MANHATTAN, Kan. - Drought conditions coupled with record-breaking heat are forcing difficult management decisions on beef operations across the country this summer. A keynote speaker at the 2012 K-State Beef Conference Aug. 9 will address changing weather patterns and their impact on agriculture in the future.
Historical climatologist Evelyn Browning-Garriss has spent more than 30 years as a business consultant, editor and author explaining the impact of changing climate on economic and social trends.
Browning-Garriss will give a presentation: “Weather Patterns/Global Warming and Implications for Agriculture.” Browning-Garriss, based in Burlington, Vt., is editor of the Browning Newsletter, and has authored or co-authored five books on the changing climate's impact on water supplies, agriculture, business and terrorism.
The conference begins with registration at 8 a.m. and the program at 8:50 a.m. in Frick Auditorium, Mosier Hall at K-State's Veterinary Medical Complex.
For those who are unable to attend in Manhattan, the conference will be telecast to other sites around Kansas, including El Dorado, Parsons, Pratt, Wakeeney and Lucas.
Other sessions on the program includes:
-2012 Farm Bill and U.S. Economic Outlook: Its Impact on the Kansas Ag Sector - Troy Dumler, K-State Research and Extension agricultural economist;
-Changes in the INS and OUTS of the Cow Business - Glynn Tonsor, K-State agricultural economist;
-Apply Lessons Learned from Drought - Justin Waggoner, K-State beef systems specialist and Bob Weaber, K-State cow/calf specialist; and
-Define Your Product - Chip Ramsey, Rex Ranch, Ashby, Nebraska and Warren Weibert, Decatur County Feedyard, Oberlin, Kansas.
The fee to attend the 2012 K-State Beef Conference is $60 per person or $100 for two if from the same family ranch or organization. Registration is due by Friday, Aug. 3. The fee includes all conference materials and a noon meal as well as refreshments in the morning and afternoon.