Whether you want the future outlook 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 27th Annual Agricultural Outlook Conference, Oct. 29 on the university campus.
" In a sense, it is related to agribusiness professionals but also to anyone in a related field. It's to keep people's fingers on the pulse of the markets," said Dr. John Greathouse, chair of the Department of Agriculture.
" People need to get a snapshot of the current agriculture situation but also get a sense of where the markets are going," he said.
Hosted by the Agriculture Department, the goal of the conference is to increase public awareness of the many issues and challenges facing agriculture and where the featured speakers envision agriculture to be next year.
Conference speakers include Nancy Novack, associate economist with the Center for the Study of Rural America at the Federal Reserve Bank in Kansas City, MO; Dr. Dennis DiPietre, agricultural economist and consultant for major production, packaging, genetics and pharmaceutical companies and the United States Department of Agriculture; Bob Williams and Andy Gottschalk, representatives of R.J. O'Brien & Associates and HedgersEdge.com LLC; and State Rep. Dan Johnson, chair of the house Agriculture Committee.
Immediately following the university welcome and opening remarks at 8:50 a.m. in the Fort Hays Ballroom of the Memorial Union, Novack will speak on "Current Economic Environment and Challenges Facing Agriculture. After a refreshment break at 10 a.m., DiPietre will present "Country of Origin Labeling and Traceability in the Livestock Industry."
At 11:15 a.m., Williams and Gottschalk will speak on "The Grain Situation and Outlook," followed by a luncheon from 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The afternoon session begins at 1:30 with Johnson's presentation, "Legislative update from Topeka," followed by Williams and Gottschalk speaking on "The Livestock Situation and Outlook" at 2:15.
Registration for the event is $45 and can be made by calling the Agriculture Department at 628-4196, faxing the Ag Department at 628-4183 or by mail to: Department of Agriculture, Fort Hays State University, Hays, KS. 67601-4099.
Payment may be by check to FHSU/Agriculture or by credit card.