Kansas State University


Department of Agricultural Economics

2016 Risk and Profit Conference

Agricultural economists will conduct a comprehensive seminar for Kansas producers, lenders, crop insurance agents, agribusinesses, county extension agents, and faculty from surrounding institutions August 18–19 at the K-State Alumni Center. The focus of the 21st annual 2016 Risk and Profit Conference will be navigating in a struggling farm economy.

The two days will be jam-packed with breakout sessions and talks from many keynote speakers. There are seven breakout sessions throughout the conference and 20 topics led by agricultural economics faculty and graduate students.

William Tierney Jr., chief economist for AgResource Company a domestic and international agricultural advisory/research firm, will give a talk on the “Long-term View on the Current Price Situation.” Tierney, a former K-State agricultural economics professor, has more than 35 years of experience as an agricultural economist. He has also worked for the USDA, Cargill, Doane Advisory Services, an international agribusiness consulting firm, a national brokerage firm, and served as a senior agricultural advisor for the U.S. government.

Lee (‘72 agronomy) and Margaret Scheufler will lead the general session, “A Conversation with a Kansas Producer.” They currently live on a no-till farm near Sterling, Kansas, where they grow nonirrigated crops in a five-year rotation.

John Floros, dean of the College of Agriculture and director of K-State Research and Extension, will address “Agriculture at K-State: Driving the State and the University Forward.” Floros has led the development of the College of Agriculture strategic plan for Vision 2025 and has led the college to record undergraduate and graduate enrollments.

Allen Featherstone, agricultural economics department head, and Mykel Taylor, assistant professor, will be discussing the Farm Financial Situation. Featherstone is recognized as a leading scholar in agricultural finance and has more than 120 articles published. Taylor focuses primarily on crop marketing and farm management. Some of her current research areas include measuring the basis risk for commodity grains, implications of certain labels on the meat demand, and Kansas land values.

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