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Ag Profitability Conference in Downs Jan. 27


"The Making of an Economic Crisis" is the title of a presentation added to this year's Agricultural Profitability Conference to be held at Memorial Hall in Downs Jan. 27.

With the complexity of the current national and global economic climate, Vincent Amanor-Boadu, a visiting professor in agribusiness and strategy in K-State's Ag Economics Department has agreed to provide his perspective at this conference. He has recently written a paper titled, "A Perfect Storm in the Making of An Economic Crisis" addressing the causes of the current U.S. and global economic crisis and his thoughts on whether the government bailout will work.

Other topics at this popular conference include Mike Woolverton--Grain Outlook; Terry Kastens--Land Rents in the Face of Fluctuating Grain and Input Prices; Troy Dumler--Economics of the 2008 farm bill; Art Barnaby--Changes in Crop insurance; and Michael Langemeier--Long Run Trends in Farm Profitability and Farm Size.

This program is provided by K-State Research and Extension in cooperation with K-State's Department of Ag Economics and is hosted annually in North Central Kansas by Smith County Extension and Post Rock Extension District. Farm Credit of Central Kansas is the meal sponsor for 2009.

Registration is at 8:30 a.m., and the conference concludes at 2:45 p.m. There is no cost if pre-registered by Jan. 20; late registration or at the door is $10. Contact Smith County Extension at 785-282-6823 or any Post Rock District Office in Beloit at 785-738-3597 or for more information, agenda, and registration form, e-mail swick@ksu.edu or schapman@ksu.edu for more information.

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