Arkansas State University Agribusiness Conference


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Phone: (870) 972-2416

Location: Fowler Center

Address: 201 Olympic Drive, Jonesboro, AR

Arkansas State University’s annual Agribusiness Conference, now in its 29th year, continues to provide timely information and agricultural policy education to farmers, agribusiness professionals, students and educators across the Mid-South.

This year’s conference, on Wednesday, Feb. 8, will focus on the global economy, agricultural policy and the next farm bill, the U.S. macroeconomic situation, and agricultural commodity markets.

On-site registration opens at 7:30 a.m. in A-State’s Fowler Center, 201 Olympic Drive. Lunch will be served at noon in the First National Bank Arena, 217 Olympic Drive. Afternoon sessions end at 3 p.m.

The morning general session features three speakers:

  • Dan Basse, president of AgResource Company, will discuss global agricultural markets and their impact on U.S. agriculture.
  • Joe Outlaw, co-director of the Texas A&M Agricultural and Food Policy Center, and Mary Kay Thatcher, senior lead for federal government relations for Syngenta, will discuss the economics and politics of agricultural policy and the next farm bill.
  • The noon luncheon features Christopher J. Waller, a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, who will discuss the U.S. economy and the Federal Reserve System.

Afternoon concurrent sessions cover the situation and outlook for rice, cotton, and animal protein markets.

The conference qualifies for continuing education credits according to the guidelines of the Arkansas State Board of Public Accountancy, Arkansas Certified Crop Advisors and Arkansas Agricultural Consultants, and the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers.

Admission to the conference and luncheon is free, but pre-registration is encouraged. Detailed conference information and online registration are available at To register by phone, one may contact the College of Agriculture, (870) 972-2416, or


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