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Food and Agribusiness Webinars

Webinar Series Produced by University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture

 

Host and Interviewer


Bobby Coats
Professor - Economics

University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture
Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness

Executive Producer


Mary Poling
Coordinator of Interactive Communications

University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture
Office of Information Technology

 

Upcoming Webinars:

Date: Thursday, Sept. 20th

Time: 3:00 PM CST

Title: Climate Change, CO2 and Rice Production in the 21st Century: Now what?

Description: Rice is widely recognized as a major caloric source globally. What challenges do rising carbon dioxide and climatic uncertainty pose for global rice production? From threats, to consequences; from challenges to promise, Dr. Lewis Ziska, former project leader for climate change at IRRI, will discuss a range of issues related to quantifiable and qualitative rice impacts; from pollen sterility, to increased weed pressures; but will also stress opportunities, with a focus on genetic and management adaptation.

Presenter: Dr. Ziska is a Plant Physiologist with the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service in Beltsville, Maryland. After graduating from the University of California, Davis, he began his career as a Smithsonian fellow, and then took up residence as the Project Leader for global climate change at the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines before joining USDA. Since joining USDA, Dr. Ziska has published over 100 peer-reviewed research articles related to climate change and rising carbon dioxide that address: (1) Agriculture and Food Security; (2) Weeds and weed management; (3) Invasive species; (4) Plant biology and public health.

Dr. Ziska is a contributor to the 2014 International Panel on Climate Change report (Food Security Chapter); the 2014 National Climate Assessment (Public Health Chapter); and most recently, The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment. His work has appeared in Scientific American, USA Today, CBS Nightly News, CBS’ Sunday Morning, National Geographic, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. He is the author of Weed Biology and Climate Change (with Jeff Dukes, Wiley Press) and the editor of Invasive Species and Global Climate Change (with Jeff Dukes, CABi Press). His most recent book is: Agriculture, Climate Change and Food Security in the 21st Century: Our Daily Bread, through Cambridge Scholars publishing.



Date: Thursday, Sept. 27th

Time: 3:00 PM CST

Title: Larger Supplies, More Competitive Prices, and Record Global Trade Are Projected to Boost U.S. Rice Exports in 2018/19

Description: The September 27 Webinar will analyze the most current USDA forecasts for both the U.S. and global rice markets. For the U.S., a substantial increase in supplies, more competitive prices, and record global import demand are expected to boost U.S. rice exports 13 percent. Despite larger exports, U.S. ending stocks are projected to increase 53 percent. In the world market, smaller crops in India and China are projected to pull global production down 1 percent from the 2017/18 record. World rice trade is projected to again reach a new record, led by increased demand from Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East, as well as by continued strong purchases by China.

Presenter: Dr. Ziska is a Plant Physiologist with the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service in Beltsville, Maryland. After graduating from the University of California, Davis, he began his career as a Smithsonian fellow, and then took up residence as the Project Leader for global climate change at the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines before joining USDA. Since joining USDA, Dr. Ziska has published over 100 peer-reviewed research articles related to climate change and rising carbon dioxide that address: (1) Agriculture and Food Security; (2) Weeds and weed management; (3) Invasive species; (4) Plant biology and public health.

Nathan Childs is an agricultural economist with USDA’s Economic Research Service. His current activities include managing ERS’ contribution to the rice situation and outlook program and supporting the Department’s annual Baseline forecasting activities. Nathan joined ERS in 1987. During his career, he has worked on a variety of topics including U.S. rice consumption patterns, global trade liberalization, farm program analysis, and supported emerging market projects to Taiwan, China, Vietnam, and Haiti. In the early 1990s, Nathan was editor of USDA’s weekly Agricultural Outlook magazine.