K-State to Host ‘Mini-Conference’ on Agricultural Ramifications of Ukraine/Russia Conflict

Manhattan, Kan. — Kansas State University’s Department of Agricultural Economics will host a Risk and Profit mini-conference online Mar. 7-11 to discuss the agricultural impacts of the Ukraine-Russia conflict and what it means for U.S. producers.
All sessions will be available via Zoom from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. (CST) each day, with recordings available afterwards.
There is no fee to participate, but online registration is required. More information is also available at AgManager.info.
Organizers of the mini-conference said faculty in K-State’s Department of Agricultural Economics will address the effects on the macro-economy, agricultural trade, energy and fertilizer markets, as well as grain and livestock markets.
The schedule and topics for each session of the mini-conference includes:

  • Monday, Mar. 7: Understanding Macroeconomic Effects by Brian Briggeman; and Production and Trade Effects by Allen Featherstone.
  • Wednesday, Mar. 9: Implications for Energy Markets (speaker to be determined); and Effects on Fertilizer Inputs by Gregg Ibendahl.
  • Friday, Mar. 11: Grain Market Impacts by Dan O’Brien; and Livestock Market Impacts by Glynn Tonsor.

Rich Llewelyn, an extension assistant who is helping to organize the series, said there is uncertainty about how the Russian advance into Ukraine will affect markets.
““The impact and implications of the Russian invasion of Ukraine are widespread and potentially long-lasting,” he said. “K-State faculty will help to bring some needed understanding and clarification to the full ramifications of what is happening, could happen, and how it will affect U.S. agriculture.”
Organizers said given the two countries’ importance to export markets, and the relationship between energy and agricultural prices, the conflict will impact agriculture and food supplies across the globe.

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