On November 9, 2010, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago will hold a conference to explore perspectives on the role that Midwest agriculture can play in rural development. A particular focus of the conference will be the entrepreneurial nature of agriculture and policies that can foster agricultural entrepreneurs. At the conference, experts from academia, industry and policy institutions will discuss the interplay between Midwest agriculture and rural development, especially the role of public policies. The goals of the conference include providing current information on the status of the rural Midwest; exploring the impacts of agricultural amenities and disamenities on rural areas; probing the reality about rural employment generated by agriculture and the bioeconomy; and discussing policy directions for agriculture and rural development that will propel the rural Midwest toward a brighter future. Check back in the near future for additional details including the agenda.
The Intersection of Midwest Agriculture and Rural Development
Registration and Continental Breakfast
Welcome and Opening Remarks
David B. Oppedahl, Business Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Session I: Rural America Today
Session II: Agriculture and Employment in the Rural Midwest
Edward Feser, Professor and Head of Urban and Regional Planning, and Professor of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
David Swenson, Research Associate, Department of Economics, Iowa State University
Michael W. Sands, Executive Director, Liberty Prairie Foundation, and Environmental Team Leader, Prairie Crossing
Luncheon and Keynote
Daniel G. Sullivan, Executive Vice President and Director of Research, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Kathleen A. Merrigan, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Session IV: Panel Discussion: How Should Public Policy Intertwine Agriculture and Rural Development?
William Testa, Vice President and Director of Regional Programs, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Mark Partridge, Professor and Swank Chair of Rural-Urban Policy, Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics, Ohio State University
David R. Terrell, Deputy Chief of Staff, Lt. Governor Rebecca S. Skillman, and Executive Director, Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs
Curtis Wiley, Chief of Staff, Business and Cooperative Programs, Rural Development Agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Last Updated: 11/15/2010
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