Past Conference

Agricultural and Food Business Outlook logo2018 Agricultural and Food Business Outlook Conference

January 22, 2018, 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

Program Agenda

Registration Check-In and Refreshments

8:30 a.m.,148 Stocking Hall

Andrew M. Novakovic, Director of Land Grant Programs

Current Situation and Outlook for the National Economy
Steve Kyle, Associate Professor

Economic Characteristics of the NY/NE Agriculture and Food Sector
Jennifer Ifft, Assistant Professor

Preliminary Analysis of Tax Cuts and Jobs Act for Agricultural and Other Small Businesses
John McKinley, Professor of Practice


12:30 p.m., 148 Stocking Hall

Afternoon Session

1:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Session A: Dairy

PepsiCo Auditorium, Stocking Hall

Introduction and Welcome
Andrew M. Novakovic, E. V. Baker Professor of Agricultural Economics

Outlook for Dairy
Mark Stephenson, Director of Dairy Policy Analysis, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Outlook for Dairy Policy
Andrew M. Novakovic, E. V. Baker Professor of Agricultural Economics

Session B: Fruits and Vegetables

Room 201, Stocking Hall

Introduction and Welcome
Roberta Severson, Extension Associate

Situation and Outlook Report for Fruits and Vegetables
Brad Rickard, Associate Professor

Grape and Nursery Situation and Outlook
Jie Li, Research Associate

Implications of the Food Safety Modernization Act Product Safety Rule
John Bovay, Assistant Professor & Extension Economist, Dept of Ag & Resource Economics, University of Connecticut

An Overview of Geographical Indications in the Wine and Food Sector
Giovanni Sogari, Visiting Scholar