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National Conference for Food and Agribusiness

November 6-7, 2018

Faculty, Speakers, and Panelists for the 2018 National Conference 

Faculty and Subject Matter Experts


Jay Akridge                                                                                                                  Micheal Boehlje
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Diversity                  Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Economics
P: (765) 494:4327  
                                                                                                      P: (765) 494-4222   


Dave Downey                                                                                                              Scott Downey
Executive Director Emeritus and Professor Emeritus                                                 Associate Director and Associate Professor
P: (765) 494-0464                                                                                                       P: (765) 494-4325  


Benjamin Dunford                                                                                                      Michael Gunderson
Associate Professor of Management                                                                         Director and Professor 
P: (765) 496-7877                                                                                                      P: (765) 496-2010   

Jayson Lusk
Department Head of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University
P: (765) 494-4191

Speakers and Presenters


Steve Byrne                                                                                                              Todd Janzen 
Ph.D., CFA, US Chemicals Equity Research                                                           Attorney at Janzen Agricultural Law


Trey Malone                                                                                                          David Nour
Assistant Professor at Michigan State University                                                 CEO of The Nour Group 


Patricia Stroup 
                                                                                                    Bruce Vernon
Global Vice President and Head of Commodities at Nestlé                                CEO of CommodityAg LLC


Panelists and Guests




Marcelo D. P. Ferreira                                                                                         Anil Giri 
Assistant Professor in Escola de Agronomia                                                      Assistant Professor at University of Central Missouri
(College of Agricultural Sciences)                                                                       School of Natural Sciences
at the Universidade Federal de Goiás, Brazil


Kishor Luitel                                                                                                        Andrew Stevens 
Assistant Professor at Angelo State University                                                  Assistant Professor of Agricultural Economics 
Department of Agriculture                                                                                  at Mississippi State University

Sankalp Sharma
Assistant Professor of Agribusiness
Kent State - Tuscarawas


Kasey Bamberger
Partner, Bryant Agricultural Enterprise

King Hickman, Founding Member at GPS Dairy Consulting, LLC

Paul Hodgen, Hodgen Farms, Parkersburg, Indiana





Program Dates

November 6-7, 2018


Purdue University
West Lafayette, Ind.

Registration Fees

Day 1 only: $779/person (through Aug. 31)
                   $899/person (after Aug. 31)
Bundle: $1,195/person (through Aug. 31)
             $1,395/person (after Aug. 31)

Is this program for you?

We strongly encourage attendance in teams of three or more participants from each organization. For questions about registration fees and more information about the conference, contact:
Masi Keshavarz, Research Project Manager

Educational Credit

You can earn CEU and CCA credit at this program.

Registration fees include all program materials, refreshments and some meals. Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Once the program is full, names will be added to a waiting list in the order in which they are received. Registration fees are due upon receipt of registration. Read the cancellation policy.

  "The National Conference for Food and Agribusiness provides broad insight into agricultural producers' needs, preferences and priorities, as well as marketplace trends. Benefits beyond research include access to the Center for Food and Agricultural Business economists and team. Networking with conference participants provides added value in contextualizing lessons through an applied lens focused on agriculture."  

Michael Stolp

Senior Vice President, Customer and Employee Education
Senior Family Business Advisor
Northwest Farm Credit Services