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2008 ASU Agribusiness Conference

2008 ASU Agribusiness Conference

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Presented and Sponsored by:

  • Arkansas State University College of Agriculture
  • Judd Hill Foundation
  • AgHeritage Farm Credit Services
  • Arkansas Farm Bureau
  • Bunge North America
  • Busch Agricultural Resources
  • Capital Agricultural Property Services, Inc.
  • Farm Credit Mid-South
  • Greenway Equipment, Inc.
  • Helena Chemical Company
  • 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

Commodity and Biofuel Markets: Situation and Outlook
Mr. Richard Brock, Brock Associates
Mr. Carl Brothers, Riceland Foods Rice Market Discussion

Break and Refreshments: Fowler Center, Grand Hall

General Session II: Fowler Center, Riceland Hall

The 2008 Farm Bill: Implementation and Impact

Mr. William C. Bridgforth, Ramsay, Bridgforth, Harrelson & Starling, LLP

Panel Discussion

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

Lunch: Convocation Center, Red Entrance, Arena Mezzanine

Dr. Greg Phillips, Dean, Arkansas State University College of Agriculture
Dr. J. Leslie Wyatt, President, Arkansas State University

Luncheon Address: Can Rural Regions Compete in the Global Economy?

Dr. Mark Drabenstott, Director, Rural Policy Research Institute - Center for Regional Competitiveness

Concurrent Sessions: Convocation Center, Red Entrance, Lower Level Meeting Rooms


Helping Rural Regions Compete: Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Mr. Alan McVey
ASU Delta Center for Econ Dev.

A 21st Century Strategy for the Delta

Dr. Mark Drabbenstott

RUPRI - Center for Regional Competitiveness

Hames Room A-B

Managing Risk and Protecting Assets: How to use Insurance Tools

Casualty and Liability Insurance Issues

Mr. Thom Beasley
Farm Bureau Insurance

Workers' Compensation Insurance: Substitute or Complement to Liability Insurance?

Mr. Terry Duke
Ag Compensation - Self Insurer Fund

Hames Room C

Livestock Market Outlook and Industry Issues

2008 Beef Cattle Situation and Outlook

Dr. Rob Hogan
Texas A&M University

Concurrent Sessions: Convocation Center, Red Entrance, Lower Level Meeting Rooms


A Primer on Carbon Credit Markets: Potential for Arkansas Producers

Dr. Gauri-Shankar Guha
ASU College of Business

Hames Room A-B

Arkansas Farmers' Markets: Status and Future Potential

Dr. Kim Pittcock
ASU College of Agriculture

Mr. Bob Young
USDA-NRCS, East Arkansas RC&D