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Food and Agribusiness Webinars

Webinar Series Produced by University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture


Host and Interviewer

Bobby Coats - Professor, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness 

Executive Producer 

Mary Poling – Coordinator of Interactive Communications, Office of Information Technology, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture


The 2018/19 U.S. and Global Rice Market Outlook – Production, Trade, Use, Stocks, and Prices

by Bobby Coats - May 24, 2018

Description: Nathan Childs will present the first official USDA global and U.S. rice market forecasts for 2018/19, including calendar year 2019 world rice trade.  For the U.S., production, use, trade, stocks and price forecasts will be presented by class and for all rice.  All rice country-specific and global supply and use forecasts will be presented as well, with an emphasis on major trading countries.  The first forecasts for global trade for calendar 2019 will be presented.  Factors driving these forecasts will be explained. 

 

Nathan Childs, Agricultural Economist, USDA, Economic Research Service

Nathan Childs is an agricultural economist with USDA’s Economic Research Service. His current activities include managing ERS’ contribution to the rice situation and outlook program and supporting the Department’s annual Baseline forecasting activities.  Nathan joined ERS in 1987. During his career, he has worked on a variety of topics including U.S. rice consumption patterns, global trade liberalization, farm program analysis, and supported emerging market projects to Taiwan, China, Vietnam, and Haiti.  In the early 1990s, Nathan was editor of USDA’s weekly Agricultural Outlook magazine.


Arkansas Rice Update

by Bobby Coats - May 24, 2018

Description: University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s State Rice Extension Agronomist, Dr. Jarrod Hardke provides an Arkansas Rice Update and his boots on the ground perspective of USDA’s planting intentions report as it relates to Arkansas.

 

Dr. Jarrod T, Hardke, Rice Extension Agronomist University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture

Dr. Jarrod Hardke is the Rice Extension Agronomist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service.  He has statewide responsibility for rice production recommendations in Arkansas.  In addition to Extension responsibilities he oversees a number of rice research projects involving agronomic production practices, planting dates, cultivar performance trials, and the Rice Research Verification Program.

 


Farm Bill Update "Putting the House Committee Farm Bill in Context"

by Bobby Coats - May 17, 2018

Dr. Keith Coble - Former Chief Economist for the U.S. Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee

Dr. Keith Coble is a Giles Distinguished Professor and Head of the Agricultural Economics Department at Mississippi State University and former Chief Economist for the U.S. Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee

Previously, Dr. Coble worked at USDA Economic Research Service and studied at Texas A&M and the University of Missouri.

Coble focuses on risk management, agricultural policy, and insurance. Coble has testified before Congressional Committees on three occasions and served as a Chief Economist for the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee during the 2014 Farm Bill debate.

 

 

 


The Next Farm Bill, Market Outlook and Ongoing Trade Issues

by Bobby Coats - April 12, 2018

Dr. Patrick Westhoff, Director of the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) at the University of Missouri–Columbia and a Professor in the MU Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics

Dr. Patrick Westhoff, Director of the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) at the University of Missouri-Columbia and a Professor in the MU Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics

Writing a farm bill is an extremely challenging activity given budget constraints, the economic importance to the U.S. agricultural sector and the American public, varying stakeholder interests and the importance to global economic and trade relationships.

Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) director Pat Westhoff discusses the economic, trade and biofuels considerations, crop and livestock market outlook, and other issues that congressional leadership and members are considering as they pen the next farm bill.

Pat provides perspective into the monumental task of writing and passing the next farm bill, market outlook and ongoing trade issues and considerations.   

 


 USDA-NASS: 2018 Planting Intentions and Grain Stocks Report

by Bobby Coats - March 29, 2018

Description: A first look at USDA- National Agricultural Statistics Service 2018 March Planting Intentions Report and Grain Stocks on hand for Arkansas and the Nation.

 

Eugene Young, USDA/NASS

Eugene Young is the regional director for the USDA-NASS Delta Regional Office located in Little Rock, Arkansas which services the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Mr. Young has 28 years of experience working at USDA-NASS and has worked in offices in Arkansas, North Carolina, and Washington, D.C. He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor’s of Science in Agricultural Business and a Master’s in Agricultural Economics.

 

 

 

 

 

 


USDA Rice Projections to 2027

by Bobby Coats - March 22, 2018

Description: Nathan Childs presents both the domestic and global 10-year baseline forecasts for rice.  For the U.S., he focuses on area, yield, production, trade, use, stocks, and prices for all rice and by class, explaining economic factors driving the forecasts.  For the global all-rice market, emphasis is placed on major importers and exports as well as overall trade levels.

