A one-day forum on food and fuel uses of grain is scheduled for Oct. 23 in Kansas City, Mo. The event, sponsored by the Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City, is scheduled from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the American Royal, located at 1701 American Royal Court, Kansas City, MO. Lunch will be provided.

The event will be moderated by Mike Adams of Agri-Talk and will feature nationally-recognized speakers including:

Keynoter: Morton Sosland, editor-in-chief, Sosland Publishing Company
Economic overview: Randy Schnepf, specialist in agricultural policy, Congressional Research Service
Biofuels proponents: Ken McCauley, chairman, National Corn Growers Association and Blake Hurst, vice president, Missouri Farm Bureau Federation
Food use proponents: Robb MacKie, president, American Bakers Association, and Dan Gustafson, director, North American Liaison Office, Food and Agriculture Organization.

The event is co-hosted by the AgriBusiness Club of St. Louis; the Agri-Business Council of Wichita; the St. Joseph Area Chamber of Commerce Agribusiness Committee; Sosland Publishing; and Vance Publishing.

“The rapid emergence of bio fuels has brought changes to the agricultural economy that may be unrivaled dating back to the introduction of McCormick’s reaper,” said Bob Petersen, chairman of the Agricultural Business Council. “This trend has a huge impact on agricultural and food businesses as well as academic and research institutions right here in the Heartland and surrounding states.”

The goal of the forum is to lead to a greater understanding of differing perspectives of the food and fuel discussion. The event costs $75 per person. Online information and registration is available at http://agribusinesscouncilofkc.com.

Source: Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City