The 2014 Oklahoma State University Rural Outlook Economic Conference will focus on trends and expectations for the rural economy and agriculture. The annual conference will be held October 31 at the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center. Speakers and topics include:

  • Global Policies and Local Impacts:  Why the Grain and Livestock Markets Are Not About Population and GDP, Michael Swanson, Wells Fargo Bank N.A. Ag  Economist – Senior Vice President
  • Green Glacier: The Looming Threat to the Oklahoma Beef Industry and Rural Communities, Sam Fuhlendorf, OSU Natural Resource Ecology and Management Regents Professor and Groendyke Chair for Wildlife Conservation
  • Farm Bill Update, Jody Campiche, OSU Agricultural Economics Assistant Professor
  • Oklahoma Water Issues: Blue, Green, and Grey Water, Garey Fox, Interim Director, Oklahoma Water Resources Center, OSU Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Professor and Orville L. and Helen L. Buchanan Chair
  • Searching for a New Normal: US & Okla. Economies in Recovery, Larry Sanders, OSU Agricultural Economics Professor and Dave Shidler, OSU Agricultural Economics, Associate Professor

Outlook Panel:

  • Land Values, Rental Rates, Farm Characteristics, Damona Doye, OSU Agricultural Economics Regents Professor and Rainbolt Chair of Agricultural Finance
  • Grain Markets, Kim Anderson, OSU Agricultural Economics Professor Emeritus
  • Livestock Markets, Derrell Peel, OSU Agricultural Economics Charles Breedlove Professor

Registration is $50 before Oct. 24 and $70 at the door. Registration fee includes a reception on Thursday evening, breakfast, lunch and all breaks. To register online with credit card (http://orangehub.okstate.edu/), choose

Agricultural Economics store. For more information or to register with check, contact damona.doye@okstate.edu (405-744-9813) or kareta.casey@okstate.edu (405-744-9836).