The 9th annual Cornhusker Economics Outlook meeting series will focus on the agricultural outlook and management decisions for farmers and ranchers at nine locations across the state March 3 to 7. The annual meeting series is offered by University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension and the Department of Agricultural Economics. The meetings are free to participants with the support of the Nebraska Corn Board and Great Western Bank, plus several local sponsors.
The outlook meetings are scheduled for a concise, fast-paced discussion of crop, livestock, policy, and land outlook:
•Kate Brooks, Extension livestock economist at UNL, will provide outlook and analysis for beef and other livestock producers. Her expertise is in market analysis and production economics, and she recently led a study of livestock industry trends in Nebraska and opportunities for growth. She will address emerging livestock market fundamentals, meat supplies and meat demand to assess producer profit potential and sound marketing and production decisions in 2014.
•Cory Walters is a new Extension crop economist at UNL, arriving in Lincoln in January from the University of Kentucky. His expertise is in crop marketing and risk management. He has conducted l research on crop marketing and crop insurance strategies and decisions. Walters brings experience from both Kentucky and a farm background in Montana to his new role in Nebraska. He will discuss the outlook for corn, soybeans and wheat to help producers make sound production, marketing and risk management decisions.
•Brad Lubben, Extension policy specialist at UNL, will provide perspectives on the policy environment in Washington and the status of farm bill developments. With the efforts of Congress in January, producers should finally be able to look ahead to farm program decisions instead of continuing deliberations. Lubben will discuss the policy outlook and program alternatives to help producers effectively combine farm programs, crop insurance and marketing strategies for success.
•Local UNL Extension educators will provide additional input during the outlook meetings with a discussion of current land and leasing economics. With the recent climb of land prices and rental rates running into declining crop price and profitability projections for 2014, producers will need to push an even sharper pencil on land decisions and production plans. This presentation will assess current developments and decisions for producers in land and leasing economics.
This outlook agenda is packaged into a 2-½-hour format to provide producers the best available information and send them home to ready to make 2014 management and marketing decisions. The series runs from March 3 to March 7 and varies in time by location.
Review the following list for exact locations, dates and times. Contact the local Extension office and educator to register for the meetings. Although there is no cost to participants, pre-registration is encouraged to plan for facilities, refreshments and materials.
Hastings: March 3, 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. (CST), Adams County Fairgrounds. Contact Ron Seymour, UNL Extension. educator, Adams County, at 402-461-7209 or e-mail: [email protected].
Gothenburg: March 3, 2:30 p.m.-5 p.m. (CST), Monsanto Learning Center. Contact Bruce Treffer, UNL Extension educator, Dawson County, at 308-324-5501 or e-mail: [email protected], or contact Chuck Burr, UNL Extension educator, West Central Research and Extension Center, at 308-696-6783 or e-mail: [email protected].
Sidney: March 4, 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. (MST), Holiday Inn. Contact Karen DeBoer, UNL Extension educator, Cheyenne County, at 308-254-4455, or e-mail: [email protected].
Chadron: March. 5, 2:30 p.m.-5 p.m. (MST), location not available at press time. Contact Jaime Goffena, UNL Extension educator, Sioux County, at 308-432-3373, or e-mail: [email protected], or Jessica Johnson, UNL Extension educator, Panhandle Research and Extension Center, at 308-632-1247, or e-mail: [email protected].
Valentine: March 5, Valentine, 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. (CST), location not available at press time. Contact Jay Jenkins, UNL Extension educator, Cherry County, at 402-376-1850, or e-mail: [email protected].
O'Neill: March 5, 2:30 p.m.-5 p.m. (CST), Holt County Annex. Contact: Gary Stauffer and Amy Timmerman, UNL Extension educators, Holt/Boyd Counties, at 402-336-2760, or, e-mail: [email protected] or [email protected].
West Point: March 6, 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. (CST), Nielsen Community Center. Contact Larry Howard, UNL Extension educator, Cuming County, at 402-372-6006 or e-mail: [email protected].
March 6, Lincoln, 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. (CST), Lancaster County Extension Office. Contact Paul Hay, UNL Extension educator: Gage County office, at 402-223-1384, or e-mail: [email protected].
Nebraska City: March 7, 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. (CST), Kimmel Education and Research Center. Contact Monte Vandeveer, UNL Extension educator, Otoe County, at 402-269-2301 or e-mail: [email protected].More information and details on the meetings are available on the web at the Department of Agricultural Economics homepage at http://agecon.unl.edu or directly at the webpage with meeting information at http://agecon.unl.edu/ceo. Register by contacting the local Extension office listed for each location. You can also contact Brad Lubben at 402-472-2235 or any one of the Extension educators listed with the meeting locations for additional information.