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Agribusiness Conference, Feb. 10, focuses on commodity
markets, macroeconomic forces, economic politics of climate change
Jan. 4, 2009 --
The 16th annual Arkansas State University Agribusiness Conference
will be held Wednesday, February 10, in ASU’s Fowler Center and
Convocation Center. Onsite registration begins at 8 a.m. in Fowler
Center, 201 Olympic Drive, Jonesboro. Lunch will be served in the
Convocation Center, 217 Olympic Drive, Jonesboro, at 12 noon. Afternoon
sessions end at 3:30 p.m.
Joining the ASU College
of Agriculture and Technology as conference sponsors are the Judd
Hill Foundation, AgHeritage Farm Credit Services, Arkansas Farm Bureau,
Bunge North America, Busch Agricultural Resources, Capital Agricultural
Property Services, Inc., Farm Credit Midsouth, Greenway Equipment, Inc.,
Helena Chemical Company, Liberty Bank of Arkansas, Riceland Foods, Inc.,
RiceTec, Inc., and the USA Rice Federation.
The morning’s general session features four speakers and a panel
discussion. Becky Cross, director of the United States Department of
Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (USDA-NASS)
Arkansas Field Office, will discuss results from the 2007 Census of
Agriculture. Michael Swanson, vice president and senior economist with
the Wells Fargo Ag Industries group, will discuss commodity markets and
price risk management.
Following the morning break, Jason Henderson, vice president of the
Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, will discuss how the financial
markets and the macro economy are affecting agriculture.
Bruce Knight, former USDA Undersecretary for Marketing and Regulatory
programs, will describe the economics and politics of climate change.
Finally, a panel of the four general session speakers listed above will
discuss issues and take questions from the audience.
The luncheon address will feature Greg Cole, president and CEO of
AgHeritage Farm Credit Services, and an alumnus of the ASU College of
Agriculture and Technology. Cole will present “Agricultural Trends and
Dynamics – Implications for the Delta.”
The afternoon program features three special-interest sessions. Carl
Brothers of Riceland Foods, Gary Adams of the National Cotton Council,
and University of Arkansas economist Scott Stiles will discuss the rice,
cotton, corn, and soybean markets.
In the Livestock Industry session, Mississippi State University
economist John Anderson will discuss livestock markets and industry
Mr. Jody Hardin and Dr. Kim Pittcock will discuss community supported
agriculture, farmers’ markets, and other local food institutions in the
Continuing education credits (CEUs) are available according to
guidelines of the Arkansas State Board of Public Accountancy, the
American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers, the Arkansas
Certified Crop Advisors and Arkansas Crop Consultants, and the Arkansas
Department of Education.
Admission to the conference is free, but luncheon reservations are
limited to the first 500 who register. Conference information and
on-line registration are available on the
College of Agriculture
and Technology web site
http://www2.astate.edu/agri, or directly at the link
For telephone registration, contact
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