2019 Presenters

Jayson Lusk

Stacey Seibel

Mykel Taylor

Amanda Freund

Thursday, February 7, 2019

8:30 a.m. - Welcome Keynote

Jayson Lusk - The Food Police

Jayson Lusk is a food and agricultural economist who studies what we eat and why we eat it. His book The Food Police: A Well-Fed Manifesto about the Politics of Your Plate is a critical account of food and agriculture economics. Following many years of studying food regulation and comparing costs and benefits of the policies in question, Lusk grew disenchanted with a movement that he feels ignores the realities facing most American consumers and farmers. Lusk argues that the “food elite” in America have made food more expensive—putting lower-income consumers at a disadvantage—and prevented us from taking full advantage of emerging technologies in the food industry. In his most recent book, Unnaturally Delicious: How Science and Technology are Serving Up Super Foods to Save the World, Lusk writes about how technology and agriculture can work together to help solve the world’s largest food issues and improve our farming system. Lusk is a Distinguished Professor and Head of the Agricultural Economics Department at Purdue University, previously holding appointments at Mississippi State, Oklahoma State, and the French National Institute for Agricultural Research. One of the most prolific and cited food and agricultural economists, Lusk has published editorials in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes.com, Foxnews.com, TIME.com, and the Huffington Post. He was elected to and served on the executive committees of the Southern Agricultural Economics Association, the Western Agricultural Economics Association, and the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association for which he served as president. Lusk was named a fellow of the AAEA in 2015.


Noon - Lunch Keynote

Stacey Seibel - Designing the Future of the Farm — Estate Planning to Make the Farm a Perfect Fit for the Next Generation

Attorney Stacey Seibel practices estate planning law in Hays, Kansas.  As a fifth generation Kansan who comes from a long line of ranchers and farmers, Ms. Seibel has a personal understanding of the importance of proper estate planning and the impact it can have on family assets as they pass from generation to generation.  She has made it her personal mission to help her clients preserve their hard-earned assets by using various estate-planning tools at her disposal in an effort to avoid probate and minimize death taxes. 


Friday, February 8, 2019

7:30 a.m. Breakfast Keynote

Mykel Taylor - Managing Your Landowner Relationship

Mykel Taylor is an Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Kansas State University. She grew up on a cattle ranch in Montana and attended Montana State University majoring in Agribusiness Management. Her PhD in Economics is from North Carolina State University. Mykel has worked in extension positions at both Kansas State University and Washington State University. Some of her current research areas include crop and pasture land leasing, management of basis risk in the commodity markets, measuring impacts of food safety and labeling on U.S. meat demand, and evaluation of commodity programs in the 2014 Farm Bill. 



Noon - Lunch Keynote

Amanda Freund - Our Family's Farm Table

Amanda Freund is the 3rd generation on her family farm in East Canaan, CT. The family manages 3 farm businesses; a dairy farm, a farm market & bakery and their value added product, CowPots. Among other things, Amanda is in charge of feeding the cows each morning, the farm’s presence on social media and marketing CowPots, a biodegradable pot made from their cows' manure. A graduate of Cornell University, before joining her family farm full-time in 2015, she held various positions in government and with the Connecticut Farm Bureau. Amanda served as an agriculture volunteer with the Peace Corps in Zambia from 2010-2012. Amanda currently serves as President of the Young Cooperators Committee with her dairy cooperative, Cabot Creamery. In 2016 she began speaking professionally at conferences, on panels and in classrooms about the impact of women in agriculture and sustainability.