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July 15, 2014
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K-State Risk & Profit Conference Set for Aug. 21-22

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‘Impact of Chinese Reforms on U.S. Agriculture’ is Keynote Address 

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Reforms in densely-populated China and their implications for U.S. agriculture will take center stage as part of Kansas State University’s Risk & Profit Conference. The topic, along with an array of others is part of the annual event this year set for Thursday and Friday, Aug. 21-22 at the K-State Alumni Center in Manhattan.

In a keynote address, Dermot Hayes, Pioneer Hi-Bred International Chair in Agribusiness and professor of economics and finance at Iowa State University will present “Impact of Chinese Reforms on U.S. Agriculture.” Hayes, a native of the Republic of Ireland, heads the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development and is co-director of the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute, a research center administered by CARD at Iowa State and the University of Missouri.

China has the world’s largest population, estimated at 1.355 billion people as of July, 2014, according to estimates by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. That compares with India at 1.236 billion, the United States at 319 million and Russia at 142 million.

The Risk & Profit Conference also features “A Conversation with a Kansas Producer,” this year featuring Michael Springer, who farms, raises hogs and works to educate the public about what farmers do to raise healthy, quality food. As an Operation Main Street speaker for the Kansas Pork Association, he talks to school groups and civic organizations and is currently on the Kansas State Board of Agriculture.

Other conference highlights include “Livestock Market Outlook” by Glynn Tonsor, livestock marketing specialist and a “Grain Market Outlook” by Dan O’Brien, grain marketing specialist, both with K-State Research and Extension.

Eighteen breakout sessions presented by K-State Department of Agricultural Economics faculty, include such topics as the 2014 Farm Bill; Competitive Position of the Black Sea Region in World Wheat Export Markets; Understanding Basis and the Forward Contract for Kansas Wheat; Short-Dated Options Strategies; Land Values in Kansas; Economics of Beef-Cow Herd Expansion; and Characteristics of Kansas Pasture Lease Agreements.

A complete list of presentation topics, along with online registration and more information is available at Kansas State University’s Risk & Profit Conference. The fee for the full two days is $200 if paid by Aug. 15, and $225 after that date. One-day registrations are $125 per person by Aug. 15; $150 after that date. Registration includes conference materials plus lunch, a social with cash bar and dinner on Aug. 21 and light breakfast and lunch on Aug. 22.

More information is also available by contacting Rich Llewelyn at rvl@k-state.edu or 785-532-1504.


K-State Research and Extension is a short name for the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, a program designed to generate and distribute useful knowledge for the well-being of Kansans. Supported by county, state, federal and private funds, the program has county Extension offices, experiment fields, area Extension offices and regional research centers statewide. Its headquarters is on the K-State campus, Manhattan.

Story by: Mary Lou Peter
K-State Research & Extension News

Rich Llewelyn - 785-532-1504 or rvl@k-state.edu