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13th Annual Agricultural Outlook and Policy Conference

The Center for Agricultural and Natural Resource Policy at the University of Maryland, College Park, with the assistance of experts from the USDA's Economic Research Service, Texas A&M University, Maryland Grain Producers Association, Maryland Association of Conservation Districts, University of Maryland's School of Public Health, and University of Maryland's Agricultural and Resource Economics Department, presented an Agricultural Outlook and Policy Conference.

Our aim was to focus on the most important issues confronting agriculture in the next year and beyond, especially ones whose complexity requires information and analysis beyond that available in popular media outlets.

 Bios of the Speakers

Joe Outlaw, Professor and Extension Economist in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M University, will discuss the outlook for the 2012 Farm Bill and other ag policy issues. Dr. Outlaw frequently interacts with members of Congress and key agricultural committee staff to provide feedback on the likely consequences of agricultural policy changes.

Associate Professor Jim Hanson from the University of Maryland will discuss the current situation and the outlook for local foods in Maryland. He will examine different programs’ successes and challenges as well as their potential to impact farmers’ income and citizen health. See http://www.arec.umd.edu/people/faculty/Conversations/highlights2.cfm.

Erik Lichtenberg, Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Maryland, will discuss best management practice adoption and compliance with nutrient management plans.

Lynne Hoot, Executive Director, of the Maryland Grain Producers Association and the Mary­land Association of Soil Conservation Districts, will discuss recently passed and proposed legis­lation in Maryland. She has worked for Maryland's agricultural community for 30 years, starting as the executive director of the Maryland Agricultural Commission, an advisory group to the Maryland Secretary of Agriculture.

Agricultural Economist David Harvey from the Economic Research Service at the U.S. Depart­ment of Agriculture joins us to provide a Poultry Situation and Outlook talks.

Agricultural Economist Edward Allen from the Economic Research Service at the U.S. Depart­ment of Agriculture joins us to provide a Grains Situation and Outlook talks.

Stephanie Grutzmacher, Faculty Research Associate with UMD's School of Public Health, will talk about food security and Farm Bill food policies.

Presentations Available 

On-Farm Conservation and Nutrient Management in Maryland: A 2010 SnapshotErik Lichtenberg, Professor, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Maryland

U.S. Broiler Situation and OutlookDavid Harvey, Agricultural Economist, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Local Food Systems in Maryland: Current Situation and Outlook
Jim Hanson, Professor, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Maryland

Super Committee Fails? Outlook  for the 2012 Farm Bill and Agricultural PoliciesJoe Outlaw, Professor and Extension Economist, Department of  Agricultural Economics, Texas A&M University

Maryland Legislation: Passed, Proposed and PotentialLynne Hoot, Executive Director, Maryland Grain Producers Association and the Maryland Association of Soil Conservation Districts

Food Insecurity and Food Assistance in MarylandStephanie Grutzmacher, Faculty Research Associate, School of Public Health, University of Maryland

 

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