Mid-South Agricultural Trade Conference Scheduled for March 5

Feb 17, 2020


Farmers, agribusinesses, and agriculture leaders will benefit from attending the Mid-South Agricultural Trade Conference on March 5 on the campus of the University of Tennessee at Martin. The conference offers attendees a unique opportunity to learn about the role, importance, and significance of international trade on local agriculture production, markets, and economies as well as equipping them with an increased awareness of agriculture exporting tools and resources.

The all-day event is being hosted by the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, UT Extension, UT Martin, and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture and will take place at the UT Martin Boling University Center. The conference format will include various speakers, presentations, and a panel discussion with commodity representatives.  

Seven experts are slated to share their knowledge. Speakers and panel members include Daniel Whitley, the associate administrator of the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS); Andrew Muhammad, a professor in the UTIA Department of Agricultural and Resources Economics who holds the Blasingame Chair of Excellence in Agricultural Policy; and Jody Campiche, vice president of economics and policy analysis for the National Cotton Council in Cordova, Tenn. Also on the agenda are Whitney Flatt, Tennessee Department of Agriculture international trade consultant, who leads the Business Development Division’s trade-focused initiatives which promotes Tennessee value-added food, horticulture, livestock, and genetics and forestry and wood products abroad; Jennifer Houston, a Tennessee native and current president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA); Parks Wells, executive director of the Tennessee Soybean Promotion Council, located in Jackson, Tenn.; and Rob Dongoski, leader of Ernst and Young’s (EY) Agribusiness sector.

Due to generous conference sponsorships, the conference registration fee will be waived for the first 75 participants who preregister, as well as all current university students. Preregistration for all others is $50 prior to Feb. 26 or $75 after than date including on-site registration. To register, contact Joey Mehlhorn or Carrie Arant at mehlhorn@utm.edu or call 731-881-7211. The conference will begin on March 5 with registration at 9:30 a.m. CST and kick-off at 10 a.m. Sessions will conclude by 3:15 p.m.

Organized by the UT Center for Profitable Agriculture, conference sponsors include the Agricenter International, Farm Credit Mid-America, Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association, Tennessee Corn Production Council, Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association, Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation, Tennessee Farmers Cooperative, Tennessee Forestry Association, Tennessee Soybean Promotion Council, Tyson Obion County Complex, and UT Extension.
 
 

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