• Bart Fischer, chief economist for the House Agriculture Committee, “An Insider’s Perspective on the 2014 Farm Bill.”
• Dr. Patrick “Pat” Westhoff, director, Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute, University of Missouri-Columbia, “Sector Level Analysis of the 2014 Farm Bill.”
• Dr. Doug Steele, director, AgriLife Extension, “Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the 2014 Farm Bill.”
• Dr. D. Scott Brown, assistant research professor, department of agricultural and applied economics, University of Missouri-Columbia, “A Dairy Perspective on the 2014 Farm Bill.”
• Dr. Gary Adams, vice president, economics and policy analysis, National Cotton Council, “Cotton and the 2014 Farm Bill.”
• Dr. Mechel S. “Mickey” Paggi, director of the Center for Agricultural Business in the department of agricultural economics, California State University-Fresno, “Fruits and Vegetables and the 2014 Farm Bill.”
Advanced registration is $125 through the Texas Agricultural Cooperative Council, 1210 San Antonio St., Suite 101, Austin, Texas 78701. To register, call 512-450-0555 and ask for Gloria Johnson. Same-day registration is $150.
The Texas Ag Forum is as an association of agricultural leaders and representatives from across the Texas food and fiber system. It was founded more than 20 years ago to provide a forum for open and public discussion of the problems and emerging issues in agriculture. It is a stakeholder-driven program in partnership with AgriLife Extension.
Tiffany Dowell, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist and agricultural law specialist in College Station, has seen her Texas Agriculture Law Blog continue to gain popularity due to timely topics addressing issues affecting landowners across the Lone Star State.
The law blog can be found online at http://agrilife.org/texasaglaw/ . It features a number of different topics, including updates on current ag-related litigation and events, information about basic laws in Texas, and information on specific legal issues such as pipeline easements and leasing.
In January, the blog had more than 2,100 visitors. The source serves not only farmers and ranchers, but Texas landowners as well, she said.
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