 

Nathan Childs

Nathan Childs is an agricultural economist with USDA’s Economic Research Service. His current activities include managing ERS’ contribution to the rice situation and outlook program and supporting the Department’s annual Baseline forecasting activities.  Nathan joined ERS in 1987. During his career, he has worked on a variety of topics including U.S. rice consumption patterns, global trade liberalization, farm program analysis, and supported emerging market projects to Taiwan, China, Vietnam, and Haiti.  In the early 1990s, Nathan was editor of USDA’s weekly Agricultural Outlook magazine.

 

 

 

 

 


International Rice Outlook 2017-2027

by Bobby Coats - March 15, 2018

Description: The International Rice Outlook developed by the Arkansas Global Rice Economics Program contains updated baseline rice projections for U.S. and international rice economies as of January 2018. The purpose of this presentation is to discuss the current state and the expected directions of the rice economies in the world by assessing their potential supply and demand paths over the next decade.

 

Dr. Alvaro Durand-Morat, Assistant Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness at the University of Arkansas

Dr. Alvaro Durand-Morat is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness at the University of Arkansas. Before joining the University of Arkansas, he was a policy and economic advisor to the rice industry in Argentina. He has a B.S. in agricultural engineering, a M.Sc. degree in agricultural economics, and a Ph.D. in public policy. Dr. Durand-Morat specializes in agricultural trade, grain economics with emphasis on rice, and food policy.

 

 

 

 


 The Global Rice Market and China’s Role Within It

by Bobby Coats - March 8, 2018

Rachel Trego, International Economist, U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service

Rachel Trego is an international economist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service.  She is the team leader for food grains analysis within the Office of Global Analysis, responsible for analyzing the global wheat and rice markets and reporting on supply and demand and price information.  She contributes to the monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report and to USDA baseline and outlook forecasting activities.  Previously, she served as an oilseed commodity analyst.  She has worked with USDA since 2009 and has conducted agricultural market research in China, India, Vietnam, Nigeria, Egypt, Haiti, and other foreign markets.  Rachel has a Masters in International Relations with a concentration on international economics.

 

 

 


2018 Cotton & Peanut Considerations -- Peanuts: Big Crop and Big Changes

by Bobby Coats - March 6, 2018

Description: A grower panelist recently said, "If you don't tell the industry's story, someone else might and you may not like what they're saying." Grower associations, millers and other large entities do a pretty good job trying to engage with the public. But there's nothing like a one-on-one conversation between a grower and consumer to bridge some of the misunderstanding that exists. That's where social media comes in. Even if you don't have a lot of fans, or followers as they're called, getting even a few people to understand agriculture is a win. You never know when one of those people will go to bat for their "Facebook friend," the farmer. Getting started isn't as scary as it sounds. Boyd will provide a few tips about Facebook, Twitter and Instagram -- the three major social media platforms -- and some does and don'ts to keep you out of what one grower called, Twitter Jail. She also will provide some social media examples from growers who are active to show that it doesn't have to be fancy or elaborate.

 

Nathan B. Smith, PhD, Clemson University,  Extension Professor & Agribusiness Program Team Leader

Dr. Nathan Smith is an Extension Professor and Economist with Clemson University. He is located at the Sandhills Research and Education Center in Columbia, Dr. Smith’s major responsibilities are in crop production economics, marketing and policy. He also works with South Carolina growers and stakeholders on value-added prospects and ventures. Dr. Smith is the Extension Agribusiness Program Team Leader for Clemson University, coordinating Extension efforts in agribusiness and leading a team of Extension agents and specialists.

Dr. Smith was an Associate Professor and Extension Economist with the University of Georgia prior to joining Clemson University. He was located on the Tifton Campus where his major responsibilities were production economics, marketing and policy for peanuts, feed grains, and soybeans. Dr. Smith was Extension Marketing Specialist for row crops at the University of Arkansas for three years prior to joining the University of Georgia. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Clemson University, Master of Science degree from Auburn University and PhD from the University of Kentucky, all in agricultural economics.


One Grower, Once Upon a Time -- Telling the Ag Industry’s Story Through Social Media

by Bobby Coats - February 27, 2018

Description: A grower panelist recently said, "If you don't tell the industry's story, someone else might and you may not like what they're saying." Grower associations, millers and other large entities do a pretty good job trying to engage with the public. But there's nothing like a one-on-one conversation between a grower and consumer to bridge some of the misunderstanding that exists. That's where social media comes in. Even if you don't have a lot of fans, or followers as they're called, getting even a few people to understand agriculture is a win. You never know when one of those people will go to bat for their "Facebook friend," the farmer. Getting started isn't as scary as it sounds. Boyd will provide a few tips about Facebook, Twitter and Instagram -- the three major social media platforms -- and some does and don'ts to keep you out of what one grower called, Twitter Jail. She also will provide some social media examples from growers who are active to show that it doesn't have to be fancy or elaborate.

