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2009 Agribusiness Conference features John Phipps
as luncheon speaker
Feb. 6, 2009 --
The 15th annual
Arkansas State University Agribusiness Conference will be held
Wednesday, February 11, 2009 in the ASU Fowler
and Convocation Centers in Jonesboro, Arkansas.
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.
address will feature John Phipps. Phipps is a farmer, columnist for
Farm Journal magazine, and host of the U.S. Farm Report syndicated
TV program, America’s longest-running farm television program. Reared on
a five-generation farm in east-central Illinois, Phipps earned his BS in
chemical engineering and economics from the Rose-Hulman Institute of
Technology, then spent five years as a nuclear engineering officer
aboard a US Navy fast-attack submarine. He returned to the family farm
in 1970, and one of his sons recently joined him in the farm
business. Since 1995, Phipps has received numerous awards for his
agricultural writing, including agricultural writing’s highest award,
Writer of the Year, in 2004. (For more on John Phipps, visit his Web
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.
The morning general session features four speakers and a panel
discussion. William Biedermann, senior vice president for Allendale,
Inc. will discuss the market outlook for commodities and biofuels.
Tobias Hlavinka, fertilizer manager for Helena Chemical Company’s
southern business unit will describe how the world fertilizer market is
affecting the cost of U.S. crop production.
Following the morning break, Bob Rasche, research director for the
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, will discuss how the financial
markets and the macro economy are impacting agriculture.
A panel of all general session speakers and Richard E. Bell, Arkansas
Secretary of Agriculture, will discuss current issues and take questions
from the conference audience.
The afternoon program features four special interest sessions. Carl
Brothers of Riceland Foods and Doug McNeely of Bunge North America will
discuss the rice and grain markets and the relationship between the cash
and futures markets.
Agricultural law specialist Mike Cone will discuss implementation of the
2008 Farm Bill.
In the Livestock Industry Session, Arkansas Farm Bureau economist Travis
Justus and ASU professor of animal science Dr. Donald Kennedy
will discuss livestock industry issues including the livestock market
outlook and animal welfare legislation.
Joe Foster, Harrison Pittman, and Stacey McCullough will discuss the
future potential for agritourism in Arkansas and describe current
agritourism projects in the state. The conference adjourns at 3:30 p.m.
Continuing education credits 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/Arkansas Crop Consultants, and the Arkansas Department of
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 under the Upcoming Events section of
the College of Agriculture web site
http://agri.astate.edu, or directly at the link
For telephone registration, contact Joy Holmes at (870) 972-3942 or by
e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional information, contact Dr. Bert Greenwalt, professor of
Agricultural Economics, at (870) 972-2221, or by e-mail at