The third Master of Agribusiness Professional Development Conference will be held Aug. 27‐28 in Kansas City, Mo. at the Embassy Suites ‐ International Airport. The conference will examine topics such as the struggling economy, volatile markets and climate change. 

Kansas State University’s Master of Agribusiness, host of the conference, is a distance‐education degree program that focuses on food and agribusiness management. The tentative agenda for the conference includes three key topics each addressed from multiple perspectives: effects of climate change regulation, issues with the economic recession, and managing risk in a volatile commodity market.

To open the event on Thursday afternoon, Sara Wyant, President of Agri‐Pulse Communications, will give an overview and update of cap and trade policy. A veteran farm policy reporter, her weekly newsletter provides an update on the politics of agriculture and rural policy.

Other speakers on cap and trade include: Mike Frame, Energy Sales Director ‐ West Region, CHS, addressing the perspective of the energy industry; Rick Krause, American Farm Bureau, providing the perspective from the agriculture industry; and Guy Trafford, Professor, Lincoln University, discussing the lessons learned from Australia’s cap & trade experience.

Sessions discussing issues of the economic recession will include an overview of the economic meltdown by Allen Featherstone, Professor, Kansas State University, and its effect on agribusiness; Ken Keegan, Senior Vice President & Chief Risk Officer from Farm Credit Services of America will share the effects on the lending industry; and Terry Garvert, Specialty Foodgrains Team Leader ‐ Grain and Oilseed Supply Chain NA, Cargill, will provide an update on the effects of the economic recession on international trade.

The final topic addressed during the 2‐day event will be managing risk in the current commodity market. In addition to hearing the latest on climate change, the recession and risk, there will be plenty of opportunity for networking with fellow agribusiness professionals.

The event is open to agribusiness professionals interested in learning more about the current global agriculture industry. Registration fee for the conference is $200 and includes meals and materials.

Interested individuals can register and make hotel reservations online. This event is co‐sponsored by AgCareers.com