Florida Agricultural Policy Outlook Conference 2021

The UF/IFAS food and resource economics department (FRED) hosts a conference each spring to examine critical policy issues facing Florida agribusiness leaders and provide insights on economic factors that can inform business and policy decisions.

As a result of the abnormal circumstances that arose in 2020, this year’s conference will further explore the economic impact of the pandemic on agricultural enterprises and policy. Also as a result of the pandemic, the event will be conducted virtually instead of in-person.

WHAT: The Sixth Annual Florida Agricultural Policy Outlook Conference. Details and an agenda can be accessed at fred.ifas.ufl.edu/flagpolicyoutlookconference. Day 1’s theme is “The Pandemic and Agriculture” and will include sessions on the “Economic Impact of the Pandemic on Agricultural Markets” and “Agricultural Labor Issues in the Pandemic.” Day 2 will cover “State, Federal and International Agricultural Policy” and “Citrus and Coastal Industry Outlooks.”

WHEN: Feb. 25-26. Presentations run from 1-4 p.m. EST each day.

WHO: Agribusiness leaders, industry professionals and policymakers are invited to attend. Presenters will include:

  • Jayson Lusk, professor and department head, Purdue University agricultural economics
  • Christa Court, assistant professor, UF/IFAS food and resource economics
  • Adam Kantrovich, associate professor, Clemson University agricultural sciences
  • Derek Farnsworth, assistant professor, UF/IFAS food and resource economics
  • Fred Gale, senior economist, USDA Economic Research Service
  • John Walt Boatright, director of national affairs, Florida Farm Bureau
  • Adam Basford, director of state affairs, Florida Farm Bureau
  • Marisa Zansler, director of economic and market research, Florida Department of Citrus
  • Sherry Larkin, UF/IFAS food and resource economics professor and director of Florida Sea Grant

WHERE: Conducted via Zoom. Registration includes both days and is available at tinyurl.com/AgPolicyConference2021.

COST: $20

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