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2022 Agricultural Symposium: Help Wanted in Agriculture

May 23 @ 12:00 pm May 24 @ 1:00 pm CDT

Help Wanted in Agriculture

The 2022 Agricultural Symposium will explore the role of labor in determining the long-term outlook for agriculture and related businesses, how policies will shape that outlook, and the potential for structural change.

Event details

Agricultural production has expanded dramatically during the past two decades due, in large part, to innovative and opportunistic solutions to challenges large and small. Technological advancements in agriculture reflect a problem-solving mindset as innovation has alleviated pressure points or expanded opportunities. As in the past, agricultural enterprises continue to require innovative solutions to new and existing problems. At the same time, however, many businesses have also been facing intensifying labor shortages that have inhibited existing operations and growth. Help wanted signs abound – not just to work in agriculture – but, more broadly, to solve problems and advance the industry.

The 2022 Agricultural Symposium, “Help Wanted in Agriculture” will explore the role of labor in determining the long-term outlook for agriculture and related businesses, how policies will shape that outlook, and the potential for structural change. On the first day of the symposium, speakers will discuss how issues connected to labor will affect long-term agricultural production prospects and efficient supply chains. On the second day of the symposium, speakers will discuss how existing and emerging policies affect the decisions of agricultural businesses, and how the structure of the industry may evolve in the future alongside changes in workforce trends.

Agenda


May 23, 2022

12:00-1:00 pm CT

Lunch available

1:001:30 pm CT

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Nathan Kauffman, Vice President, Economist and Omaha Branch Executive, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

1:30-3:15 pm CT

Session 1: Farm Labor

This session will examine the outlook for farm labor in the years ahead and how agricultural workforce developments might affect future challenges and opportunities related to agricultural production.

Diane Charlton, Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics, Montana State University speaker

A.G. Kawamura, Owner/Partner, Orange County Produce panelist

Jeff Lakner, CEO, Lakner Farms, LLC panelist

3:30-5:00 pm CT

Session 2: Labor in the Ag Supply Chain

This session will discuss the outlook for labor among businesses connected to agricultural production and the significance of labor in maintaining efficient supply chains.

Tim Richards, Morrison Chair of Agribusiness, W.P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University speaker

Tonn Ostergard, CEO and Chairman, Crete Carrier Corporation panelist

5:00-6:00 pm CT

Reception

6:00-7:30 pm CT

Dinner and Keynote Address

Esther L. George, President and Chief Executive Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

May 24, 2022

7:30-8:30 am CT

Breakfast available

8:30-10:00 am CT

Session 3: The Role of Policy

In this session, speakers will discuss how policies related to labor are affecting the hiring and investment decisions of farm businesses and those in the ag supply chain.

Daniel Costa, Director of Immigration Law and Policy Research, Economic Policy Institute speaker

Chuck Conner, President and Chief Executive Officer, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives panelist

Kristi Boswell, Counsel, Alston & Bird LLP panelist

Alison Krebs, Director, Dairy and Trade Policy, Leprino Foods panelist

10:30-12:00 pm ET

Session 4: Labor and Structural Change

In this session, speakers will explore how developments associated with labor and employment in agriculture might affect the structure of the agricultural sector and related businesses in the years ahead.

Roger Cryan, Chief Economist, American Farm Bureau Federation speaker

Jim Heneghan, Senior Vice President, Gro Intelligence panelist

Shari Rogge-Fidler, President and Chief Executive Officer, Farm Foundation panelist

12:00-12:15 pm CT

Closing Comments

Nathan Kauffman, Vice President, Economist and Omaha Branch Executive, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

12:15-1:00 pm CT

Lunch available


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