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Luncheons & Banquets

The cost to attend a luncheon and/or banquet, is not included in the Annual Meeting Registration cost. You may register for a luncheon or banquet while registering for the Annual Meeting or by calling (414) 918-3190.

Tickets will not be sold on-site at the meeting.


Extension Section Luncheon (SP31)
Monday, July 31
11:30 am – 1:00 pm

*Member rate requires joining Extension Section

Speaker: Scott H Irwin, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
"Is farmdoc the future of Production Ag Extension?”

Dr. Scott H. Irwin is a national and international leader in the field of agricultural economics. His research on agricultural markets is widely-cited by other academic researchers and is in high demand among market participants, policymakers, and the media. He is best known for his work on the impact of speculation in commodity markets. Irwin has published numerous academic articles on the subject and has been called upon to provide testimony before the U.S. Congress, the OECD, and the CFTC, as well as publishing op-ed articles in the New York Times and Washington Times. He is also a well-known innovator in the development of agricultural extension programs that have helped hundreds of thousands of farmers in Illinois, the U.S. and throughout the world make more informed production, marketing, and financial decisions. His vision and leadership have been the driving force behind the award-winning farmdoc project at the University of Illinois since its inception in 1999. Irwin is a member of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) and was named a Fellow in 2013, the highest honor bestowed by the Association. He has also received the Distinguished Group Extension Program Award (three times), the Quality of Communication Award, and Quality of Research Discovery Award from the AAEA.

Applied Risk Analysis Section Invited Lecture and Luncheon (SP32)
Monday, July 31
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Cost: $45

Speaker: Robert Klein, Georgia State University
"Regulation and Markets in Catastrophe Insurance"

Robert Klein is Associate Professor, and Director of Center for Risk Management and Insurance Research (RMI). Before starting his career at Georgia State in 1996, Klein served as the director of research for the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. He also served as a staff economist for the Michigan Insurance Bureau and the Michigan Senate Fiscal Agency. Klein has written extensively on various topics on insurance and insurance regulation, including the structure and performance of insurance markets, rate regulation, catastrophe insurance problems, urban insurance issues, workers’ compensation, international insurance regulation and solvency regulation.

CWAE, COSBAE, and Specialty Crop Economics Speaker Series & Luncheon (SP33)
Monday, July 31
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Cost: $76

Speaker: Constance Cullman, Farm Foundation, NFP

Prior to joining the Farm Foundation as its 7th President and Chief Executive Officer in June of 2016, Cullman served as the U.S. Government Affairs Leader for Dow AgroSciences from January 2010-June 2016.  Before that she worked at the Corn Refiners Association, the Foreign Agricultural Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, and the Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics and a master’s in agricultural economics from Ohio State.

International Lecture and Reception (SP34)
Monday, July 31
8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Cost: $25

Speaker:  Christopher Udry, Yale University

Christopher Udry is one of the foremost U.S. authorities on rural economic development in Africa. He has conducted path breaking research on technological change in agriculture, the use of financial markets, asset accumulation and gift exchange to cope with risk, gender relations and the structure of household economies, property rights and other aspects of rural economic organization. Early in his career he taught as a secondary school teacher in northern Ghana, later serving as a visiting scholar at the University of Ghana and Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria.  Most recently, as Henry J. Heinz II Professor of Economics at Yale.

Dr. Udry directed the Economic Growth Center and served as the Chair of the Department of Economics. This year he rejoined Northwestern University, where he began has academic career, as one of the guiding lights in the university’s research on global issues. Among numerous honors, Udry is a fellow of the Econometric Society and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Earlier this year, he received an honorary degree from the University of Ghana for his “distinguished scholarship” and role in building the capacity of African development economists.

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