Twenty-six year agricultural tradition continues at FHSU

The 26th annual Agricultural Outlook Conference, sponsored by the Department of Agriculture at Fort Hays State University in cooperation with, LLC, and R.J. O'Brien & Associates, Greenwood Village, CO, is scheduled for Nov. 7, 2003, in the Memorial Union.

The event begins at 8:15 a.m. with registration and continental breakfast in the Fort Hays Ballroom.

Dr. Edward H. Hammond, FHSU president, and Dr. John Greathouse, chair of FHSU's Department of Agriculture, will welcome attendees and give opening remarks at 8:45 a.m.

Nancy Novack, Federal Reserve Bank associate economist, is the day's first speaker. Her presentation, "Is the Recovery a Foundation for Rural Prosperity?", starts at 9 a.m. Novack 's research focuses on agricultural finance and farmland values including farm structure, producer alliances, biofuels, rural incomes and rural health care issues.

A refreshment break at 10 a.m. will follow Novack's presentation.

Alan States, president of the First National Bank of Hays, will introduce a micro outlook -- "Grain Farming-Technology Wars -- Episode IV" -- at 10:15 a.m. States has been active in farm policy for 25 years, serving as president of the U.S. Canola Association, director of the National Sunflower Association and policy advisor for U.S. Sen. Bob Dole.

At 11:15 a.m. Andrew Gottschalk, senior vice president of R.J. O'Brien & Associates and owner of, LLC, and Bob Wilson, R.J. O'Brien & Associates market analyst and founding partner of, LLC, will present "The Grain Situation and Outlook."

During the 12:15 p.m. prime rib luncheon in the Black and Gold Room, Kansas State Rep. Dan Johnson, chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, FHSU alumnus and former FHSU faculty member, will discuss the state's status quo in "An Update on Kansas Legislative Activities Affecting Agriculture."

Dale Moore, chief of staff to Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman and FHSU alumnus, will give an update from a federal perspective at 1:30 p.m. in "An Update on USDA Activities Affecting Agriculture."

Gottschalk and Wilson will conclude the conference with their 2:15 p.m. presentation -- "The Livestock Situation and Outlook."

Questions regarding the conference or registration should be directed to the FHSU Department of Agriculture, 785-628-4196 or

Early registration fees, $45 for the luncheon and all sessions and $35 for the sessions only, apply if the registration form and payment are received by the FHSU Department of Agriculture by Oct. 27. Late registration fees, $45 for the sessions only, apply to those registering after Oct. 27. Lunch cannot be provided to those who register late.

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