The UF/IFAS food and resource economics department (FRED) hosts a conference each spring to examine critical policy issues facing Florida agribusiness leaders and provide insights on economic factors that can inform business and policy decisions.
As a result of the abnormal circumstances that arose in 2020, this year’s conference will further explore the economic impact of the pandemic on agricultural enterprises and policy. Also as a result of the pandemic, the event will be conducted virtually instead of in-person.
WHAT: The Sixth Annual Florida Agricultural Policy Outlook Conference. Details and an agenda can be accessed at fred.ifas.ufl.edu/flagpolicyoutlookconference. Day 1’s theme is “The Pandemic and Agriculture” and will include sessions on the “Economic Impact of the Pandemic on Agricultural Markets” and “Agricultural Labor Issues in the Pandemic.” Day 2 will cover “State, Federal and International Agricultural Policy” and “Citrus and Coastal Industry Outlooks.”
WHEN: Feb. 25-26. Presentations run from 1-4 p.m. EST each day.
WHO: Agribusiness leaders, industry professionals and policymakers are invited to attend. Presenters will include:
- Jayson Lusk, professor and department head, Purdue University agricultural economics
- Christa Court, assistant professor, UF/IFAS food and resource economics
- Adam Kantrovich, associate professor, Clemson University agricultural sciences
- Derek Farnsworth, assistant professor, UF/IFAS food and resource economics
- Fred Gale, senior economist, USDA Economic Research Service
- John Walt Boatright, director of national affairs, Florida Farm Bureau
- Adam Basford, director of state affairs, Florida Farm Bureau
- Marisa Zansler, director of economic and market research, Florida Department of Citrus
- Sherry Larkin, UF/IFAS food and resource economics professor and director of Florida Sea Grant
WHERE: Conducted via Zoom. Registration includes both days and is available at tinyurl.com/AgPolicyConference2021.
The mission of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) is to develop knowledge relevant to agricultural, human and natural resources and to make that knowledge available to sustain and enhance the quality of human life. With more than a dozen research facilities, 67 county Extension offices, and award-winning students and faculty in the UF College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, UF/IFAS brings science-based solutions to the state’s agricultural and natural resources industries, and all Florida residents.
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