Every day presents opportunities and challenges in agriculture. Kansas State University’s Risk & Profit Conference is a place to hear updated information Aug. 22-23 on topics ranging from big decisions farmers and ranchers must make under the new Farm Bill to the latest on trade conflicts and their effect on agriculture; income tax updates; farmland values and much more.
The 2019 conference, Policy Perplexity: Farm Bill, Trade and Profitability starts with registration at 10:30 a.m. and lunch beginning at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 22 at the K-State Alumni Center in Manhattan.
Sara Wyant, president of Agri-Pulse Communications will give the keynote address following the opening luncheon. Her newsletter and website, Agri-Pulse, features updates on farm policy, commodity and conservation programs, trade, food safety, rural development and environmental programs.
The afternoon offers breakout sessions on a variety of topics, followed by a social and prime rib dinner, plus “A Conversation with a Producer.” This year’s conversation is with Phil and Sharron Knox, fourth generation farmers in the family business.
Friday’s conference lineup includes a “Grain Market Situation and Outlook” and “Beef Cattle Market Outlook” plus more breakout sessions and lunch.
Nineteen breakout topics are planned, including:
- “Weathering the Storm in Agriculture: Developing Skills to Cope with Farm Stress”
- “Predicting Fertilizer Prices”
- “KFMA Cow-Calf Management Data Collection Results”
- “Comparing Willingness to Supply and Willingness to Pay for Cattle Traceability”
- “The Effect of Wind Turbines, Groundwater Stocks and Irrigation on Land Values”
- “Farm Finance Update”