2017 Agricultural and Food Business Outlook Conference, Jan. 24

Cornell University’s Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management will host the annualAgricultural and Food Business Outlook Conference

WHEN:          Tuesday, Jan. 24., at 8:30 a.m.

WHERE:        B25 Warren Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca

MEDIA:         Media members are asked to RSVP to Melissa Osgood in Cornell’s Media Relations Office at 607-255-2059 or mmo59@cornell.edu

ITHACA, N.Y. – Batten down your dividends and buckle up your economic seat belts. Welcome to 2017.

Cornell University’s Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management will host the annual Agricultural and Food Business Outlook Conference, Tuesday, Jan. 24., at 8:30 a.m. in B25 Warren Hall.

The meeting features a national economic forecast by Steve Kyle, associate professor of economics, and national and regional forecasts for agricultural and business sectors.

“For the national outlook, there is far more uncertainty this year than ever in the past,” said Kyle. “The Democrats in Congress will have little or no say in what happens, but Trump and the Republicans in Congress are not all on the same page either.”

Jennifer Ifft, assistant professor of economics, will focus on “Economics of the New York Agriculture and Food Sector,” followed by a panel on “Implications of the New Government for Agriculture and Agricultural Policy,” with Robert Gray, managing partner at Gray and Oscar; John Newton, director of market intelligence for the American Farm Bureau; and Kelly Young, associate director of national affairs for the New York Farm Bureau.

The afternoon dairy economics session features Mark Stephenson, policy analyst at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who will provide a sector forecast, and Andrew Novakovic, the E.V. Baker Professor of Agricultural Economics, who will provide an update on markets and federal policy.

Miguel Gomez, associate professor of economics, will explain the grape, wine and ornamental outlooks, and graduate assistant Rachel Saputo, MPS ’16, will give the fruit and vegetable outlook. Also, Julie Stafford, industry liaison officer in food science, will speak on “Establishing New York as a Leader in Local Year-Round Vegetable Production.”


Melissa Osgood
office: 607-255-2059
cell: 607-882-3773




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