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Ag Profitability Conference

The annual area Ag Profitability Conference that was held in Smith Center today brought together an all-star cast of 6 Ag Economics experts from Kansas State University and a little over 50-area producers trying to absorb the financial advice necessary to make this a profitable year down on the farm.

The program was co-sponsored by Smith County Extension and Post Rock Extension. It opened with a presentation by Dr. Art Barnaby who discussed the new Farm Bill and its diverse impact from state-to-state.
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The KSU Ag Economics Professor also examined the profitability of the ACRE Program. He said farmers would probably benefit more from regular crop insurance.2-2-10 Barnaby Cut #2
Dr. Barnaby will be back in the area March 2nd to conduct what he calls an “all day intensive workshop. The focus will be showing the relationship between the ACRE Program, the SURE Program and Crop Insurance.

Following Barnaby at the conference, Dr. Vincent Amanor-Boadu who spoke about the causes of the current recession. Unfortunately, Boadu’s crystal ball is telling him the country will not be coming out of the recession very quickly.

About Mike Schrant

Mike is one of those guys who has spent nearly a lifetime trying to figure out what he wants to do when he grows up. He has split time as a broadcaster and educator having first worked in radio in the early 1970’s while attending junior college. The two careers are directly connected because many of the 25 years as an educator were spent teaching broadcast journalism at the high school and college levels. Mike is married and has three adult children (no grandchildren yet) and enjoys sports, debating politics, gardening, landscaping-hauling rocks, and swapping stories with the "good old boys".