PULLMAN – Energy and agriculture will be the focus of the first annual WSU Economic Issues and Outlook Conference scheduled Dec. 6-7 at the Red Lion Inn at Pasco.
“The agriculture and energy sectors are operating in unprecedented economic conditions and experiencing record commodity prices,” said Tom Marsh, associate professor in WSU’s School of Economic Sciences. “Important inter-industry issues and concerns have arisen with implications for both domestic and international markets. We have assembled an outstanding panel of speakers to discuss issues of particular interest to people in the Tri-Cities and eastern Washington.”
Each session will begin with a set of speakers and conclude with a panel to discuss the talks and respond to participants questions. Scheduled guest speakers include:
A wide range of other topics that will be presented by WSU faculty, government and industry speakers including: biofuels policy design, biofuel feedstocks, risk and biofuels, bioenergy and the environment, livestock outlook, wheat and grain outlook, water issues, dairy farm growth, tree fruit outlook, wine marketing, transportation, economics of health, farm bill and crop insurance.
For more information on the conference, on how to help sponsor the conference, or to register, visit the conference Web site. Registration is $125 before Nov. 21 and $150 after. The registration fee includes all sessions, lunch and dinner, social hour, poster showing and a copy of the conference proceedings on CD. Contact Laci Graciano at (509) 335-1173 for more information.