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2013 Risk and Profit Conference
August 21-22, 2013
K-State Alumni Center
Manhattan, Kansas


Keynote Speakers


Dr. Scott H. Irwin is recognized as a national and international leader in agricultural economics. His research on agricultural marketing and price analysis, commodity market efficiency, and speculation in commodity markets is widely-cited by other academic researchers and in high demand among market participants, policy-makers, and the media. He has produced over 200 scholarly publications in his career. Irwin’s research and outreach programs have had a significant and positive impact on the agricultural community. Examples include: * AgMAS – Irwin is co-director of this nationally-recognized project that provides performance evaluations of agricultural market advisory services. * Farmdoc – Irwin serves as the team leader of this award-winning Extension program that provides comprehensive risk management information and analysis for farmers and agribusinesses in the United States. Dr. Irwin and his collaborators have received more than $4 million in competitive grants to support these research and outreach programs. In recent years, Irwin has made important contributions to the international debate on the role of speculators in commodity futures markets.


Irwin’s lifelong fascination with agricultural economics began at an early age on the family farm in west-central Iowa. Trips to the local grain elevator sparked his interest in ag marketing and price analysis, and he pursued that interest at Iowa State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business. Irwin went on to earn both an M.S. and a Ph.D. in agricultural economics at Purdue University. Irwin joined the faculty of the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology at The Ohio State University in 1985. He was named the Francis B. McCormick Professor of Agricultural Marketing and Policy at Ohio State in 1996. During 1993-1994, Irwin served as a Visiting Scholar in the Office for Futures and Options Research at the University of Illinois. In 1997, he joined the faculty of the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois; he was named the Laurence J. Norton Chair of Agricultural Marketing in 2004. Irwin currently teaches courses on commodity price analysis and futures market research.


Terry Kastens is an emeritus professor and was an extension agricultural economist from 1995-2009 at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. He holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Kansas and a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Kansas State University. He currently is actively involved in the family farming operation in northwest Kansas, a farm that continues to be a pioneer in researching and adopting technologies such as no-till and precision agriculture. While at K-State, Kastens’ goal was to increase the profitability of those involved in production agriculture, especially in crops production. His main areas of emphasis were land ownership and leasing, machinery management, and technology adoption. But, land issues comprised the majority of his time. He retains these interests today. Hardly a week passes when he is not involved with negotiating arrangements between landowners and tenants, or in land purchase or land sale issues and questions. 


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