Cornhusker Economics Outlook

Cornhusker Economics Outlook

Agenda locations


The 2015 Cornhusker Economics Outlook meeting series will focus on the ag outlook and management decisions for Nebraska farmers and ranchers at six locations across the state on November 17-24. The annual meeting series is offered by Nebraska Extension and the University of Nebraska Lincoln Department of Agricultural Economics. The meetings are free to participants thanks to the statewide series support of Great Western Bank along with local meeting sponsors.

The outlook meetings are scheduled for a concise, fast-paced discussion of crop, livestock, policy, and financial outlook with attention to production, management, and marketing decisions for 2016.

Kate Brooks, Extension Livestock Economist at UNL will provide outlook and analysis for beef and other livestock producers. Kate will digest emerging livestock market fundamentals, meat supplies, and meat demand to assess producer profit potential and sound marketing and production decisions in 2016.

Cory Walters, Extension Crop Economist at UNL will discuss the crop outlook and implications for producers. Cory will discuss the current price environment and market outlook for Nebraska crop producers and the implications for production, marketing, and risk management decisions in the year ahead.

Brad Lubben, Extension Policy Specialist at UNL will discuss the ag policy outlook. Beyond the current policy environment in Washington, Lubben will focus on the role of the farm income safety net and the projected support from farm programs and crop insurance for cash flow planning and risk management decision-making.

Tina Barrett, Director of Nebraska Farm Business, Inc. will discuss the farm financial outlook and financial management decisions ahead for producers. Building on data from hundreds of farm cooperators in NFBI, Tina 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 for the year ahead.

Jay Parsons, Extension Economist at UNL will discuss farm and ranch risk management issues and decisions. Jay 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 2016. 

Agenda and Meeting Times (Morning or Afternoon Meeting Times)

  • 1:00-1:10 or 9:00-9:10 Welcome and Introductions
  • 1:10-1:45 or 9:10-9:45 Dr. Kate Brooks, UNL Extension Livestock Economist Kate will address the outlook for the livestock sector and discuss management and marketing decisions for producers. 
  • 1:44-2:20 or 9:45-10:20 Dr. Cory Walters, UNL Extension Crop Economist Cory will cover the outlook for the grains and oilseeds sector and discuss management and marketing decisions for producers. 
  • 2:20-2:30 or 10:20-10:30 Break 
  • 2:30-2:50 or 10:30-10:50 Dr. Brad Lubben, UNL Extension Policy Specialist Brad will discuss the policy outlook and highlight the impact of the farm income safety net on producer profitability and cash flow projections. 
  • 2:50-3:20 or 10:50-11:20 Tina Barrett, Director, Nebraska Farm Business, Inc. Tina will discuss the financial position and performance of Nebraska farms and ranches, with an eye to budgeting and cost control for the year ahead. 
  • 3:20-3:50 or 11:20-11:50 Dr. Jay Parsons, UNL Extension Farm Management Specialist Jay will focus on farm and ranch management decisions and strategies for producers to manage risk in the current economic environment. 
  • 3:50-4:00 or 11:50-12:00 Questions, Answers, and Wrap-Up 

Locations, Dates, Times, and Local Contacts

Tuesday, November 17, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. CST
Holthus Convention Center
3130 Holen Avenue, York, NE  
Contact: Gary Zoubek, York County Extension – 402-362-5508 or or Brandy VanDeWalle, Fillmore County Extension – 402759-3712 or

Wednesday, November 18, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon MST
Prairie Winds Community Center
428 Main St., Bridgeport, NE  
Contact: Jessica Groskopf, Panhandle Research and Extension Center – 308-632-1247 or

Thursday, November 19, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon CST
McCook Christian Church
507 West B Street, McCook, NE  
Contact: Robert Tigner, Red Willow County Extension – 308-345-3390 or

Thursday, November 19, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. CST
Buffalo County Fairgrounds in conjunction with the Gateway Farm Expo
3807 Ave. N Kearney, NE 
Contact: Brent Plugge, Kearney County Extension – 308-236-1235 or

Nebraska City
Monday, November 23, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon CST
Kimmel Education and Research Center
5985 G Road, Nebraska City, NE
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Contact: Monte Vandeveer, Otoe County Extension – 402-269-2301 or

Tuesday, November 24, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon CST
Wayne Fire Hall
510 Tomar Drive. Wayne, NE
Contact: Tim Lemmons, Northeast Research and Extension Center – 402-370-4061 or or Jim Jansen, Cedar County Extension – 402-254-6821 or

Great Western Bank