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Risky Business: Managing Agribusiness Risk - Manhattan 2015

Risky Business

Master of Agribusiness students, alumni and industry partners gathered in Manhattan September 17-19, 2015 for the "Risky Business: Managing Agribusiness Risk" professional development and alumni reunion event.

Attendees had the opportunity to interact with experts in the agribusiness industry regarding the best methods to mitigate risk in a volatile environment.

To open the event on Thursday, September 17, Larry Gilmore, VSP Global, and Essien Ita, Wellpoint Energy, talked about managing risk in international business. They were followed by sessions on managing financial risk with Renee Laird, Tallgrass International Ltd., and managing risk with land usage by Dr. Nelson Villoria, Kansas State University.

Thursday evening, attendees were entertained by the Peterson Farm Brothers sharing their story of becoming agvocates (agriculture advocates) and performing a few of their song parodies.

Friday sessions included managing the economic risks of climate change in the U.S. by Tony Nugteren, Cargill; putting big data to work in agribusiness, Dr. Terry Griffin, Kansas State University; intelligence practices for knowing and managing risk by Danny Pickens of Optiv’s Global Threat Intelligence Center; and managing data risk by Ken Harmon, Koch Industries. The conference wrapped up with a general roundtable discussion of all of the event topics.

The weekend’s events were capped off with an MAB/Agricultural Economics tailgate before the K-State/Louisiana Tech football game, which the Cats won in triple overtime!