Chicago Fed Ag Conference Examines How Technology Is Changing the Agriculture Industry

What: The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago announces its annual Agricultural Conference, titled “Agricultural Technology’s Impacts on Farming and the Rural Midwest,” to be held at the Chicago Fed on November 27, 2018.

“During this challenging time for agriculture, new technologies provide a vital avenue for farm operations to improve their competitive advantages, especially in light of the strained environment for trade,” notes conference organizer and Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago senior business economist David Oppedahl.

Hear experts from academia, financial services, industry and policy institutions explore how technology is transforming agriculture and how it will be funded.

Sessions of the conference include:

  • The effects of technology on both the industry and rural communities.
  • Broadband and the rural economy.
  • How these technologies might be funded and implemented.

Who: Speakers at the conference include:

  • Keynote speaker, Karen I. Plaut, Glenn W. Sample Dean of Agriculture, Purdue University.
  • Keith Fuglie, Economist, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture.
  • Jerry Flint, Global Initiatives and Sustainability Leader, Corteva Agriscience.
  • Douglas J. Reinemann, Professor and Associate Dean for Outreach and Extension, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • John Mann, Assistant Professor, Michigan State University.
  • Brian E. Whitacre, Professor and Extension Economist, Oklahoma State University.
  • Edwin Elfmann, Senior Vice President, Agricultural and Rural Banking Policy, American Bankers Association.
  • Tanner Ehmke, Manager, Knowledge Exchange Division, CoBank.
  • Douglas Wilson, State Director, Rural Development Illinois, U.S. Department of Agriculture.

When:  Tuesday, November 27, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT

Where:  The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
230 S. LaSalle Street
Third Floor Conference Center
Chicago, IL  60604

Members of the public are invited to attend.  The cost is $100 per person.  The registration deadline is Friday, November 23, 2018.  To register or to view a complete agenda, log on to:

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