 

Vicky Boyd, Editor of Rice Farming and Soybean South magazines and Managing Editor of Cotton Farming magazineVicky Boyd is editor of Rice Farming and Soybean South magazines as well as managing editor of Cotton Farming magazine. All three are owned by One Grower Publishing based in Olive Branch, Mississippi.

Boyd maintains websites for Rice Farming and Soybean South and posts to the Rice Farming Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ricefarming1, the Rice Farming Twitter account, @ricefarming, and the Soybean South Twitter account, @soybeansouth.

 

 

 

 

 


Evolving Global Weather Patterns Influencing Today’s Commodity Market Prices

by Bobby Coats - February 8, 2018

Description: The global commodity markets are approaching a period of increasing volatility, rice and grains seemingly leading the way.  The coming Grand Solar Minimum effects on U.S. and global commodity markets are going to rock the idea of market normalcy, due to enhanced shifts in weather patterns. In addition, maintaining political stability in key global rice production regions is a concern along with Thai rice stock depletion going into 2018. How this effects the global commodity price trends and the overall industry are questions to be addressed .

 

Jeremy Zwinger, CEO/President of The Rice Trader, Farm and Trade Inc, and Internatinal Commodity Institute

Mr. Jeremy Zwinger is the CEO / President of The Rice Trader, Farm and Trade Inc., and International Commodity Institute 530-345-4140, http://www.thericetrader.com/

A regular participant at international rice events and conferences, Mr. Zwinger has, over the years, contributed extensively on the analysis of rice markets by analyzing inter-commodity effects (wheat, corn, soybeans, sugar, etc.), as well as currency and oil price led impacts on the rice markets.

Mr. Zwinger has extensive experience that extends globally in the fields of publishing, brokerage, water trading, advisement, production financing, and consultancy services to a number of internationally respected players, including several Fortune 500 companies.  More recently, he has become extensively involved on globally critical topics such as water rights and value, food security issues, international production financing, global investment strategies with a focus on the commodity fields, market development strategies, and the coming solar cycle which is likely to lead to major global issues on a multitude of levels.

 

Shawn Hackett, Commodities Expert, President & Founder, Hackett Financial Advisors

Shawn Hackett, Commodities Expert, President & Founder, Hackett Financial Advisors 561.573.3766, Shawn@hackettadvisors.com

A frequent contributor to Barron’s, Futures Magazine, Reuters and Bloomberg, commodities expert Shawn Hackett has dedicated his life to educating industry leaders about financial management and the commodities market. Shawn, author of the Hackett Commodity Report, makes hard-to-understand concepts easily digestible to a wide audience.

His vast knowledge includes topics such as:
Agricultural Commodities/Grain Markets (corn, soybean complex, all wheat markets and rice), Soft Commodity Markets (cocoa, coffee, cotton, sugar, orange juice and lumber), Livestock (cattle, hogs and milk)

 


Horizon Ag: Future Driven, Farmer Focused

by Bobby Coats - January 25, 2018

Description: A much-needed partner for Clearfield rice will finally be planted commercially in 2018.  It has been almost 20 years since the launch of Clearfield rice.  A companion technology is long overdue as is evidenced by a growing problem of imidazolinone-resistant red rice and weedy rice.  BASF and the LSU AgCenter partnered to develop the first Provisia rice variety (PVL01) that is tolerant to Provisia herbicide.  Horizon Ag has been the exclusive partner to BASF for Clearfield pureline rice in the southern USA since the launch of Clearfield.  The strength of the partnership was shown as Horizon will be the first to launch Provisia rice to the industry in 2018.  It is anticipated that approximately 100K acres will benefit from the exciting new technology in 2018.  Fields in Southwest Louisiana, Northeast Arkansas, and Southeast Arkansas in general have the greatest need for the technology.  Because of the efficacy of the Provisia herbicide, many fields that have become overgrown with the weedy rice complex will look like rice fields again in 2018.  This presentation will provide insight on the role Horizon Ag played in bringing this technology to market, but even more so in how to keep both technologies viable for years to come.

 

Dr. Tim Walker, General Manager, Horizon Ag

Dr. Tim Walker became the general manager of Horizon Ag in March 2014.  Before Horizon Walker most recently served as Extension rice specialist for Mississippi State University, working from the Delta Research and Extension Center in Stoneville, Miss. He also served as research professor for agronomy and breeding, where he worked on developing elite rice germplasm and cultivars for the university. Walker, who grew up on a farm in Mississippi, holds a doctoral degree in agronomy from Mississippi State University. He has authored many research papers on rice agronomic practices and is one of the premier rice specialists working in U.S. rice.  Walker is also a graduate of the class of 2005 Rice Leadership Development Program, and a participant in the 2011 and 2017 International Rice Leadership Development Program. He was named the 2012 Rice Researcher of the Year at the Conservation Tillage Cotton and Rice Conference.  He currently resides in Hernando, Mississippi, where he and his wife Peyton are rearing their three children.

