname.lastname@example.org