May 16 Texas Ag Forum to feature agricultural transportation issues

Transportation is focus of ag forum Transportation infrastructure crucial to ag economy

Agricultural transportation will be the focus of the 2016 Texas Ag Forum scheduled May 16 at the Hilton Austin Airport, organizers said.

The forum will feature presentations from transportation experts and farm group representatives.

“We thought it would be good to bring the agricultural and transportation experts together in one room to see where we are now and what the future holds,” said Dr. Joe Outlaw, co-director of the Agricultural and Food Policy Center at Texas A&M University and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist in College Station.

 Few people think about the transportation infrastructure that moves agricultural production to national and international markets and its economic impact, Outlaw said.

“Texas’ top agricultural exports are grain sorghum, beef and cotton,” Outlaw said. “We are also a corn deficit-state, so we transport a lot of corn into Texas. It’s critically important to the future of Texas agriculture that these products move smoothly and efficiently.”

The Hilton Austin Airport is located at 9515 Hotel Drive in Austin. Advanced registration is $125 through the Texas Agricultural Cooperative Council in Austin.

To register, call 512-450-0555 and ask for Christy Lewis. Same day registration is $150. Seating is limited. Lunch and breaks will be provided.

The Texas Ag Forum is an association of agricultural leaders and representatives from across the Texas food and fiber industries. It was founded more than 20 years ago to provide a forum for open and public discussion of problems and emerging issues in agriculture. It is a stakeholder-driven program in partnership with AgriLife Extension.

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