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Agribusiness Luncheon Speaker will
focus on rural regions in global economy
Feb. 5, 2008 -- Dr.
Mark Drabenstott, director of the Rural Policy Research Institute -
Center for Regional Competitiveness at the University of Missouri, will
be the luncheon speaker for the Agribusiness Conference on Wednesday,
Feb. 13, at Arkansas State University.
His luncheon topic is "Can Rural Regions Compete in the Global
Economy?" He will also speak in an afternoon session
"Helping Rural Regions Compete: Innovation & Entrepreneurship." Alan
McVey, director of the Delta Center for Economic Development at
ASU, will also participate in this session.
RUPRI is a multi-state, interdisciplinary public policy institute that
is jointly sponsored by Iowa State University, the University of
Missouri, and the University of Nebraska. The Center helps regions craft
world-class development strategies for competing in the global economic
race. The Center’s products help regions understand where they stand in
that race, diagnose their new competitive advantage, and sustain
innovative models of regional governance.
Drabenstott spoke at the 2002 conference on "Rethinking Rural Policy vs.
Agricultural Policy." At that time he was a vice president at The
Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and the director of the bank's
Center for the Study of Rural America.
The 14th annual Agribusiness Conference will be held in the Fowler
Center and Convocation Center in Jonesboro. Admission is free, but
luncheon reservations are limited to the first 500. The complete
conference program and on-line registration are available at the ASU
College of Agriculture web site,
http://agri.astate.edu. On-site registration begins at 8 a.m. in the
Fowler Center. Afternoon sessions end at 3:30.
Joining the ASU College of Agriculture 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.
Mark Drabenstott biographical information
Dr. Bert Greenwalt, firstname.lastname@example.org
College of Agriculture, 972-2085
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