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Last Updated: 6/12/2018

Annual Agriculture Conference

On November 27, 2018, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago will hold a conference to explore issues surrounding the challenges, prospects, and opportunities of agricultural technology for farms and rural areas of the Midwest, with a particular focus on mechanisms for funding new technologies and their implementation. In light of the ties between farm households and off-farm income, the intersection of agricultural technology and rural economic life will play an important role in the future of the Midwest. At the conference, experts from academia, industry, and policy institutions will come together to discuss developments in technologies that are shaping the future for agriculture and the Midwestern economy. The goals of the conference include understanding technological change and its effects on farming and rural communities; examining policies that affect the rate and spread of technological change; analyzing the primary influences of new technologies on the Midwest, especially for employers, health systems, and educational institutions; and considering potential ways to fund agricultural innovations and improvements, particularly given lower farm profits in recent years.

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Dean Karen I. Plaut
Purdue University

As dean, Dr. Plaut is responsible for administering academic programs in the College of Agriculture, the Indiana Agricultural Experiment Station, the Purdue Cooperative Extension Service and a number of state regulatory services. In addition to her administrative role, Dr. Plaut is also Professor of Animal Sciences and has an active research program in mammary gland biology. Prior to her appointment as dean, she was Senior Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Affairs in the College of Agriculture.

Dr. Plaut received her B.S. in animal science from the University of Vermont, an M.S. in animal nutrition from Pennsylvania State University and a Ph.D. in animal science from Cornell University. Her postdoctoral studies were completed at the National Cancer Institute at NIH. Before coming to Purdue she was on faculty at the University of Vermont and Michigan State University serving as Chair of the Department of Animal Sciences at both institutions. She also spent a few years working with NASA as Lead Scientist for the International Space Station.

Tuesday, 11/27/18
9:00 AM
Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:15 AM
Session I: The Role of Agricultural Technology in the Future of Midwest Farms
10:15 AM
Session II: Agricultural Technology’s Effects on Rural Communities
12:00 PM
Keynote and Lunch
Leslie McGranahan, Vice President and Director of Regional Research, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Karen I. Plaut, Glenn W. Sample Dean of Agriculture, Purdue University
1:30 PM
Session III: The Role of Broadband for Agricultural Technologies and the Rural Economy of the Midwest
2:30 PM
Session IV: Panel discussion – How will new agricultural technologies be implemented and funded?
4:00 PM
Event Information
Event Contact
Ella Dukes

11/27/18  - 11/27/18
Registration Deadline
Friday, November 23, 2018
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Third Floor Conference Center
230 S LaSalle St
Chicago, IL 60604
$80 until October 19, 2018; After October 19, the registration fee is $100.

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, 230 South LaSalle Street, Chicago, Illinois 60604-1413, USA. Tel. (312) 322-5322

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