28th Annual Agriculture Outlook Conference to be hosted at FHSU

Agribusiness, finance, marketing, education and farm production specialists will be at Fort Hays State University's Memorial Union on Nov. 4 for the Department of Agriculture's 28th annual Agriculture Outlook Conference.

Late registration is still open at a cost of $45, but does not include the luncheon.

"The purpose of the conference is to update attendees on the current issues of economic significance to the agriculture industry," said Dr. John Greathouse, chair of the Agriculture Department.

"We also aim to inform viewers of the direction that commodity markets are headed this year," said Greathouse.

Conference speakers include Bernard F. Gehris, attorney with Burns, Figa & Will, P.C., in Englewood, CO, specializing in water law, environmental law, agricultural law and general litigation; Andrew Gottschalk, senior vice president for R.J. O'Brien & Associates and owner of privately held research company HedgersEdge.com, LLC, in Greenwood Village, CO; Dan Johnson, Hays, state representative for the 110th district and chair of the House Agriculture Committee; and Bob Young, chief economist for the American Farm Bureau Federation in Washington, DC.

Greathouse and FHSU Provost Dr. Larry Gould will give the university welcome and opening remarks at 8:30 a.m. Immediately following the opening remarks, at 8:45 a.m., Young will present "A National and International Perspective on Agriculture and its Effects on Farmers." Following Young, Gehris will present "Diminishing Irrigation Aquifers: Regulatory or Economic Solutions?" at 9:45 a.m. A short break with refreshments is scheduled for 10:45 a.m., and Gottschalk will present "The Grain Situation and Outlook" at 11 a.m. A prime rib luncheon is scheduled for 12 p.m. with Johnson's presentation, "Legislative Update from Topeka" following it at 1:15 p.m. Gottschalk will wrap up the series with his second presentation, "The Livestock Situation and Outlook," at 1:45 p.m., and the conference will adjourn at 3 p.m.

Andrew Gottschalk, a past FHSU agriculture student, worked with the Department of Economics and Finance to start the annual conference. Through the years, the Agriculture Department has helped with planning and overseeing conference activities until it recently transitioned into becoming the official host.

"Gottschalk is very well known within the agribusiness risk-management arena," said Greathouse "He helps with the conference as a continuous service to our institution."

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