The 2005 Kansas State University Risk and Profit Conference will be held Aug. 11-12 in Manhattan at the Kansas State Alumni Center.

The conference, 'Economics Makes You Money,' will feature presentations on key topics, including Extension marketing specialist James Mintert's economic outlook for the livestock industry.

Comedian Mark Mayfield will entertain attendees at the Thursday evening banquet. Mayfield is a motivational speaker who was raised on a farm and graduated magna cum laude with two degrees from Kansas State.

"Our department has always been involved in economic issues that affect agriculture. But farming decisions are becoming ever more crucial and we want to provide producers with information that helps give them an edge," says Terry Kastens, agricultural economist and conference coordinator.

An annual program highlight involves unveiling results of an informal producer survey conducted at the conference. It reveals farmers' thoughts on business goals, government programs and farming's future.

The conference fee is $160, if paid in advance– $185 at the door. It includes several meals and conference proceedings. Group discounts are available at $140 per person for groups of four or more paying with one check. For more information, call the Kansas State Extension Department of Agricultural Economics at (785) 532-1504 or (785) 532-5823. Details will be posted at (click on events) as they become available.