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United States Department of Agriculture


Sugar Outlook
Moderator: Barbara Fesco, Director, Dairy and Sweeteners Analysis Group, Farm Service Agency, USDA, Washington, DC

Speaker: Larry Faucheux, CEO and General Manager, Louisiana Sugar Refining, LLC, Gramercy, LA (Slides)

Speaker: Liz Clark, Vice President Government Affairs, National Confectioners Association, Washington, DC (Slides)

Speaker: Paul Farmer, President, CSC Sugar, New Canaan, CT (Slides)


Grains & Oilseeds Outlook
Moderator: Patrick Packnett, Assistant Deputy Administrator, Office of Global Analysis, Foreign Agricultural Service, USDA, Washington, DC

Brazil's Response to Lower Commodity Prices: Will Infrastructure Improvements Support Further Expansion?
Speaker: Michael Cordonnier, Soybean and Corn Advisor, Hinsdale, IL,

USDA Grains & Oilseeds Outlook
Speaker: Bill George, Senior Agricultural Economist, Foreign Agricultural Service, USDA, Washington, DC

Current Agricultural Industrial Reports (CAIR)
Speaker: Troy Joshua, Chief, Environmental, Economics, and Demographics Branch, National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA, Washington, DC


USDA Cotton Outlook
Moderator: Joanne Vande Werken, Cotton Research Manager, Noble Agri, Houston, TX

The World and U.S. Cotton Outlook for 2015/16
Carol Skelly
, Fibers Analyst, Office of the Chief Economist, Washington, DC

Price and Production Challenges Facing West Texas Cotton Farmers
Speaker: Kelli Merritt, President, CropMark Select, Lamesa, TX

China's Cotton Sector and the New Policy Regime
Speaker: Dale Cougot, General Manager, Knowledge Management, Olam International, Richardson, TX


Livestock & Poultry Outlook
Moderator: Warren P. Preston, Associate Deputy Administrator, Livestock, Poultry, and Seed Program, Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA, Washington, DC

USDA Livestock & Poultry Outlook
Speaker: Michael Jewison, Agricultural Economist, World Agricultural Outlook Board, USDA, Washington, DC

Livestock & Poultry Outlook
Implications of Wildlife Management Property Tax Valuation on Livestock Industry Growth
Speaker: Tiffany Dowell Lashmet, Assistant Professor & Extension Specialist, Agricultural Law, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Amarillo, TX

Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Update: Is the Worst Past?
Speaker: Liz Wagstrom, Chief Veterinarian, National Pork Producers Council, Washington, DC


Dairy Outlook
Moderator: Roger Cryan, Director, Economics Division, Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA, Washington, DC

USDA Dairy Outlook
Speaker: Shayle Shagam, Livestock & Poultry Analyst and ICEC Chair, World Agricultural Outlook Board, USDA, Washington, DC

Dairy Farmers of America's Joint Dairy Venture with the Chinese
: Jay Waldvogel, Senior Vice President, Strategy & International Development, Dairy Farmers of America, Kansas City, MO

Sourcing Dairy Ingredients from Around the World: The Fonterra Experience
Speaker: Rick Pedersen, Commerical Director, Fonterra (USA), Rosemont, IL