Sandra Fiser, Segar, Jamie, Merrill, Thomas A. | 4/19/2005 10:29:13 PM
Louisiana farmers and agribusiness leaders will address ways to keep Louisiana’s agriculture and forestry competitive at the 2005 AgOutlook Conference Jan. 12-13 in Baton Rouge.
This third annual conference is an outgrowth of what was originally called an Ag Crisis Summit in 2003 and then continued addressing the future of agriculture in a similar meeting in 2004.
The 2005 event will operate under the theme of "Keeping Louisiana’s Agriculture and Forestry Competitive" and will be held at the Cook Conference Center and Hotel on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge.
"We started this conference 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 what we’ve found is that many in the industry are very interested in coming together to plan for the future, and these conferences give us a chance to do that."
The 2005 AgOutlook Conference will feature a variety of national and international experts in foreign trade, agricultural policy and commodity futures.
It will open with a reception from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Jan. 12 at the Lod Cook Alumni Center on the LSU campus and continue with a full day of educational sessions and discussions on Jan. 13.
There is no fee for participating in the conference, but advance registration is required. Registration details, hotel information and directions are available on the Web at www.lsuagcenter.com/2005agoutlook. Additional information also may be obtained by phoning Jamie Segar at (225) 578-0388 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The conference is sponsored by the LSU AgCenter, Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation and the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry.
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture