This project was the second of four sustainable outlook projects designed to deliver up-to-date economic outlook information to producers, educators, and other agricultural influencers. Project dates for this series of seminars will be January 22 - February 1, 2008. Virginia Cooperative Extension has partnered with extension educators from nine land grant Universities, the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Virginia, public entities, lending institutions, and various agribusiness input suppliers to engage producers, extension educators, and agricultural influencers in six comprehensive economic outlook seminars.
Increasing ethanol and biodiesel demand factors, large-fund commodity trading activities, increasing input costs for producers have producers, extension educators and agricultural community influencers in Virginia and neighboring states looking for ways to increase agricultural viability that will enable rural areas to prosper. This second series of regional economic outlook conferences will utilize the internet and or other interactive video tools to leverage limited educational resources by engaging participants in interactive presentations and discussions pertaining to timely and relevant marketing and price risk management information. Information presented will allow participants to make sound price risk and marketing decisions. Survey data and meeting experiences from the current project have shown that many producers, even those considered non-traditional, are willing and able to utilize distance learning technology and continue to be eager to learn from the various agricultural economists and other experts scattered across a diverse geographical and agricultural commodity landscape that they would otherwise not have access to.
|Conference||2008 National Women in Agriculture Educators Conference|
|Presentation Type||60-Minute Concurrent|