 


Dec. 2017 Baseline Projects of Economic Viability for Crop, Dairy, and Beef Cattle

by Bobby Coats - January 18, 2018

Description: Professor Richardson discussed their “Baseline Outlook” for the cash-flow and equity position for 90 representative farms the Agricultural and Food Policy Center (AFPC) maintains.  Price and inflation rate projections used in the analysis come from the December Baseline developed by FAPRI. The data for the representative farms comes from interviews with panels of farmers in major production regions across the United States.  The outlook for the farms’ cash-flows is presented in terms of the probability that the farms will have a positive cash-flow after paying all cash expenses, machinery replacement, principal payments, taxes and family living expenses.

 

Dr. James Richardson, Co-Director of the Agricultural and Food Policy Center, Texas A&M AgriLife Senior Faculty Fellow &  Senior Regents Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M UniversityDr. James W. Richardson received his Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics at Oklahoma State University in 1978 and joined the Texas A&M Department of Agricultural Economics in 1978 where he teaches risk analysis and conducts research on farm policy, risk analysis, and the economic feasibility of alternative feedstocks for renewable fuels.  He is best known for his farm level policy analysis research that is used by Congress to compare the impacts of alternative farm program options and for his work in simulation modeling. 

 

 

 

 

 


RiceTec's Gumina on The Evolution of Hybrid Rice

by Bobby Coats - January 11, 2018

Description: In this presentation we chart the evolution of hybrid rice development starting with the fundamental need for more calories in China during the 1970s. We explain the 20 year journey of the germplasm development to the meet the needs of western hemisphere markets. The program provides an update on the global adoption of hybrid rice in production systems. We give an update on the effort and progress on improving grain quality in conjunction with high yields and the grower’s role in driving quality. Finally we provide a view on how hybrid breeding can tailor grain quality to meet the needs of specific markets and how that will improve overall competitiveness for US exports.

 

Michael A. Gumina, Global CEO RiceTec AGMr. Gumina has been engaged with production agriculture and the seed industry for over 35 years. He is currently the lead executive for RiceTec AG which is a privately held, leading global hybrid rice seed business.

Prior to joining RiceTec, Mr. Gumina was an executive with DuPont Pioneer where he was responsible for global seed production operations and a member of several key global and regional management teams.

Mr. Gumina has played an active role in the broad seed industry as a member of the American Seed Trade Association Board of Directors (Chairman 2011/2012) and the International Seed Federation Board of Directors.

Mr. Gumina has been a member of numerous non-profit boards and advisory panels including the Iowa State Seed Science Center, Iowa 4H Foundation, ChildServe and most recently the First the Seed Foundation.

Mr. Gumina is a graduate of Iowa State University with a degree in Agronomy.


UA System Division of Agriculture Rice Breeding Program

by Bobby Coats - November 30, 2017

Description: Arkansas’ Senior Rice Plant Breeder Dr. Karen Moldenhauer discusses her Rice Plant Breeding Program as well as the University of Arkansas System, Division of Agriculture’s Rice Breeding Program

 

Karen MoldenhauerDr. Karen  Moldenhauer is a Professor of Crops, Soils, and Environmental Sciences at the University of Arkansas and a holder of the Rice Industry Chair for Variety Development. She belongs to the University of Arkansas System, Division of Agriculture, Rice Research and Extension Center in Stuttgart, Arkansas.


Gene Editing Technology & New Opportunities for Plant Breeding

by Bobby Coats - November 16, 2017 

Description: This webinar provides an overview of new gene editing techniques such as CRISPR/Cas9 and their potential impact on the future of plant breeding. Gene editing offers greater precision and speed compared to conventional breeding and previous biotechnological approaches, and opens new opportunities for scientific discovery. Current and prospective applications, and technical and consumer acceptance challenges will be discussed.

 

Jeremy Edwards, Research Plant Molecular Geneticist with the USDA Agricultural Research Service at the Dale Bumpers National Rice Research CenterJeremy D. Edwards is a Research Plant Molecular Geneticist with the USDA Agricultural Research Service at the Dale Bumpers National Rice Research Center in Stuttgart, AR. His research involves the use of genomics, bioinformatics, and big data to facilitate gene discovery and to develop technology for accelerated rice breeding. He has a Ph.D. in Plant Breeding and Genetics from Cornell University and a B.S. in Horticultural Science from the University of Florida.