Cornhusker Economics Outlook

Cornhusker Economics Outlook

The 2016 Cornhusker Economics Outlook meeting series will focus on the ag outlook and management decisions for Nebraska farmers and ranchers at four locations across the state. The annual meeting series is offered by University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of Agricultural Economics and Market Journal.

The meetings are free to participants, but pre-registration is encouraged to plan for facilities, refreshments, and materials.

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Jay Parsons Extension economist at UNL will set the stage for the meeting agenda with a discussion of key farm and ranch management issue and will return to close the conference with management lessons and decisions to take home. Parsons will draw on his expertise in risk management to incorporate the marketing, production, policy, and financial discussion into risk management decisions and strategies for producers for 2017.

Tina Barrett director of Nebraska Farm Business, Inc. will keynote the meeting and discuss the farm financial outlook and financial management decisions ahead for producers. Building on data from hundreds of farm cooperators in NFBI, Barrett will focus on the current financial position and trends for Nebraska agriculture and the financial management challenges and decisions facing producers, with a focus on budgeting and cost control.

The Nebraska Department of Agriculture has partnered with the UNL Department of Agricultural Economics on recent survey research regarding farm finance and will address the results and implications of the survey as well as programs and opportunities for producers.

Jeff Wilkerson, host of Market Journal, will convene an ag outlook panel featuring Cory Walters, Extension crop economist at UNL Brad Lubben, Extension policy specialist at UNL, and a livestock economist to be named. The panel will discuss the current price environment and market outlook for Nebraska crop and livestock producers as well as the policy outlook, with implications for production, marketing and risk management decisions in the year ahead.

Al Dutcher, Extension Agricultural Climatologist and Market Journal regular, will discuss the weather and climate outlook, providing producers valuable information not just for the near term, but also for longer-run decisions and strategies.


Monday, Nov. 28, 1 – 4 p.m. CST
Holiday Inn
110 Second Avenue
Kearney, NE 68847

Tuesday, Nov. 29, 9 a.m. – 12:00 noon MST
Country Inn and Suites
664 Chase Boulevard
Sidney, NE 69162

Thursday, Dec. 1, 1 – 4 p.m. CST
Lifelong Learning Center
701 E. Benjamin Avenue
Norfolk, NE 68701

Friday, Dec. 2, 9 a.m. – 12:00 noon CST
Nebraska Innovation Campus Conference Center
2021 Transformation Drive
Lincoln, NE 68508