Cattle Market Future To Be Discussed

Denise Coolman  |  4/25/2005 10:47:14 PM

News Release Distributed 01/09/04

MONROE – The future of the Louisiana cattle market will be discussed during the AgOutlook Conference scheduled for Jan. 15 in Monroe.

Dr. 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 – formally known as Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) – 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 has been with the LSU AgCenter since 1974.

Other speakers for the conference include:

  • Dr. 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.
  • Dr. Kurt M. Guidry, Dr. Lynn Kennedy and Dr. Michael E. Salassi from the LSU AgCenter’s Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness.
  • Dr. Cynthia Pilcher, an area agent for the LSU AgCenter’s Community Economic Development program.
  • A group of panelists for a discussion of Natural Resource Based Land Use – 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 Dr. 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 will cover 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


Writer: A. Denise Coolman at (318) 644-5865 or

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