Kansas State University’s Department of Agricultural Economics will host its annual Risk and Profit Conference and trade show Aug. 18-19 at the Kansas State University Alumni Center in Manhattan.

Conference topics change every year in keeping with key issues agricultural producers face in any given year, according to Allen Featherstone, Kansas State professor in agricultural economics.

This year’s conference will feature two keynote addresses. Fred Seamon, associate director of commodity research and product development with the CME Group will present “Hedging in 2011: What’s Changed and What Remains the Same” at the Aug. 18 luncheon. Kent and Rebecca Ott, longtime agricultural producers from south central Kansas will provide “A Conversation with a Kansas Producer” following the Aug. 19 breakfast.

At the CME Group, Seamon is responsible for conducting research on the structure and performance of commodity markets, which is used to monitor the performance of and maintain the viability of CME Group commodity futures and options contract markets.

He has been involved in the creation of the CBOT Ethanol futures contract and the accompanying Ethanol Calendar Swap, as well as the creation of cleared-only
agricultural swap products.

Kent and Rebecca Ott have been \ farming for over 30 years along with Kent's parents. They grow wheat, soybeans, corn and grain sorghum.

Thursday evening, Kansas State agricultural economists Dan O’Brien and Glynn Tonsor will present this year’s grain and livestock outlooks.  

Conference participants also may attend eight of 21 breakout sessions. All conference presentations, however, will be included on a compact disk that will be included as part of registration.

Breakout session topics include everything from crop insurance volatility to machinery costs.

Presentations also will include land prices, biofuels contracting, using spreadsheets to manage expenses and the basics of futures and options. 

The conference will feature a trade show with displays by agri-businesses and commodity groups.

Registration for both days is $210 for the first registration and $190 for each additional registration from the same organization, if paid by Aug. 12. One day registration if paid by Aug. 12 is $120 for the first registration and $110 for additional registrations from the same organization.

After Aug. 12 and at the door, the fee is $230 for both days and $140 for one day.

Complete information about the 2011 Risk and Profit Conference, including a list of all breakout session topics and presenters and is available online.

Source: Kansas State University