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Farm bill, trade issues to headline Texas Ag Forum

Forum speakers to discuss the sensitivity of commodity prices to changes in exports and the outlook for U.S. meats, grains and fibers.

Blair Fannin

March 7, 2019

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An overview of the new farm bill along with price and trade outlook on a variety of agricultural commodities will be featured at the 2019 Texas Ag Forum scheduled March 19 at the Hilton Austin Airport, 9515 Hotel Drive in Austin.

For more than 31 years, the Texas Ag Forum has increased stakeholder knowledge of policy and market issues important to Texas agricultural producers and commodity leaders by providing informative analysis, said Dr. Joe Outlaw, Texas Ag Forum secretary and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist, College Station.

“We will be covering the major changes in the new farm bill as well as a comprehensive trade outlook for both crops and livestock products,” Outlaw said. “This will include a look at the sensitivity of commodity prices to changes in exports and both short and long-term views on trade and outlook for U.S. meats, grains and fibers.”

Scheduled speakers include:

  • U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, R Kansas, update on Washington.

  • Gary Six, Texas state executive director of U.S. Department of AgricultureFarm Service Agency, College Station, update on Texas Farm Service Agency.

  • Bart Fischer, deputy staff director and chief economist, U.S. House Agriculture Committee, Washington, 2018 Farm Bill development and details.

  •  Erin Borrer, U.S. Meat Export Federation economist, Denver, global red meat trade and where the U.S. could expand.

  • Lyndsey Erb, director of industry relations, U.S. Grains Council, Washington, outlook for U.S. feedgrain exports.

  • Jason Hafemeister, USDA Trade Counsel, USDAOffice of the Secretary, Washington, long-term view on trade prospects.

  • Pat Westhoff, Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute director, University of Missouri, sensitivity of commodity prices to exports.

Advanced registration is $150 prior to March 15 and covers attendance and meals. Same day registration is $175. To register, call either the Texas Agricultural Cooperative Council (512) 450-0555 and ask for Christy Lewis or the Agricultural and Food Policy Center (979) 845-5913. Once registered, payment can be received by mail or in person at the event. Payment can be mailed in care of Agricultural and Food Policy Center, Department of Agricultural Economics, 351 AGLS Building, 2124 TAMU, College Station, Texas 77843-2124.

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