A-State’s annual ag business conference focuses on economics, farm policy

arkansas state university logoArkansas State University’s annual Agribusiness Conference will celebrate 25 years of providing timely information and agricultural policy education to farmers, agribusiness professionals, students and educators across the Mid-South.

The 2019 conference on Feb. 13 will focus on farm management, the economics and politics of trade and farm policy, and commodity and credit markets, says Dr. Bert Greenwalt, professor of agricultural economics and conference director.

On-site registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. in A-State’s Fowler Center, 201 Olympic Drive in Jonesboro, Arkansas, according to a news release. Lunch will be served in the First National Bank Arena, 217 Olympic Dr., at noon. Afternoon sessions end at 3:30 p.m.

The morning general session features four speakers and a panel discussion:

◼ Ted Glaub, founder and manager/broker at Glaub Farm Management, LLC, will give insights he has gleaned from a 40-year career in professional farm management.

◼ Jim Wiesemeyer, Washington policy analyst, will discuss the impact of the 2018 election on agriculture and the rural economy.

◼ Amanda Countryman, associate professor of agricultural economics at Colorado State University, will review the theory and history of U.S. trade policy and how current events are impacting farmers and agribusiness.

◼ Keith Coble, professor of agricultural economics at Mississippi State University, will discuss the lessons learned from the 2018 farm bill debate.

The luncheon speaker, Tyne Morgan, is host of “U.S. Farm Report,” a nationally televised program that focuses on agriculture and agribusiness.

Afternoon special-interest sessions include commodity market updates for rice, cotton, and poultry and beef, plus a session on credit, tax, and legal issues for agricultural lenders and producers.

The conference qualifies for continuing education credits according to the guidelines of the Arkansas State Board of Public Accountancy, Arkansas Certified Crop Advisors and Arkansas Agricultural Consultants, and the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers.

Admission to the conference and luncheon is free, but pre-registration is encouraged. Detailed conference information and online registration are available at AState.edu/agribusconf. To register, one may contact the College of Agriculture at 870-972-3221 or email AState_Agribus_Conf@AState.edu.