Registration is open for Cornell’s 2015 Agribusiness Economic Outlook Conference, featuring the national outlook by economist Steven Kyle, a panel discussion on agricultural entrepreneurship and a session about labor challenges in the apple industry. It will be held Dec. 9 in Warren Hall, hosted by Cornell’s Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management.
For his 2015 national outlook, Kyle, associate professor in the Dyson School, will forecast continued economic growth in the United States as the real estate market recovers and consumers continue to spend. As the unemployment rate continues to drop through next year, he sees industrial production prompting more investment spending by business. Kyle says that infrastructure spending needs attention and if Congress were to act this could provide a boost to strong growth rates.
Marc Smith, senior extension associate at the Dyson School, will moderate a panel on agricultural entrepreneurship with panelists Bill Morgan, chairman, Cayuga Milk Ingredients, Union Springs, New York; Christopher Noble, general manager, Craig’s Station Ventures, Linwood, New York; and Nathan Rudgers, director, Business Development, Farm Credit East, Rochester, New York.
Afternoon sessions include:
- Grain and Feed Outlook, Loren Tauer, professor, Dyson School;
- Outlook for Dairy, Mark Stephenson, director of dairy policy analysis, University of Wisconsin-Madison;
- Outlook for Dairy Policy, Andrew Novakovic, the E.V. Baker Professor, Dyson School;
- Fruit and Vegetable Situation and Outlook, Brad Rickard, assistant professor, Dyson School;
- Grape, Wine and Ornamental Situation and Outlook, Miguel Gómez, associate professor, Dyson School; and
- Addressing Labor Challenges on New York Apple Farms, Thomas Maloney, senior extension associate, Dyson School.
Registration is $65. (After Dec. 1, registration is $80. For Cornell faculty and staff, registration is $30.)
For further information and registration, go the 2015 Agribusiness Economic Outlook Conference website.