Ag Credit Conference

Hear from experts on agricultural trade, macroeconomic outlook, grain, carbon, specialty crop, dairy and livestock markets, while networking with MSU faculty, MSU Extension educators, industry representatives, and others.

Agricultural supply chains have confronted many challenges during the last two years, and the diversity of Michigan agriculture has led to a uniquely high number of challenges due to COVID-19. In its first year back since the beginning of the pandemic, experts at the Michigan Ag Credit Conference will share their insights on the past few years and provide an economic outlook for Michigan’s agricultural economy.

The Michigan Ag Credit Conference is scheduled for Oct. 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing, Mich. Designed to connect agricultural lenders, agribusinesses, policymakers, faculty experts, and industry stakeholders, this conference provides networking and learning opportunities in support of Michigan’s agricultural industry.

“For decades, this conference has brought together a unique mix of financial and academic leadership to explore important trends for Michigan agriculture,” said Trey Malone, assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics at MSU. “Agricultural supply chains are in a profoundly unique moment. Through the opportunity to develop networks between university faculty and experts in their respective fields, I’ve found the conversations at this conference to be reinvigorating for me, and often spurs future research topic ideas.”

Conference highlights

  • Agricultural trade and macroeconomic outlook with Aleks Schaefer from Oklahoma State University
  • Grain market outlook with MSU professor emeritus Jim Hilker
  • Federal policy outlook with John Kran from Michigan Farm Bureau
  • Opportunities and risks in carbon markets with Matt Gammans from MSU
  • Farm business management team program opportunities from Michigan State University Extension educators Corey Clark and Jon LaPorte
  • Specialty crop outlook with Trey Malone from MSU
  • Dairy market outlook with Chris Wolf from the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University.
  • Livestock market outlook with Melissa McKendree from MSU

“MSU’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the AFRE department specifically have had a lot of changes recently and this conference is a wonderful opportunity for the industry to meet our new administration and faculty,” said Scott Swinton, AFRE department chair. “I look forward to connecting with participants as the new department chair and talking about how we can support the industry.”

Participants can attend in person or listen to session recordings after the conference. Registration is $130 per person for either option. In-person participants will also receive access to the recordings after the conference. Visit to learn more about the program and register.