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Cornhusker Economics Conference at Scottsbluff on Feb. 20


The fourth annual Cornhusker Economics Management and Outlook Conference, coming up in February at Scottsbluff and four other Nebraska locations, will cover key economic topics affecting farm management and production decisions for 2009.

The Scottsbluff session will take place from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., on Feb. 20 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Panhandle Research and Extension Center, 4502 Avenue I. The topics will be presented by UNL agricultural economic specialists, the Federal Reserve and ag lenders. It is sponsored by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension.

The morning session will focus on the fundamental outlook for agriculture in 2009, while the afternoon session will address the general economy and the policy outlook, including the new farm bill.

Agricultural producers must make decisions in an environment where economic and financial uncertainty are affecting market and credit conditions, and both input costs and commodity prices are extremely volatile. Add in the 2008 farm bill and the complex changes in the producer's farm income safety net, and there is no more important time to focus on the key economic issues and management decisions that producers face in 2009.

In addition to the Scottsbluff conference, the other dates and locations include Feb. 18 at Kearney (Buffalo County Extension office), Feb. 19 at Ogallala (Grey Goose Lodge), Feb. 23 at Nebraska City (Kimmel Education and Research Center), and Feb. 24 at Columbus (Dusters Restaurant).

Registration of $25 per person includes conference materials, refreshments, and the noon meal. Registrations are requested at least a week before the conference in order to plan meals. Registration and additional meeting info are available at: , by calling 800-535-3456, or e-mailing

Locally, call Tom Holman at the Scotts Bluff County Extension office, 308-632-1480,, or Paul Burgener, Panhandle R&E Center, 308-632-1230,

Presenters and topics include:

Commodity Outlook:

--Livestock (Darrell Mark): What is the outlook for the livestock market? How do I manage risk in the livestock operation?

--Crops (Paul Burgener): What is the outlook for the grain and oilseeds market? What are my marketing alternatives and challenges? How do I handle the production and risk management decisions?

--Inputs (Matt Stockton and Roger Wilson): What is the outlook for crop and livestock inputs in 2009? How do I manage price risk on inputs? How do I manage input costs and maintain profitability?

--Land (Bruce Johnson and Ben Blomendah): Has the land market landed? Where are cash rents headed? Are crop-share arrangements keeping pace with changing economics?

Panel Discussion: Questions and comments for the Commodity Outlook Session speakers.

Economic and Policy Outlook:

--General Economy (Federal Reserve Perspective and Lender Panel): Where is the general economy headed? Is the ag economy's fate tied to the general economy? How do I make financial management decisions in a more uncertain and volatile economy?

--Policy Outlook and the New Farm Bill (Brad Lubben): How is the new farm program being implemented and what decisions do I have to make? How will the new program affect my risk management decisions? How will agriculture fare under a new administration and new Congress?

--Panel Discussion: Questions and comments for the Economic and Policy Outlook Session speakers.


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