Food and Agribusiness Webinars
Webinar Series Produced by University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture
Host and Interviewer
Professor - Economics
University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture
Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness
Coordinator of Interactive Communications
University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture
Office of Information Technology
Date: Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019
Time: 3:00 PM CST
Title: Global Economy, Trade and Mother Nature Driving Agriculture Markets
Description: : Agriculture and rural America will face significant challenges in 2019-20 as the U.S. and global economies slow and trade uncertainties continue. Large commodity supplies and slowing demand growth will put much of the potential for market opportunities in the hands of mother nature as producers realign their acreage intentions. Financial stress in some regions and commodities is likely to continue and increase the focus on cost control, marketing strategies and realignments in food, fiber and agriculture supply chains.
Presenter: Terry Barr, a nationally recognized economist, is senior director for CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange Division, an information- and knowledge-sharing initiative created in 2009. Knowledge Exchange draws on the expertise & insights of customers, experts within the bank and people from across the Farm Credit System to develop industry-specific strategic information & research. Dr. Barr’s principal focus is assessing the interactions between the U.S. & global economy and the global food, energy, fiber and agriculture markets. Particular emphasis is placed on factors shaping the rapid structural transformation of U.S. agriculture and agribusiness and the implications for commodity markets, trade, farmer cooperatives and rural infrastructure. Previously, Dr. Barr served as chief economist for the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives in Washington, DC. Prior to joining NCFC, Terry held several positions during a 14-year tenure at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He served as chairman of the World Agricultural Outlook Board, which is responsible for coordinating USDA’s commodity forecasts and for publishing its monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates. He also served in the Office of the Secretary of Agriculture as director of economic analysis, where he prepared economic analyses and assessments of the impacts of alternative farm policy options & decisions. Terry holds a doctorate in economics from Washington State University.
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM CST
Title: The Rice Market Outlook: the Long and Short Term of it with Emphasis on the big Rice Picture
Description: We are coming through a tough period for rough rice: the longest shutdown in US history, interminable rainy periods, not much land prep so far, record cold days, unprecedented trade war with China, nothing is profitable to grow now, some record low volatility readings, not so bullish bean price, uncertain rice plantings. All this spells “rice bottom” but the real answer is to have an action plan that improves your average return with high or low prices you will face during the spring. Watch closely South America, Asia not so much.
Presenter: Milo Hamilton, President & Founder Firstgrain. Milo Hamilton is an agricultural economist by training and president and founder of Firstgrain, an advisory service for the world rice industry. Previously, he ran one of the largest rice buying teams for retail food products in the world. Mr. Hamilton has been involved, in one way or another, in the rice markets for 33 years. He has been instrumental in the birth and development of the CME Group rice futures contract in Chicago. He has served on the boards of many rice associations, advises customers throughout the global rice marketing chain, and is senior editor of the weekly publication, the Firstgrain Rice Market Strategist. As a global authority on rice, world wire services regularly quote his ideas. Mr. Hamilton has written many articles for various agricultural publications. His expert viewpoints have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, CNN, Reuters, Dow Jones and DTN The Progressive Farmer news services. Over the years, Mr. Hamilton has spoken at many conferences both within the U.S. and abroad about the market outlook for rice. He is passionate and knowledgeable, a true storyteller. Milo Hamilton lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, Jan, and his little Pomeranian, Penney. He is surrounded by his children and their families.
Date: Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM CST
Title: Climate Change and Food Security: Challenges and Solutions.
Description: : Energy, climate and water have been an integral part of food security in the 20th century. The reliance of modern agriculture on these three parameters is the basis for the green revolution paradigm. This paradigm requires cheap energy (i.e. fertilizer), available water (i.e. irrigation), and a stable climate in order to provide the food, fiber and fuel needs for a population of approximately 7 billion people. Unfortunately, it is increasingly clear that all three parameters are changing rapidly and unpredictably. Consequently the ability to maintain, not only the current food supply (principally cereals), but to meet the caloric needs of the additional 2 billion individuals anticipated by 2040 is quickly being recognized as a global “stress test” of science and agriculture. Here I will overview both the direct (water, climate) and indirect (nutrition, pollinators) factors that are likely to contribute to changes in cereal productivity. In addition, I will outline a set of probable strategies that can, potentially, address these challenges; including polyculture, energy efficiency, CO2 breeding and improved pest management.
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.