Welcome to Arkansas State University!
2021 Agribusiness Conference
February 10, 2021 • 8:30 A.M. - 12 P.M.

The 27th annual Arkansas State University Agribusiness Conference focused on the outlook for the economy and agribusiness, the impact of the 2020 election on agricultural policy, and the commodity markets.

Schedule of Events

Below you will see the schedule of events for the entire day.
During our breakout sessions, pick a virtual session that interests you.

8:30 AM
Welcome to the 2021 Agribusiness Conference

Dr. Bert Greenwalt welcomes everyone to this year's event and introduces our first general session speaker of the day, Dr. David Kohl.

Bert Greenwalt
Bert Greenwalt
Director, A-State Agribusiness Conference

Bert Greenwalt is a professor of agricultural economics at A-State and farms with his family at Hazen, Arkansas. During 1999-2004 he was elected to two terms as a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, and later served eight years on the St. Louis Fed Agribusiness Council. Bert currently serves as a director of the Agricultural Council of Arkansas. He earned a B.S.A. in agricultural business and economics from Arkansas State University, an M.S. from the University of Arkansas, and a Ph.D. from Mississippi State University. Bert was recognized in 2016 as a Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Arkansas Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness.

8:35 AM
Agribusiness and Economic Outlook

David Kohl, professor emeritus at Virginia Tech, will speak on the economic and agribusiness outlook and on management issues for the 2020s.

David Kohl
David Kohl
Professor Emeritus, Virginia Tech University

David Kohl is professor emeritus of Agricultural Finance and Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship at Virginia Tech University where he taught 25 years in the Agricultural and Applied Economics Department. David has traveled over 8 million miles and has conducted more than 6,000 workshops and seminars for agricultural audiences. A writer for many agricultural publications, he has published more than 1,300 articles. David’s personal involvement in agribusiness and his regular interaction with industry leaders gives him a unique perspective on the economy and agricultural industry trends.

9:20 AM
Impact of the 2020 Election on Agricultural and Trade Policy

Sara Wyant, president of Agri-Pulse Communications, will discuss the impact of the 2020 election and the implications for agricultural and international trade policy.

Sara Wyant
Sara Wyant
President of Agri-Pulse Communications, Inc.

Sara Wyant is president of Agri-Pulse Communications, Inc., a diversified communications company with offices in Washington, D.C. and Camdenton, Missouri. The Agri-Pulse newsletter and website are known for providing the latest news on farm and trade policy, commodity and conservation programs, and environmental and regulatory issues. Sara has received awards for her service to agriculture from the United Soybean Board, the American Agricultural Editors’ Association, and the Missouri Farm Bureau. She was reared on her family’s farm near Margenco, Iowa, and remains involved in the farm business.

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Impact of the 2020 Election on Agricultural and Trade Policy Watch on YouTube

10:10 AM
Management Mindset for the 2020s

David Kohl, professor emeritus at Virginia Tech, will speak on management issues for the 2020s.

David Kohl
David Kohl
Professor Emeritus, Virginia Tech University

David Kohl is professor emeritus of Agricultural Finance and Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship at Virginia Tech University where he taught 25 years in the Agricultural and Applied Economics Department. David has traveled over 8 million miles and has conducted more than 6,000 workshops and seminars for agricultural audiences. A writer for many agricultural publications, he has published more than 1,300 articles. David’s personal involvement in agribusiness and his regular interaction with industry leaders gives him a unique perspective on the economy and agricultural industry trends.

Concurrent Commodity Sessions

During these breakout commodity sessions, pick a virtual session that most interests you.

11:15 AM
Rice and Soybean Issues and Market Outlook

Grayson Daniels from Riceland Foods, Inc. will discuss rice and soybean issues and markets.

Grayson Daniels
Grayson Daniels
VP for Grain Sales & Procurement, Riceland Foods

Grayson Daniels is vice president for grain sales and procurement at Riceland Foods, Inc., a farmer-owned cooperative headquartered in Stuttgart, Arkansas. Prior to joining Riceland in 2002, Grayson was an agricultural policy analyst at Sparks Companies, Inc. in Washington, D.C. He currently serves as president of the Mid-South Grain Association and serves on the board of the Arkansas Waterways Association. Reared on his family’s rice and soybean farm near Paragould, Arkansas, Grayson earned his B.S.A. in agricultural business from Arkansas State University and his M.S. in agricultural economics from Purdue University. In 2013 Grayson was recognized as an Outstanding Young Alumnus of the Arkansas State University College of Agriculture.

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Rice and Soybean Issues and Market Outlook Watch on YouTube

11:15 AM
Animal Agriculture Trends and Issues

Arkansas State University professor David Newman will discuss the trends and issues in animal agriculture.

David Newman
David Newman
Associate Professor of Animal Science, A-State

David Newman is an associate professor of animal science at Arkansas State University. Prior to joining A-State in 2016, he was an associate professor and extension specialist at North Dakota State University where in 2009 he received the Myron and Muriel Johnson Excellence in Extension Award. David is a co-owner of his family’s diversified livestock farm in southern Missouri which focuses on direct marketing of pork across the U.S. He currently serves as president of the National Pork Board. David earned his B.S. in animal science with a minor in international agriculture from the University of Missouri and his Ph.D. in meat science from North Dakota State University.

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Animal Agriculture Trends and Issues Watch on YouTube

11:15 AM
Cotton Issues and Market Outlook

Jeff Johnson from Allenberg Cotton Co. will discuss cotton industry issues and market outlook.

Jeff Johnson
Jeff Johnson
VP and Head of U.S. Domestic Sales
Allenberg Cotton Company

Jeff Johnson is vice president and head of U.S. Domestic Sales at Allenberg Cotton Company in Memphis, Tennessee. He has 27 years of experience in originating and merchandising U.S. cotton for the Louis Dreyfus Group. Jeff is past president of the Southern Cotton Shippers Association, past president of the Memphis Cotton Exchange and is currently president of the American Cotton Shippers Association. Jeff was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture to the Advisory Committee of the Universal Cotton Standards Conference. He currently serves as a merchant delegate and director of the National Cotton Council. Jeff earned his B.S. in marketing management and M.S.A. in agriculture from Arkansas State University.

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Thanks for Attending

We look forward to seeing you next year at First National Bank Arena.

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