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"Credit and the Economy In Montana" on October 31 Montana Ag Live

October 26, 2010 -- MSU News Service

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Myles Watts, agricultural economics professor at Montana State University, will talk about how the national economy affects Montanans at the individual farm and ranch level on MontanaPBS' Montana Ag Live at 11 a.m. on October 31.

How is the credit crunch affecting Montana agriculture? Why are some markets up and others down? Watts will answer these questions and more on "Credit and the Economy In Montana."

Watts was nominated by President Obama and sworn in last week as one of the two newest members of the Farmer Mac board of directors. Watts will serve on the Farmer Mac board for an indefinite number of years. Farmer Mac is similar to Freddy Mac and Fannie Mae, but the government corporation is focused on agriculture. Congress created Farmer Mac to improve the availability of long-term credit for America's farmers, ranchers, rural homeowners, businesses and communities.

Watts' research has focused on public land and finance issues and has been published in all of the major agricultural and resource journals. He is a past editor of the Western Journal of Agricultural Economics (currently the Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics). He has taught a variety of classes ranging from introductory economics and farm management to graduate economic theory and is often asked to brief Congress, state legislators and governors.

Montana Ag Live is a regular call-in program on agriculture and gardening in Montana. Presented by MontanaPBS in association with Montana State University Extension, the program hosts panels of experts to discuss everything from pesticide use, and large-scale agricultural techniques, to backyard gardening questions, and even which mushroom to pick in the woods.

Visit Montana Ag Live on the Web at: http://www.montanapbs.org/MontanaAgLive/

Chris Seifert at 406-994-6217 or chris_seifert@montanapbs.org