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Commodity Conference

August 22, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - August 23, 2019 @ 11:00 am

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A block of rooms has been reserved at a nightly rate of $94.00 plus tax. Please make your room reservations directly with the Capitol Plaza Hotel (not with Farm Bureau) by calling 800-338-8088 by Wednesday, August 7. When making your reservation please refer to MISSOURI FARM BUREAU to get the discounted room rate. Please make your reservations at your earliest convenience; the hotel room block will sell out quickly.

Thursday, August 22 (Tentative Agenda)

1:00 p.m.

Welcome and CommentsBlake Hurst, President

European Union Agriculture Update, Mr. Hans-Jürgen Thies, Member German Parliament and Ag Committee Member

Fake Meat?  Fake News! Wes Jamison, PhD, Associate Professor of Public Relations, Palm Beach Atlantic University

Missouri Climate Trends, Patrick Guinan, Extension/State Climatologist, University of Missouri

3:05 p.m.


3:20 p.m.

Commodity Advisory Committee Meetings

5:30 p.m.

Social Hour – FB Center


6:00 p.m.

Dinner – FB Center


6:30 pm.

The Global African Swine Fever Challenge, Dr. David Pyburn, Senior Vice President – Science and Technology, National Pork Board


8:00 p.m.

Hospitality Room – Capital Plaza Hotel


Friday, August 23

7:00 a.m.

Breakfast – Capitol Plaza Hotel Atrium

8:00 a.m.

WelcomeBlake Hurst, President

Deep Dive into Agricultural Hemp: Reinventing it from the Ground up! Dr. Tony Brannon, Dean of the Hutson School of Agriculture, Murray State University

USDA APHIS Wildlife Services Update – Feral Hogs, Black Vultures, Other, Travis Guerrant, State Director – Mo/IA, USDA APHIS Wildlife Services

 MOFB Feral Hog Study Group, Kelly Smith and BJ Tanksley


9:30 a.m.

Concurrent Livestock and Crop Tracks

Track 1—Crops

Market Outlook

Dr. Pat Westhoff, FAPRI Director and Economics Professor, University of Missouri

Missouri Pesticide Certification and Training Discussion

Paul Bailey, Director of Plant Industries, Missouri Department of Agriculture

Dawn Wall, Pesticide Program Administrator, Missouri Department of Agriculture

*one more 30 minute topic TBA


Track 2—Livestock

Market Outlook

Dr. Scott Brown, Assistant Extension Professor, University of Missouri

DNA Testing Successes and Opportunities in Beef Cattle Production

Dr. Jared Decker, Associate Professor and State Beef Extension Specialist

*one more 30 minute topic TBA

11:00 am



August 22, 2019 @ 1:00 pm
August 23, 2019 @ 11:00 am


Missouri Farm Bureau


Capitol Plaza Hotel
415 W McCarty St
Jefferson City, MO 65010
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(573) 635-1234