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2013 ASU Agribusiness Conference Focus


The 19th annual Arkansas State University Agribusiness Conference will focus on agricultural technology, macroeconomic issues, and the outlook for commodity markets and agricultural policy.

The morning general session features four speakers and a panel discussion.

Jerry Roell, Director of John Deere's FarmSight and WorkSite programs will give a report on innovations in agricultural technology.

Texas A&M University economist, Joe Outlaw, will discuss the 2013 farm bill and its impact on Midsouth agriculture.

James Bullard, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, will discuss macroeconomic trends and the implications for agriculture.

Michigan State University economist David Schweikhardt and a panel of General Session Speakers will discuss current issues and take questions from the audience.

Bart Chilton, Commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, will deliver the luncheon address.

The afternoon program features four special interest sessions:

Thomas Erickson, Bunge North America Vice President for Government and Industry Affairs, and Riceland Foods Senior Vice President Carl Brothers will join CFTC Commissioner Bart Chilton to discuss price risk management issues from the industry point of view.

Riceland Foods Senior Vice President Carl Brothers and Jeff Johnson of Allenberg Cotton Co. will discuss market trends and industry issues for rice and cotton.

Adam McClung, CEO of the Arkansas Cattlemen's Association, will discuss livestock and feed market issues.

University of Arkansas economist Ron Rainey will present information on direct marketing in local food systems and describe the Market Maker program.