Livestock and grain outlook, plus ‘Conversation with a Kansas Producer’ among highlights

Matt Erickson, chief economist with the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee, will give his perspective on the next farm bill at Kansas State University’s Risk & Profit Conference set for Aug. 17-18 in Manhattan at the K-State Alumni Center.
Prior to his current post, Erickson was an economist with the American Farm Bureau Federation, specializing in issues related to big data, budget and farm bill policy, and energy markets.


This year’s K-State Risk & Profit Conference, themed “The Ag Economy – New Farm Bill and A Lot More,” starts with registration at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 17. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. and the program at 12:15 p.m.


Bill Came, president of Came Farms, Inc., will provide his insight on current farming conditions during, “A Conversation with a Kansas Producer” and K-State Research and Extension agricultural economics specialists Glynn Tonsor and Dan O’Brien will give their outlooks on the livestock and grain markets, respectively.


The two-day conference includes 19 breakout sessions ranging from ethanol and biodiesel market prospects to non-convergence in futures markets to replacing farm equipment. Kansas land values, cattle price discovery, proposed cuts to crop insurance, and farm diversification are among the topics to be covered.


More information about all of the sessions and speakers, plus online registration is available at Information is also available by contacting Rich Llewelyn at or 785-532-1504.
Senate ag committee chief economist to speak at K-State Risk & Profit Conference