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2024 Agribusiness Conference

Thank you for another great conference!

Please click the links below to view slides from our speakers who have shared their presentations. Also available is the recording from our morning general session.

Morning general session recording

Mr. Harrison Pittman's presentation slides
Mr. Greg Cole's presentation slides
Ms. Megan DeYoung's presentation slides
Mr. Chad Brewer's presentation slides
Dr. Keith Coble's presentation slides

Ms. Dana Brooks' presentation slides
Mr. Grayson Daniels' presentation slides

Dr. Hunter Biram's presentation slides
Dr. Glen Hoffsis' presentation slides

The 31st annual Agribusiness Conference will be held on Wednesday, February 12, 2025.

See below for information about the 30th annual Agribusiness Conference that was held on 2/7/24.


Wednesday, February 7, 2024

The 30th annual Arkansas State University Agribusiness Conference will be held in person on Wednesday, February 7, 2024, with the morning general session available online. The conference will focus on agribusiness trends, sustainability issues, the next farm bill, commodity markets, and animal health issues. The conference will end with the afternoon sessions.

General Sessions (available online)

The general session in the Fowler Center Riceland Hall begins at 8:30 a.m. and features five presenters:

  • Dr. Bert Greenwalt, professor of agricultural economics and director of A-State Agribusiness Conference, provides opening remarks, followed by Dean Mickey LaTour with announcements from the College of Agriculture.
  • Harrison Pittman, director of the National Agricultural Law Center, will reflect on the 30th A-State Agribusiness Conference: Back to the Future.
  • President & CEO of AgHeritage Farm Credit Services Greg Cole will discuss observations on farm and agribusiness trends.
  • RiceTec's Head of Transformation & Business Development, Megan DeYoung and Chad Brewer from the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol, will discuss sustainability issues for rice and cotton.
  • The Economics and Politics of the U.S. Farm Bill will be presented by Dr. Keith Coble, vice president of the Division of Agriculture, Forestry, & Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State University.

Luncheon & Featured Speaker (not available online)

The luncheon will begin at 12:00 noon in the Red Wolf Convention Center/Embassy Suites Hotel Ballroom and features Dana Brooks, CEO of the Pet Food Institute.

Commodity Breakouts (not available online)

Three concurrent commodity sessions begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Red Wolf Convention Center/Embassy Suites Hotel meeting rooms.

  • The rice industry issues and outlook session features Grayson Daniels from Riceland Foods, Inc., and Hunter Biram from the University of Arkansas.
  • Dr. Glen Hoffsis, founding dean of the A-State College of Veterinary Medicine, Dana Brooks, CEO of the Pet Food Institute, and Dr. Donald Kennedy, associate dean of the A-State College of Agriculture, will discuss animal health issues and the A-State College of Veterinary Medicine.
  • Jeff Johnson from Allenberg Cotton Co. and Chad Brewer from the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol, will discuss cotton industry issues and outlook.


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