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K-State Master of Agribusiness offers professional development conference


The struggling economy, volatile markets and climate change are hot topics in the news and important pieces of the global puzzle, but how do these issues affect the agriculture and agribusiness industry? The K-State Master of Agribusiness is hosting an opportunity to hear from experts in the agribusiness industry on these timely topics.

The third MAB Professional Development Conference: The Global Agribusiness Puzzle, will be Aug. 27 and 28 in Kansas City, Mo., at the Embassy Suites Kansas City International Airport. The tentative agenda includes three key topics each addressed from multiple perspectives: effects of climate change regulation, issues with the economic recession, and managing risk in a volatile commodity market.

To open the event Aug. 27, Sara Wyant, president of Agri-Pulse Communications, will give an overview and update of cap and trade policy. A veteran farm policy reporter, her weekly newsletter provides an update on the politics of agriculture and rural policy. Other speakers on cap and trade include: Mike Frame, Energy Sales Director West Region, CHS, addressing the perspective of the energy industry; Rick Krause, American Farm Bureau, providing the perspective from the agriculture industry; and Guy Trafford, Professor, Lincoln University, discussing the lessons learned from Australia's cap and trade experience.

Sessions discussing issues of the economic recession will include an overview of the economic meltdown by Allen Featherstone, professor, Kansas State University, and its effect on agribusiness; Ken Keegan, senior vice president and Chief Risk Officer from Farm Credit Services of America will share the effects on the lending industry; and Terry Garvert, Specialty Foodgrains Team Leader Grain and Oilseed Supply Chain NA, Cargill, will provide an update on the effects of the economic recession on international trade.

The final topic addressed during the 2-day event will be managing risk in the current commodity market. Attendees will hear an overview of current markets. Joe Barker, Kansas City Branch Manager of Country Hedging will offer a trader's perspective; Dominic Melendez, Strategic Procurement Manager Raw Materials, Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc., will provide the agribusiness perspective; and Jane Lu Hsu, National Chung Hsing University in Taiwan will give an international market perspective.

In addition to hearing the latest on climate change, the recession and risk, there will be plenty of opportunity for networking with fellow agribusiness professionals. Dave Rock, Manager, Dealer Strategy, John Deere, is looking forward to gaining a greater understanding of these complex issues while networking.

"Why am I planning to attend this event? Developing successful strategies and actions requires an understanding of the multiple factors directly and indirectly impacting agribusiness. The presentations will provide an understanding of climate change regulation and the effects of the economic recession and recovery plans that will help me in developing valuable insights to apply in my decision making process. In addition, I look forward to networking with agribusiness professionals to learn from them as well," he said.

The event is open to agribusiness professionals interested in learning more about the current global agriculture industry. Registration fee for the conference is $200 and includes meals and materials.

Interested individuals can register and make hotel reservations online at www.mab.ksu.edu. This event is co-sponsored by AgCareers.com K-State's Master of Agribusiness is an award-winning, distance-education degree program that focuses on food and agribusiness management. Students and alumni work in every sector of the food and agribusiness industry and are located in more than 35 states within the United States and in 25 countries.

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