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Upcoming event: Florida Agricultural Policy Outlook Conference 2021

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 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

COST: $20


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