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K-State's Risk and Profit Conference set for Aug. 20 and 21


The theme is "Economics: Macro, Micro, Maddening," and the date is Aug. 20 and 21 for Kansas State University's 2009 Risk and Profit Conference and Trade Show. The conference will be at the K-State Alumni Center in Manhattan.

One of the event's three keynote speakers will be K-State's new president, Kirk Schulz. Prior to taking on his presidential role this summer, Schulz served on the faculty of Mississippi State University, most recently as vice president for research and economic development. He will discuss "The Future of Kansas State University in Addressing the Land Grant Mission" at the Risk and Profit Conference's final Aug. 21 luncheon.

Lon Frahm, a sixth generation farmer from Thomas County, Kan., will give the keynote address at the evening banquet Aug. 20. Frahm, who manages Frahm Farmland, also serves as chairman of the board for Midwest Energy and was recently named Farm Journal's 2009 Top Producer of the Year.

At the opening luncheon Aug. 20, Allen Featherstone, director of the Masters of Agribusiness program and a professor in K-State's Department of Agricultural Economics, will address the "Impacts of the Financial Market Crisis on the Agriculture Sector." Featherstone is a leading scholar in agricultural finance with international experience in conducting research and lecturing in Europe, Asia, Africa and South America.

The Risk and Profit Conference begins with registration Aug. 20 from 10:00-11:30 a.m., followed by lunch and the beginning of the program at 12:30 p.m.

Participants can choose from 20 breakout sessions, including such topics as:

--Why Producers Should Consider Managing Supply-Chain Risks;

--Interest Rates;

--Now You See It, Now You Don't--Why Packer Market Power Is So Elusive;

--Country of Origin Labeling;

--Commodity Swaps;

--Is Conservation Tillage Conserving Dollars in Your Pocket?

--A Deeper Look at No-Till on the Plains;

--The Obesity Epidemic--What It Means for Agriculture; and more.

The livestock and grain outlook presentations will lead off the Aug. 21 portion of the conference just after breakfast.

An early registration fee of $205 for the first person from an organization is due by Aug. 11. Subsequent attendees from the same organization can attend for $185 if payment is made by check. The fee for each participant registering after Aug. 11 is $230. The fee includes participation in all sessions; two lunches, one dinner and one breakfast; conference proceedings on CD; and parking.

Conference notebooks will be available for an additional fee, and numerous vendors will have displays at the Alumni Center.

More information, including a full lineup of conference breakout sessions and registration is available on the Web site: http://www.agmanager.info/events/risk_profit/2009.

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