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2020 Agricultural and Food Business Outlook Conference

January 17, 2020, Cornell University, Stocking Hall

About the Conference


New York agricultural leaders learn about the short-and long-term outlook for agriculture and agricultural products. Breakout sessions concentrate on dairy, grains and feed, and horticultural products. By attending, you will:

  • Better understand critical issues facing agriculture in New York and the Northeast
  • Learn about the near-term outlook for major New York commodities
  • Interact with fellow leaders of the vibrant New York agricultural industry


Industry leaders, agribusiness professionals, policymakers, educators, and farm managers.


Dyson School faculty and other experts.

Teaching Format

Presentations by experts followed by questions. Breakout sessions in the afternoon.

Conference Contact Information

Michelle Cranston

General Questions Contact


Conference Schedule


8:30am – Registration Check-in and Refreshments
PepsiCo Auditorium, Stocking Hall

9:15am – 12:30pm – General Session
PepsiCo Auditorium, Stocking Hall

  • Welcome – Christopher Wolf, E. V. Baker Professor of Agricultural Economics, Dyson School
  • Current Situation and Outlook for the National Economy – Steve Kyle, Associate Professor, Dyson School
  • Economic Characteristics of the New York Agriculture & Food Sectors – Jennifer Ifft, Assistant Professor, Dyson School
  • Special Topics – What Does Climate Change Mean for NY Agriculture? – Ariel Ortiz Bobea, Assistant Professor

Lunch: 12:30pm –  148 Stocking Hall


1:30 – 3:30pm – Afternoon session

Session A: Dairy
PepsiCo Auditorium, Stocking Hall

  • Christopher Wolf, E.V. Baker Professor of Agricultural Economics
  • Mark Stephenson, Director of Dairy Policy Analysis, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Session B: Fruits & Vegetables
Room 201, Stocking Hall

  • Brad Rickard, Associate Professor
  • Miguel Gomez, Associate Professor, Dyson School