August 8, 2023
Agriculture leaders and representatives from across the Lone Star state will gather Aug. 15 in College Station to discuss the next farm bill and celebrate 33 years of the Texas Ag Forum — an open, public discussion of issues affecting agriculture.
The Texas Ag Forum is a stakeholder-driven program in partnership with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.
Pat Westoff, director, Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute, University of Missouri, will speak at the 2023 Texas Ag Forum. (Photo by Shelley E. Huguley)
The forum will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at The George Hotel, 200 Century Court. Registration is $135 and covers lunch and breaks. Seating is limited. Registration is available online, or by calling 979-845-5913.
“The agenda is stacked with several key issues and featuring discussion led by experts from across the country who specialize in both row and specialty crops, livestock and agricultural law,” said Joe Outlaw, co-director of the Agricultural and Food Policy Center at Texas A&M University and AgriLife Extension economist, Bryan-College Station. “Several key issues will be discussed, including safety net changes and how those impact farmers across the country, as well as a farm bill that could have little or no new funding.”
The following is a schedule of topics and speakers:
Outlook for Agriculture and Implications for the Safety Net, Seth Meyer, U.S. Department of Agriculture chief economist, Washington.
The Projected Cost of Safety Net Changes, Justin Benavidez, House Committee on Agriculture chief economist, Washington.
Reflections of a Farm Bill Veteran – What’s Realistic, Pat Westhoff, director, Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute, University of Missouri.
What Commodity Program Changes Are the Most Pressing? – Outlaw.
Tiffany Dowell Lashmet, AgriLife Extension agricultural law specialist, will discuss, "What the Recent Supreme Court Rulings Mean for Texas Agriculture." (Photo by Shelley E. Huguley)
Wrangling Through a No New Money Farm Bill – Collin Peterson, Midwest Council of Agribusiness, Combest, Sell and Associates, Washington.
Potential Farm Bill Changes Impacting Livestock – Scott Brown, associate Extension professor, interim director of Rural and Farm Finance Policy Analysis Center, University of Missouri.
Update on the Work of USDA Equity Commission – Ron Rainey, professor and assistant vice president, University of Arkansas-Division of Agriculture, member of the USDA Equity Commission.
What the Recent Supreme Court Rulings Mean for Texas Agriculture – Tiffany Dowell Lashmet, AgriLife Extension agricultural law specialist, Amarillo.
Source: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, AgriLife Today
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