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Southeast Department of Agriculture Hosting 2017 Strategic Ag Outlook Conference

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Regional and national leaders representing the grain, transportation, domestic and international fertilizer markets will speak at the Strategic Ag Outlook 2017 Conference Feb. 20-21 at Southeast Missouri State University.

This year’s conference is a collaborative educational gathering open to the community, area agribusiness leaders and Southeast students, and is sponsored by Southeast’s Department of Agriculture, Midwest Grain & Barge Company and Midwest Agri-Chemico, Inc.

“The conference is a great opportunity for Southeast students to strengthen and develop their networking and situational skills by connecting with real world agribusiness professionals,” said Dr. Michael Aide, chair of Southeast’s Department of Agriculture. “The goal is to expose and engage our students to the top industry experts in the many agribusiness disciplines.”

The conference begins with a round table discussion and question and answer session from 5:30-7 p.m. in the atrium of Dempster Hall. Attendees can talk to company representatives, discuss career options and network. Admission is free.

Speakers will include Nathan Bengtson of DuPont Pioneer, Lisa Boone of Heartland Barge, Keith Brotherton of The Bank of Missouri, Meagan DeLisle of Tyson Foods, Doron Fadlon of ICL/Americas, Chad Henderson of Prime Agriculture Consultants, Hank and Jackie Johnson of Chaumette Winery, Stephanie Lynch of The Climate Corporation, Russ Mothershead of Midwest Grain & Barge Company, and Julia Thompson of Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation.

On Feb. 21, a casual lunch will take place at noon followed by industry presentations at 1 p.m. in Glenn Auditorium of Dempster Hall. The conference will be simulcast live at Southeast’s regional campuses in Kennett, Malden and Sikeston, Missouri.

Admission is free.

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