I want to invite agricultural producers and those connected to Nebraska's agriculture industry to take part in our 23rd annual Governor's Ag Conference.
The conference will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, March 1 and 2 at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Kearney. The theme for this year's conference is Nebraska Agriculture: Powering the Economy in Challenging Times. Attendees can expect a wealth of information about emerging issues and how those issues affect their agricultural operation or business.
This event is a good opportunity for ag producers and leaders to come together to learn more about the issues impacting the industry and to ensure our state's largest industry remains strong. We have a number of speakers slated to discuss the relationship between agriculture and the regional, national and international economic climate.
Our keynote speaker this year is Paul Schickler, President of Pioneer Hi-Bred, DuPont's global advanced seed genetics operation. He will join us to discuss a range of issues impacting agriculture worldwide including international trade, currency issues and the global economic climate. It will be a very interesting presentation.
Also scheduled to join us is Dale Moore of Policy Directions based in Washington D.C. A veteran of farm policy issues after spending eight years as a senior official at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, he will preview some of the challenges of designing a new Farm Bill in the current economic and federal budgetary climate. His insight will provide a first-look at how discussions are shaping up for the next Farm Bill.
Other presenters include Jason Henderson of the Omaha Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. He will provide an updated economic forecast and some perspective on how the agriculture industry impacts the larger state and national economy. Dr. Brad Lubben with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will discuss regulatory issues and their potential impact on agriculture and the economy, including a review of recent cap and trade legislation.
The conference will convene earlier than usual with a presentation from opening speakers Troy and Stacy Hadrick of Advocates for Agriculture on Tuesday afternoon, March 2 at 3:30 p.m. They bring a common sense approach to discussions on animal agriculture and we are pleased to have them as part of this year's line-up. The "Celebrate Nebraska Agriculture" reception follows, featuring a wide variety of Nebraska food products and local entertainers Habitat 4 Harmony.
Anyone interested in issues impacting our state's agriculture industry is invited to attend. A $80 registration fee covers participation at activities on Tuesday and Wednesday. Registration is available through the Nebraska Department of Agriculture's website at www.agr.ne.gov, or by calling the department toll-free at (800) 831-0550.
The Governor's Ag Conference is one important way we work with agricultural producers. It's a valuable opportunity for me to hear directly from our producers and commodity groups about the issues affecting them. I look forward to meeting with conference attendees when we gather next month in Kearney.