Ken Wegenhoft, professor in the LSU AgCenter’s Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, will talk about the Beef Cattle Market Situation and Outlook, in light of the recent case of mad cow disease reported in Washington state.

Wegenhoft’s areas of expertise include farm financial analysis and management, beef cattle economics, farm computers, agricultural statistics, cost of production and general farm management.

He is a 1967 graduate of Texas A&M University who continued his education at Michigan State University where he graduated with a master’s degree in 1970. He got his doctorate degree from Oklahoma State University in 1975 and joined the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service in December 1974.

Other speakers for the conference include:

  • Edward G. Smith, associate director for agricultural and natural resource sciences for Texas Cooperative Extension Service.
  • Wade Camp, director of information services for the Southern Forest Products Association.
  • Nathan W. Childs, an agricultural economist working as the senior domestic and international rice market analyst for USDA's Economic Research Service in Washington, DC.
  • James Johnson, senior cotton analyst for the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service.
  • Kurt M. Guidry, with the LSU AgCenter’s Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness.

  • Lynn Kennedy with the LSU AgCenter’s Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness.
  • Michael E. Salassi with the LSU AgCenter’s Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness.
  • Cynthia Pilcher, an area agent for the LSU AgCenter’s Community Economic Development program.
  • Panelists for a Natural Resource Based Land Use discussion are: David Paulk, a Catahoula Parish producer; Lannie Philley, vice president of Delta Land & Farm Management Co., LLC; Wes Newman, a Concordia Parish producer; Maurice C. Wolcott a research associate in LSU AgCenter’s Department of Plant Pathology, and Ralph D. Bagwell, an associate professor of entomology-cotton pest management for the LSU AgCenter.
The conference, which will precede the opening of AgExpo 2004 in Monroe, will give Louisiana farmers and agribusiness leaders an opportunity to continue discussing issues facing agriculture and working toward solutions to the problems they face.

In addition to discussing the future of the cattle industry, the 2004 AgOutlook Conference look at topics such as payment limitations, international trade, commodity outlooks, alternative land uses and precision agriculture.

It is sponsored by the LSU AgCenter, North Louisiana Agri-Business Council, Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation, Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, Louisiana Cattlemen’s Association and Bayer CropScience.

There is no registration fee for participating in the AgOutlook conference, but advance registration is required. To register or obtain additional information, visit the conference Web site at www.lsuagcenter.com/2004agoutlook/.

A. Denise Coolman is a writer for the LSU AgCenter.

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