Extension Summer Outlook Conference

The Agricultural Extension Outlook Conference has existed for over 45 years as a place where Extension professionals and USDA staff can meet to share their analysis and forecasts for the coming year.


Hilton Kansas City Airport 
8801 Northwest 112th Street
Kansas City, MO 64153

Driving Directions 


Daniel O'Brien 
Kansas State University 

Phone: 785-462-6281

Focus of Conference

The Situation and Prospects for U.S. Agricultural Markets & the Farm Economy in 2018-2019

 A Special Emphasis for the 2018 Extension Outlook Conference:

“How agricultural trade issues may affect U.S. agricultural markets and the U.S. farm economy in the short & long term.”

Target Audience:            

  • Ag Economists at U.S./North American Land Grant Universities (Extension, Research & Teaching)
  • USDA World Agricultural Outlook Board (WAOB), Economic Research Service (ERS), National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), Farm Service Agency (FSA) & Risk Management Agency (RMA)
  • U.S. Extension Agricultural Agents
  • State Extension Farm Management Association &/or Farm Business Ag Economists & Analysts
  • Agricultural Instructors in U.S. 2-year and 4-year degree Educational Institutions
  • Agribusiness & Ag Finance Interests associated with the Agriculture & Applied Economics Association (AAEA)


The conference will be at Hilton Kansas City Airport.  The group rate is no longer available for guest rooms.

Conference Agenda

1st Day – Monday, August 13, 2018 (Program begins at 12:45 p.m.)


Agenda Item

Presenter - Discussant

12:00 p.m.



12:45 p.m.

Welcome & Introductions

Daniel O’Brien, Extension Ag Economist, Kansas State University

12:55 p.m.

Key Weather Trends in U.S. Agriculture

Dennis Todey, Dir. USDA Midwest Climate Hub, Ag Climatologist, Ames, IA

1:25 p.m.

U.S. Farm Policy & the 2018 Farm Bill

Brad Lubben, Extension Ag Policy Specialist, Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln

*1:55 p.m.

Agricultural Trade Trends & Prospects for U.S. & World Markets (1st Featured Presentation)

Dermot Hayes, Pioneer Chair in Agribusiness & the Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture & Life Sciences, Iowa State University

2:45 p.m.



*2:55 p.m.

U.S. Agricultural Finance Trends 

(2nd Featured Presentation)         

Allen Featherstone, Professor & Agricultural Economics Department Head, Kansas State University

3:45 p.m.

Beef Market Outlook

Glynn Tonsor, Kansas State University

4:15 p.m.

Pork Market Outlook

Chris Hurt, Purdue University

4:45 p.m.

Dairy Market Outlook

Katelyn McCullock, Livestock Marketing Information Center, Lakewood, CO

5:15 p.m.

Livestock Market Overview & Discussion

Melissa McKendree, Michigan State University

5:45 p.m.

Adjourn 1st Day of Conference


2nd Day – Tuesday, August 14, 2018 (Program begins at 7:40 a.m.)


Agenda Item

Presenter - Discussant

6:30 a.m.



7:25 a.m.

Planning Group for 2019 Ext Outlook Conf.

State Extension Representatives

7:40 a.m.

State Crop Status Discussion

Mark Wood, Kansas Farm Management Association, NW Kansas

*8:20 a.m.

USDA NASS Programs & Observations on 2018 U.S. Crops  (3rd Featured Presentation)

USDA NASS Crops Branch Representative

9:00 a.m.

Corn Market Outlook

Chad Hart, Iowa State University

9:30 a.m.

Soybean Market Outlook

Frayne Olson, North Dakota State University

10:00 a.m.



10:15 a.m.

Wheat Market Outlook

Kim Anderson, Oklahoma State University

10:45 a.m.

Market Prospects for Canola, Sunflower, Cotton & Sorghum

Frayne Olson, NDSU & Daniel O’Brien, KSU

11:00 a.m.

Bioenergy Market Outlook

David Riplinger, North Dakota State University

11:30 a.m.

Grain & Bioenergy Market Overview & Discussion

Todd Hubbs, University of Illinois

12:00 p.m.



*12:50 p.m.

Outlook for the U.S. Economy

(4th Featured Presentation)

Cortney Cowley, Economist-Omaha, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

1:45 p.m

Discussion & Closing Comments

Daniel O’Brien, Extension Ag Economist, Kansas State University

2:00 p.m.

Adjourn 2nd Day of Conference


* Featured Speakers