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K-State Research and Extension
123 Umberger Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506-3401

September 8, 2015

Risky Business: Managing Agribusiness Risk Seminar

Submitted by Mary Bowen

Kansas State University’s Master of Agribusiness (MAB) program is hosting Risky Business: Managing Agribusiness Risk, an event to interact with experts in the agribusiness industry regarding the best ways to mitigate risk in a volatile environment.

The MAB Professional Development Conference will be September 17 – 19, 2015 at the Kansas Department of Agriculture building in Manhattan.

To open the event on the afternoon of Thursday, September 17, Larry Gilmore, VSP Global, and Essien Ita, Wellpoint Energy, will talk about managing risk in international business. They will be followed by sessions on managing financial risk (Renee Laird, Tallgrass International Ltd.) and managing risk with land usage (Dr. Nelson Villoria, Kansas State University.) Thursday evening entertainment will be provided by the Peterson Farm Brothers.

Friday sessions include managing the risk of climate change by Tony Nugteren, Cargill; putting big data to work in agribusiness, Dr. Terry Griffin, Kansas State University; and intelligence practices for knowing and managing risk by Danny Pickens of the Global Threat Intelligence Center.

There will be also be optional afternoon tours of Kansas Wheat Innovation Center and the Kansas State University OH Kruse Feed Technology Innovation Center.

The event is open to agribusiness professionals interested in learning more about the current global agriculture industry. Registration fee for the conference is $225 and includes meals, meeting materials and a tailgate on Saturday, September 19 before the KSU vs Louisiana Tech football game. Interested individuals can register online at www.mab.ksu.edu or contact Mary Bowen, mjbowen@ksu.edu, 785-532-4435, for more information.

K-State’s Master of Agribusiness is an award-winning, distance-education degree program that focuses on food and agribusiness management. Students and alumni work in every sector of the food and agribusiness industry and are located in 40 states within the United States and in more than 30 countries.