Monthly Archives: August 2015

Getting to know the faculty of agricultural economics

The following is a video series to help you get to know the faculty of the K-State Department of Agricultural Economics. In this edition, we will hear from Mykel Taylor and Allen Featherstone.  For more information about Allen and Mykel, please visit their directory pages. We hope you enjoy getting to know the faculty of our department and we hope to be working with you soon!


For information about our other faculty members, click here.




Weekly update from

In case you missed last week’s update, here are some of the highlights!

Our resident researchers, Melissa McKendree, Glynn Tonsor and colleagues provide responses to survey questions assessing in their research paper entitled on U.S public and cow-calf producer perceptions of animal welfare in the beef industry.  The results are available in the research paper “Viewpoints of the U.S. Public and Cow-Calf Producers on Animal Welfare in the Beef Industry.”

Dustin PendellA hearty welcome to Dr. Dustin L. Pendell as the new addition to the Department of Agricultural Economics at Kansas State University. His broad research interests include livestock and animal health issues that span from the producer through the meat supply chain to the final consumer. Dustin’s interdisciplinary research has been funded by federal agencies and commodity organizations and appears in various academic and outreach publications.

2015 Risk and Profit Conference is almost here and now is the time to register! The conference is a two-day conference covering hot topics and the latest research from the K-State Dept. of Agricultural Economics. This year’s theme is “Dealing with Drought” and will take place  on August 20th through the 21st at the K-State Alumni Center on the main campus in Manhattan.

In this week’s AgManager update our very own Rich Llewelyn previews K-State’s 2015 Risk and Profit Conference for agricultural producers and allied agriculture professionals, coming up in two weeks…he’ll outline the excellent lineup of features speakers, as well as the breakout session topics.

Risk and Profit Conference: Early registration deadline is today!

There are always jokes about Kansas weather, it is hot one minute and pouring rain the next. But this year, Kansas weather has been extreme. After a several-year drought, Kansas waded in flooded fields and overflowing ponds. K-State’s 2015 Risk and Profit Conference on Thursday, Aug. 20- Friday, Aug. 21 will address the drought and the abrupt change in weather.

The keynote speaker for this year’s conference is Elwynn Taylor, professor of agricultural meteorology from Iowa State University. Taylor’s address, “Extreme Weather for Crops; Too Dry, Too Wet, and Even Ideal,” will kickoff the event by sharing his knowledge with attendees.

Other important presenters include, Gary Brester, professor of agricultural economics at Montana State University, who will share his piece, “Wither the Catttle Cycle? Drought or Something Else?” Keith Coble, professor of agricultural economics at Mississippi State University, will present “Future Farm Policy and Drought”. Adrian Polansky, executive director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency in Kansas, and Ron Suppes, Kansas Wheat commissioner, will host a panel discussion. Finally, Glynn Tonsor and Dan O’Brien, K-State Research and Extension agricultural economists, will address outlooks for livestock and grain markets, respectively. All will present on Aug. 21 both prior to and after the luncheon.

The conference offers 18 small sessions with topics ranging from “Will Policymakers Reduce the Farm Safety Net?” to “What is Needed for a Successful LEMA?” to “Chipotle.”

The registration deadline is Aug. 14 for the reduced fee of $175; registration after the date is $200. The fee includes conference proceeding recordings, parking, and meals. The on day fee is $125 prior to Aug. 14 and rises to $150 after the deadline.

The event will be held in the K-State Alumni Center. To register go to or contact Rich Llewelyn at 785-532-1504 or

Watch this video to learn why you should attend the 2015 Risk and Profit Conference.

Risk and Profit Conference is in 3 weeks! Have you registered?

Watch this video to learn why you should attend the 2015 Risk and Profit Conference.

2015 Risk and Profit Conference – August 20-21, 2015

K-State Alumni Center, Manhattan, Kansas
Dealing With Drought: The Effects and Economics of Drought in Agriculture
Credit card registration here
To Print Brochure and Pay By Check: Registration brochure

Schedule / Breakout schedule
Keynote Speakers
Breakout Sessions

Registration Information
Registration Brochure (PDF)
Trade Show

Maps & Directions
Hotel Accommodations

Previous Years’ Proceedings (2002-2014)

Credit card registration

To Print Brochure and Pay By Check: Registration brochure
For more information, contact Rich Llewelyn at the phone or email below:
Phone: 785-532-1504 Email: