AMARILLO–If the devil is in the details, then the 2002 Ag Outlook and Marketing Strategies Conference on Feb. 12 will showcase much of what’s ahead with pricing, markets, and pending farm bill legislation, among other issues, according to Steve Amosson, agricultural management economist with Texas Cooperative Extension.
The conference, hosted by Extension, will be held at the Texas A&M University Agricultural Research and Extension Center, 6500 Amarillo Boulevard West. Early registration is recommended.
A $50 per person fee includes materials and lunch. Participants may pay at the door, but lunch or materials cannot be guaranteed without an advance registration.
The conference is part of the nationally recognized Master Marketer program, which helps producers learn how to market their farm commodities more effectively. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and the program starts at 9 a.m.
Noted author and speaker Wayne Purcell, director at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University’s Livestock Pricing Research Institute, will headline the afternoon program.
“We’re pleased to offer speakers of Dr. Purcell’s caliber as part of our highly specialized Master Marketer educational system,” Amosson said.
Purcell’s address will cover the cattle market outlook with an overview on the technical signals and marketing strategies for all agricultural markets.
The morning session will feature Extension economists from Texas A&M University at College Station. Dr. Mark Waller will present the 2002 wheat and feed grains outlook, followed by Dr. Carl Anderson with the year’s cotton outlook. Dr. Joe Outlaw will conclude the first segment with an update on the current farm bill situation and the implications of the versions being considered.
Additional sponsors include Texas Corn Producers Board, Texas Wheat Producers Board, Texas Farm Bureau, Texas’ State Cotton Support Committee, and Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Association.
For more information and forms for registration, contact your Extension county office or Fran Bretz or Amosson at (806) 359-5401.