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A-State Closing Early Friday, March 31

Arkansas State University is canceling all on-campus classes and closing all academic and business offices at 1 p.m. on Friday, March 31, in response to the high probability of severe weather in the Jonesboro area this afternoon and evening.

The National Weather Service has issued warnings for this afternoon with the high probability of extremely high wind gusts, significant severe storms and the potential for long-lasting tornadoes.

Essential personnel who maintain on-campus activities, including our University Housing and Facilities Management will continue to work on campus. If individual employees have questions regarding who is essential personnel, please check with your supervisor today.

Other Campus Closures & Cancellations

  • A-State Childhood Services will also close at 1 p.m.
  • The Reng Student Union will open as the campus’ storm shelter for university residents at 1 p.m., and will remain open until the all-clear.
  • Dining Services will continue to operate with regular dinner hours.
  • Also closing this afternoon are the Dean B. Ellis Library (online resources available 24/7) and the Red W.O.L.F. Center.
  • Evening campus events may also be cancelled. Please check with the event organizer for event status.

All campus residents are reminded to monitor official university media, including official social media accounts for updates. Alerts and weather conditions are also available at Weather.AState.edu.

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Agribusiness Conference

2023 Agribusiness Conference

Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Attend in person or virtually

The 29th annual Arkansas State University Agribusiness Conference will be held in person on Wednesday, February 8, 2023, with a portion available online.  The conference will focus on the global economy, agricultural policy and the next farm bill, the US macroeconomic situation, and commodity markets. The conference will end with the afternoon sessions.  Guests who register to attend virtually will later receive instructions on how to participate.

General Sessions (available online)

The general session in the Fowler Center Riceland Hall begins at 8:35 a.m. and features four presentations:

  • Dean Mickey LaTour will make announcements from the College of Agriculture.
  • Dan Basse, president of the AgResource Company, will discuss world agricultural markets and outlook.
  • Professor of agricultural economics at Texas A&M University Joe Outlaw and Mary Kay Thatcher, senior lead for federal government relations at Syngenta will discuss the economics and politics of agricultural policy and the next farm bill.

Luncheon & Featured Speaker (available online)

The luncheon will begin at noon in the First National Bank Arena (enter through YELLOW entrance) and features Dr. Christopher J. Waller, a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

Commodity Breakouts (not available online)

Three concurrent commodity sessions begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Cooper Alumni Center Ballroom Salons.

  • The rice industry issues and outlook session features Grayson Daniels from Riceland Foods, Inc., Josh Hankins with USA Rice and Austin Brown with Riceland Foods, Inc.
  • Jeff Johnson from Allenberg Cotton Co. will discuss the cotton market and industry issues.
  • Arkansas State University professors David Newman & Jerica Rich will discuss livestock industry issues and outlook, focusing on the global animal protein outlook and trends in beef reproductive technologies.


For more information or if you have questions, please contact Abigail Jorgenson Coleman at 870-972-2416 or ajorgenson@astate.edu