25th annual FHSU Agricultural Outlook Conference set to provide helpful insight for all ag-related fields

Whether you are looking for the future outlooks on grain prices, the livestock market or economic and political realities in agriculture, Fort Hays State University will be addressing these and related topics at the 25th Annual Agricultural Outlook Conference.

The conference will take place on Friday, Nov. 1, in the Fort Hays Ballroom in the Memorial Union and is hosted by the Department of Agriculture within the College of Health and Life Sciences. The goal of the conference is to increase public awareness of many of the issues and challenges in agriculture in the next few years and where the featured speakers envision agriculture to be next year.

Conference speakers include Richard C. Pottorff, chief economist for Doane Agricultural Services in St. Louis, MO; Andrew Gottschalk, senior vice-president for R.J. O'Brien & Associates, Greenwood, CO; and Trevor T. Guthmiller, executive director of the American Coalition for Ethanol in Sioux Falls, SD.

Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a continental breakfast. The conference activities will begin at 9 a.m. with a welcome from FHSU President Edward H. Hammond and Dr. John Greathouse, chair of the Department of Agriculture.

Pottorff will begin his presentation on "Economic and Political Realities for Agriculture" at 9:15 a.m. Following this presentation, Gottschalk will present "The Grain Situation and Outlook" at 10 a.m.

Following a refreshment break, Guthmiller will present "The Future of Non-Food Uses for Agricultural Products."
The conference will then break for a prime rib luncheon in the FHSU Black and Gold Room, which will include entertainment by cowboy poet Nyle Henderson.

After lunch, the conference will conclude with the presentation of "The Livestock Situation and Outlook" by Gottschalk.

The conference is geared for the entire agricultural industry and related fields -- ranchers, farmers, lenders, coop operators, equipment dealers, manufacturers, feed and seed suppliers -- and the public.

"Agriculture is a dynamic business that operates in an atmosphere of competition and tremendous risk," said Greathouse. "It is imperative that all involved with the industry stay abreast of the issues that impact financial stability and profitability so they can be better informed to make critical business decisions."

"This conference continues the well-established tradition of providing access to information from professionals who are sensitive to the economic realities of agriculture, and who can provide a no-nonsense exposure to the opportunities and challenges that await the grain and livestock industries in western Kansas," said Greathouse.

The cost of the conference, including all materials, a continental breakfast, and the luncheon, is $45 per person. Deadline for early registration is Oct. 28. After Oct. 28 the conference fee is $45 per person to attend the morning and afternoon sessions only and does not include the luncheon.

To register or for more information, contact the FHSU Department of Agriculture by phone at (785) 628-4196, by e-mail at agdept@fhsu.edu or by fax at (785) 628-4183.

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