12/10/2005 1:50:55 AM
News Release Distributed 12/09/05
Keeping Louisiana’s agriculture and forestry industries competitive is the theme of the 2006 AgOutlook Conference Jan. 26-27 in Baton Rouge.
Now in its fourth year, this year’s conference will focus on agricultural globalization and international trade, as well as this year’s hurricane damage, commodity outlooks, agricultural policy and the 2007 farm bill.
"We started this conference and called it an Ag Crisis Summit after storms and other problems in 2003 meant many of the state’s farmers faced one of their worst years ever," said LSU AgCenter Chancellor William B. "Bill" Richardson. "But we learned many in the industry were very interested in coming together to plan for the future, so we renamed it the AgOutlook Conference and kept it going.
"Now, with the damage of this summer’s hurricanes, getting together to plan for the future of Louisiana’s agriculture and forestry industries is even more important this year."
Set for the Lod Cook Conference Center and Hotel and the Lod Cook Alumni Center on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge, the event is sponsored by the LSU AgCenter, the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation and the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry.
It will kick off with a reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 26 in the Lod Cook Alumni Center. Kelsey Short, director of the agriculture, forest and food technology cluster for Louisiana Economic Development, will be the featured speaker during that reception.
The half-day conference Jan. 27 also will feature a variety of national and international experts in such areas as economics, farm policy and international trade.
There is no fee for participating in the conference, but advance registration is required.
More details, electronic registration, hotel information and directions are available on the Web at www.lsuagcenter.com/2006agoutlook. Additional information also may be obtained by phoning Jamie Segar at (225) 578-0388 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Phone registration – for those who don’t have the capability of completing it on the Web – also can be accomplished by contacting Segar’s office.
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture