Truth or Consequences: The Future of Contracts in Agriculture, 2003

Truth or Consequences: The Future of Contracts in Agriculture
Sept. 4-5, 2003
Kansas City, MO

The May 2004 Farm Foundation Isssue Report is based on this conference, of which Farm Foundation was one of the organizers.

Here are presentations made at the conference.

Setting the Stage
Don Villwock, President, Indiana Farm Bureau
Setting the Stage: Agricultural Structure and Drivers of Change
Terry Barr, Chief Economist and Vice President of Agriculture, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives: The Virtual Integration of the Food, Natural Fiber and Agricultural System
Setting the Stage: Historical Development of Agriculture in the U.S.
Ronald Knutson, Professor Emeritus, Texas A&M University:  Historical Developments in U.S. Agriculture
 Setting the Stage:
Potential Consequences and Ramifications of Implementing Contracting Interpretations and Laws of Oklahoma and South Dakota
H.L. Goodwin Jr., Associate Professor and Poultry Economist, University of Arkansas
Drew Kershen, Earl Sneed Centennial Professor, University of Oklahoma
Hugh Dorminy, Vice President, Cargill Pork
 Setting the Stage:
Contracting Law and the Courts Response to Conflicts Between Contracting Parties
Roger McEowen, Agriculture Law and Policy Extension Specialist, Kansas State University
Marvin Hayenga, Professor, Iowa State University:  Contracts and Litigation
Weldon Schieffer, Program Manager, Institute for Issue Management and Alternative Dispute Resolution
Setting the Stage:
Ethical Issues Involved in Examining a Contract Relationship
John Copeland, Executive in Residence, Donald G. Soderquist Center for Business Leadership and Ethics, and Professor, John Brown University:  Business Ethics & Production Contracts: The Need for Social Responsibility
Responses of Business:
Access to Financing and Asset Restriction: The Impact of Agricultural Contracting
Mickey Paggi, Director, Center for Agricultural Business, and Professor, California State University, Fresno: Riding the Wave of Change– Contracting in Specialty Crops and Implications for Grower Credit and Finance
Steve Turner, Attorney, Financial Transactions Section and Bankruptcy and Financial Dispute Resolution Group, Baird Holm Attorneys at Law
Responses of Business:
Agribusiness Structure and Transformation: Responses of the Food Industry to Organizational Changes
Tom Sporleder, Professor, Ohio State University:  Business Responses to Food Supply Chain Dynamics
Corinne Alexander, Assistant Professor, Purdue University: Biotechnology and Contracts
Responses of Business:
Agricultural Cooperatives and the Role of New Generation Cooperatives
Bill Oemichen, President and CEO, Wisconsin Federation of Cooperatives and Minnesota Association of Cooperatives:  The New Minnesota Cooperative Model–Providing Enhanced Investment Opportunities for Cooperative Members

Paul Strandberg, Project Manager, Office of Commissioner Gene Hugoson, Minnesota Department of Agriculture

Larry Snell, Executive Director, Kentucky Center for Cooperative Development

Jerry Pennick, Land Assistance Fund Director, Federation of Southern Cooperatives

Responses of Producers: Alternative Agricultural Markets and Structures
Janie Hipp, Agriculture and Natural Resources Public Policy Specialist, University of Arkansas

Paula Ford, Professional Development Program Coordinator, North Central Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education

Rick Welsh, Assistant Professor, Center for the Environment, Clarkson University:  The Effect of Laws That Foster Agricultural Bargaining–The Case of Apple Growers in Michigan and New York

Responses of Communities:
Economic and Sociological Impacts of Changes in Agricultural Contracts on Rural Communities
Mark Henry, Co-Coordinator, Rural Economic Development Research Laboratory and Professor, Clemson University:  New Producer Alliances and Rural Places

Jerry DeWitt, Professor, Iowa State University

Brad Redlin, Outreach Coordinator, Center for Rural Affairs:  Economic and Sociological Impacts of Changes in Agricultural Contracts on Rural Communities

Responses of Government:
The Appropriate Role of Legislatures, Agencies, and Public and Private Institutions–a panel discussion
Gene Hugoson, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Agriculture

Chuck Lambert, Deputy Under Secretary, Department of Marketing and Regulatory Programs, USDA

Doug O’Brien, Counsel, U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry: Policy Approaches to Address Problems Associated With Consolidation and Vertical Integration in Agriculture

Synthesis of the Blue Ribbon Panel: Charge to Research and Educational Entities to Address Current and Future Policy
Barry Flinchbaugh, Professor and Extension State Leader, Kansas State University

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