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WEBINAR: Grain forecast and poultry, beef price outlook for 2016-2017

4/19/16 10:00 am CDT

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Planting season is just around the corner, so please join Dr. Chris Hurt, Purdue University, as he discusses how current weather patterns and expected planting acres for corn and soybeans will impact the prices of these commodities for the remainder of 2016 and into 2017. Dr. Tom Elam,, will present the expected supply and demand situation for poultry and red meats with price forecasts for the remainder of 2016 and into 2017.

This webinar will broadcast at 10:00 AM Central.


  • The most current information regarding U.S. planting intentions
  • Key observations regarding storage and transportation issues and grain supply estimates for 2016 and into 2017
  • Strategies for grain users
  • Wholesale meat and poultry supply and price outlooks for 2016-2017
  • When turkey slaughter volume will fully recover from avian flu losses


This webinar is the first webinar in the 2016 Poultry Grower Webinar Series and is presented by WATT Global Media


Speaker Info:

Dr. Tom Elam, FarmEcon

Dr. Elam has been working in the area of grain and livestock economics for more than 36 years. His professional career spans service to the University of Illinois, the Economic Research Service of USDA and Elanco Animal Health. In a 24-year career at Elanco, Elam was primarily engaged in global market research and strategic business planning. As a result of that experience, he has broad capabilities in the areas of agricultural price outlook, agricultural production, food marketing, and animal health economics. After retirement from Elanco in 2003, Elam has continued his career by founding his own company, FarmEcon L.L.C.


Dr. Chris Hurt, Professor of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University 

Dr. Chris Hurt is a Professor of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University since 1981. He speaks to groups throughout the country on grain and livestock marketing, price outlook, governmental agricultural programs, and biofuels policy. He is a regular contributor to the national print media that cover agricultural and food stories such as the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Kiplinger's, the New York Times, Associated Press, L.A. Times, Dow Jones News Service, Bloombergs, Reuters, USA Today and also to the broadcast media.

Dr. Guillermo Zavala is the founder of Avian Health International

Dr. Guillermo Zavala is the founder of Avian Health International.  Dr Zavala holds a DVM and a specialty in poultry production from the University of Mexico; a Master of Science, a Master of Avian Medicine, and a PhD in medical microbiology from the University of Georgia. He has worked in broiler and breeding companies, vaccine companies, one diagnostic laboratory, two academic institutions and as Adjunct Professor at the Department of Population Health, University of Georgia. His field of research is in applied virology (CIAV, IBDV, tumor viruses, ILT, enteric viruses and fowl adenovirus). He has 32 publications in peer-reviewed journals.