THE 11TH ANNUAL Arkansas State University Agribusiness Conference will be held Feb. 16 in the ASU Fowler and Convocation Centers in Jonesboro, Ark. On-site registration begins at 8 a.m. in the Fowler Center. Lunch will be served in the Convocation Center at noon. Afternoon sessions end at 3:30 p.m.

The 2004 conference will focus on agricultural trade policy and its impact on producers, consumers, and agribusiness. The conference also includes commodity specific market information in the afternoon sessions, plus sessions on precision agriculture and farm business legal issues.

The general session on agricultural trade policy will feature four presentations. Timothy Jossling of the Stanford Institute for International Studies will discuss how the current round of WTO negotiations will impact U.S. trade and agricultural policy. William Gillon will discuss the WTO ruling on U.S. cotton subsidies and the implications of the ruling for future U.S. farm policy. Bob Stallman, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation, will give his organization's view of trade policy issues. The Hon. Maurice McTigue, a former New Zealand parliament member, cabinet minister, and ambassador, will describe agricultural trade policy from an international point of view in the general session, and during the luncheon address will discuss lessons learned from reforming government agricultural policy in New Zealand.

Continuing education credits are available according to guidelines of the Arkansas State Board of Public Accountancy, the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers, the American Society of Agricultural Consultants, and the Arkansas Certified Crop Advisors program.

Admission to the conference is free, but luncheon reservations are limited to the first 600 who register. Additional conference information and on-line registration are available on the College of Agriculture Web site, http://agri.astate.edu.