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By Stephanie Schupska
University of Georgia

It’s not unusual to talk business over breakfast. But on four midwinter mornings, “Ag Forecast 2007” will offer a rare opportunity as economists, farmers, agribusiness leaders and lenders gather over breakfast for crucial business information and a look at Georgia’s agricultural future.

The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences will host the breakfast meetings in four Georgia cities. They’re set for 8 to 11 a.m. on Feb. 19 in Macon, Feb. 20 in Statesboro, Feb. 21 in Albany and Feb. 28 in Gainesville.

Those attending Ag Forecast 2007 will join national and statewide experts such as Texas A&M economist Joe Outlaw, UGA economist John McKissick, CAES dean and director Scott Angle and a diverse reaction panel of industry economists and others.

Outlaw will discuss upcoming farm bill prospects. McKissick will summarize Georgia’s 2007 agricultural prospects.

Participants will also get the 2007 Agricultural Price and Profit Planning Book, a detailed analysis of each major commodity produced in Georgia. The book was developed by CAES economists.

“Agricultural and agribusiness professionals face special challenges in 2007,” said McKissick, director of the CAES Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development.

“Through these four breakfast meetings,” he said, “we’re providing Georgia’s agricultural decision makers the latest 2007 price prospects and pending farm bill legislation.”

The meetings, Angle said, “are your land-grant university in action, fulfilling its mission that is as important today as it was when first created nearly 150 years ago.”

Abraham Lincoln signed the bill establishing the land-grant system, he said, to give all Americans the opportunity to benefit from higher public education through new research, delivery of information or on-campus classes.

Georgia Farm Bureau, the Georgia Department of Agriculture and the Georgia Agribusiness Council will cosponsor the meetings.

The cost for the event is $30 per person or $225 for a table of eight. The deadline to register is Feb. 5. For more information, visit www.GeorgiaAgForecast.com, call (706) 542-2434 or e-mail caed@agecon.uga.edu. To register, visit www.pware.com/2532.

(Stephanie Schupska is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)

(Stephanie Schupska is a news editor with the University of Georgia Public Affairs Office.)

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