Sky high fuel and sky high prices equal high risk and that is the theme of this year’s Risk and Profit Conference and Trade Show hosted by KansasStateUniversity’s (KSU) Department of Agriculture Economics. The annual conference will be held Aug. 14-15, 2008 at the K-StateAlumniCenter in Manhattan, Kan. Participants will have a chance to hear from keynote speakers Jason Henderson, regional economist and representative for the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, and Troy Dumler, KSU agricultural economist.

Breakout sessions will cover 20 diverse topics, however several sessions will focus on key issues for cattle and stocker operators. Leading off the list will be a session presented by Art Barnaby, “Managing the Threat of $3 Corn.” Other sessions will discuss the impact that cost of gain and death loss trends have on the cattle feeding sector, as well as a breakout on the viability of traditional risk management tools. In addition to the keynote speakers and various breakout sessions, attendees will hear an updated livestock and grain outlook from KansasStateUniversity economists, James Mintert and Michael Woolverton.

For more information or to download a registration form for this conference, click here.

K-State researchers have also posted a new resource to the university’s AgManager.Info site in the form of a new spreadsheet program to compare alternative marketing strategies that use the futures and options markets. Created by Kevin Dhuyvetter, KansasStateUniversity professor and extension specialist, the spreadsheet can be downloaded at the Livestock Risk Protection section of the Web site.