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MSU to hold agriculture conference Oct. 26

September 19, 2012 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN - MSU Extension and the Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics will offer a conference entitled "Agriculture 2012: A Changing Landscape" from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 26 in Bozeman.

The conference will provide agricultural business leaders, bankers, producers, and others in agriculture with information from experts on agricultural policy, livestock and grain markets, and the Montana economy, addressing current issues facing Montana agricultural producers.

The speakers are: George Haynes on the status of Montana and U.S. agriculture; Gary Brester and Eric Belasco with an update on the role of cattle cycles and drought on the U.S. beef industry; Vince Smith with insights on the implications of the Canadian Wheat Board reform; Anton Bekkerman on changes in the elevator industry in Montana; Tim Fitzgerald on landowners and oil leasing; Myles Watts on banking reform and small ag lenders; and Steve Anderson on the 2012 Census of Agriculture.

The conference will conclude with lunch and a keynote speech from John Anderson on agricultural policy in a volatile environment. Anderson is the deputy chief economist for the American Farm Bureau.

The cost of the conference is $20 and includes a free parking pass. Early registration goes through October 13.

For more information and to register, visit or contact Keri Hayes at (406) 994-3511 or This event is part of MSU's Celebrate Agriculture. A full schedule of events for the weekend is available at:

Contact: Keri Hayes, (406) 994-3511 or