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Ag policy, industry take stage at forum
MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Agricultural policy and the state of the agricultural industry will be the topics of the Mississippi Agricultural Economics Association annual symposium in Starkville.
The 31 st annual symposium will be held June 2 and 3 at Mississippi State University in the Forest Products Auditorium. The public and those representing the ag industry, business and finance are invited to attend. A $20 symposium fee covers the Friday meeting and lunch.
Mark Keenum, chief of staff for Sen. Thad Cochran, will discuss the federal budget and the Farm Bill. Ken Hood, MSU Extension Service economist, and other speakers will discuss value added and alternative agricultural enterprises for Mississippi.
Topics of discussion will include the forest industry and product development, bio-diesel and alternative fuel technology, alternative uses of agricultural land such as ag tourism, and e-commerce in Mississippi.
The symposium begins Thursday afternoon with a scholarship golf tournament and steak social. The forum runs from 8:30 a.m. to noon Friday and ends with lunch. For more information on times and costs for Thursday's events or to register for the symposium, call (662) 325-2671 or visit http://www.agecon.msstate.edu.
Contact: John Black, (662) 325-7989