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2007 ASU Agribusiness Conference

2007 ASU Agribusiness Conference

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Presented and Sponsored by:

  • Arkansas State University College of Agriculture
  • Judd Hill Foundation
  • Arkansas Farm BureauCraighead Co. FB & Poinsett Co. FB
  • AgHeritage Farm Credit Services
  • Busch Agricultural Resources
  • Capital Agricultural Property Services, Inc.
  • Farm Credit Midsouth
  • Firstgrain, Inc.
  • Greenway Equipment, Inc.
  • Liberty Bank of Arkansas
  • Riceland Foods, Inc.
  • RiceTec, Inc.
  • USA Rice Federation

Registration: Fowler Center, Lobby

General Session I: Fowler Center, Riceland Hall

Dr. Bert Greenwalt, Professor of Agricultural Economics, Director of the ASU Agribusiness Conference

A Primer on the Technology of Biofuel Production

Mr. Sam Dortch, Manager of Research and Development, FutureFuel Chemical Company

The Use of Plant Genomics to Engineer Dedicated Energy Crops

Mr. Spencer Swayze, Manager for Business Development, Ceres, Inc.

The Potential Impact of Regional Biofuel Production

Mr. Cal McCastlain, Attorney at Law, Pender & McCastlain; General Council, Patriot Biofuels

Break and Refreshments: Fowler Center, Grand Hall

General Session II: Fowler Center, Riceland Hall

The 2006 Election's Impact on Agricultural, Trade, and Energy Policy

Mr. James R. Wiesemeyer, Vice President, Informa Economics

Panel Discussion

Mr. Richard E. Bell, Arkansas Secretary of Agriculture, and General Session Speakers

Lunch: Convocation Center, Red Entrance, Arena Mezzanine


Dr. Gregory Phillips, Dean, Arkansas State University College of Agriculture

Dr. Robert L. Potts, Chancellor, Arkansas State University - Jonesboro

Luncheon Address:

Dr. J.B. Penn, Chief Economist, Deere & Company, Text of Speech Given at Conference

Concurrent Sessions: Convocation Center, Red Entrance, Lower Level


Supply Chain Management: Implications for the Rice Industry

Dr. Eric Wailes
University of Arkansas 

Hames Room A-B

Cotton Market Outlook and Industry Issues

Cotton Market Outlook presentation

Dr. John R.C. Robinson
Texas A&M University

Hames Room C

Livestock Market Outlook and Industry Issues

Update on Selected Livestock Industry Issues

Mr. Travis Justice
Arkansas Farm Bureau



The Impact of Energy Prices and Transportation Demand on U.S. Grain Markets (Or, Why is the Basis so Wide?)

Mr. Tim Gallagher
Executive Vice President
Bunge North America, Inc.

Hames Room A-B

The Southern Tenant Farmers Museum, The History and Legacy of the STFU

Dr. Ruth Hawkins
Arkansas State University