Jul 30, 2020 10:35 AM

BOOR: Conference will focus on effect of virus on ag economy

Posted Jul 30, 2020 10:35 AM
Alicia Boor is an Agriculture and Natural Resources agent in the Cottonwood District.
Alicia Boor is an Agriculture and Natural Resources agent in the Cottonwood District.

Agricultural producers in Kansas and other states this year can participate in Kansas State University’s Risk & Profit Conference from wherever they are as the university takes the entire conference online. The conference is set for Aug. 10-14. 

From producers to processors to consumers, the new coronavirus has affected every aspect of life, so this year’s conference will focus on the economics of agriculture during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Different sessions are scheduled for each day, including the popular livestock and grain market outlooks. Sessions run from noon to 1:30 p.m. each day except Thursday, when an expanded schedule runs from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. That day also features an open chat at lunchtime with extension specialists.  

Registration is available online and questions can be directed to Rich Llewelyn at [email protected].  The schedule for the program is:

Monday, August 10
     Session 1 (12:00-12:45): Hedging the Sale of Kansas Live Cattle: A Review of the Past 10 Years - Brian Coffey
     Session 2 (12:45-1:30): Ag Finance Situation - Allen Featherstone

Tuesday, August 11
     Session 1 (12:00-12:45): Macroeconomy, Interest Rates, and Future Inflation  - Brian Briggeman
     Session 2 (12:45-1:30): US Agri-Food Trade and COVID-19 - Vincent Amanor-Boadu, Kara Ross, Catharine Ofori-Bah

Wednesday, August 12
     Session 1 (12:00-12:45): Crop Share or Cash Rent: How Does Risk Affect the Decision?-Mykel Taylor, Chelsea Arnold
     Session 2 (12:45-1:30): Assessment of Ag’s Contribution to the Kansas Economy - John Leatherman, Jody Wendt

Thursday, August 13
     Session 1 (10:30-11:15): Livestock Market Outlook—Glynn Tonsor
     Session 2 (11:15-12:00): Grain Market Outlook—Dan O’Brien
     Break/Lunch (12:00-12:30): Open Chat with K-State Agricultural Economics Extensions Specialists
     Session 3 (12:30-1:15): Nontraditional Finance: Overview and Trends - Jenny Ifft
     Session 4 (1:15-2:00): Projections of Net Farm Income for 2020 and 2021 - Gregg Ibendahl

Friday, August 14
     Session 1 (12:00-12:45): Economic Losses From ARC/PLC Election In 2014 Farm Bill - Nathan Hendricks, Mary Kurzweil
     Session 2 (12:45-1:30): International Grain Market Trends and Factors  - Guy Allen, Dan O’Brien

Alicia Boor is an Agriculture and Natural Resources agent in the Cottonwood District (which includes Barton and Ellis counties) for K-State Research and Extension. You can contact her by e-mail at [email protected] or calling 620-793-1910.