Published: Dec. 28, 2011

MSUE expo offers long-term view for farmers, ag professionals

Contact(s): Beth Stuever ANR Communications office: (269) 274-1399

East Lansing, Mich. – Michigan State University Extension is bringing farmers and agriculture professionals together to learn more about the changes on the horizon at The Michigan Ag Commodities Educational Expo Jan. 26 at the Lansing Center.

At the expo, MSU economists and MSU Extension specialists Jim Hilker and Chris Wolf will be discussing market outlook for grains, meat, milk, hay and eggs. These two professors will be explaining the key factors affecting the future of agriculture. Kurt Thelen, MSU professor and MSU AgBioResearch scientist, will lead a producer panel in a discussion of lessons learned from the 2011 planting season.

Sally Shaver, a former employee of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency who worked at the agency for more than 30 years, will talk about the impact new air regulations may have on food prices and farm incomes. Shaver has spoken on numerous occasions regarding new EPA policies.

Representatives from U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow's office will be discussing the new federal farm bill, which provides funding to farmers.

The Michigan Ag Commodity Educational Expo takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The registration fee is $75. Register here or contact Megghan Honke at or (517) 353-3175, ext. 229.