This conference is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. USDA funding is provided for the scientific/education portion of the program.



2016 Extension Risk Management Education National Conference
- Fort Worth, TX

April 27-28, 2016

Fort Worth, TX

The 2016 Extension Risk Management Education National Conference will take place at the Sheraton Fort Worth Downtown Hotel.

Radisson Blu, Mall of America

This annual conference features 3 keynote presentations, over 30 concurrent session presentations, a networking reception which includes a poster session, and an optional pre-conference seminar to be held on the afternoon of April 26.

The Extension Risk Management Education National Conference brings together public and private sector educators, crop insurance agents, lenders, and other agricultural professionals. Our annual conference allows this diverse group to share ongoing and emerging successful risk management education efforts which target agricultural producers and their families.

 Conference participants learn about what is working to help producers effectively manage the following types of risks associated with their agribusinesses:

  • Production
  • Marketing
  • Financial
  • Legal
  • Human Risk

2016 Keynote Speakers


Cortney Cowley

Cortney Cowley is an agricultural economist in the Regional Affairs Department at the Omaha Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. In this role, she supports the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and the Federal Reserve System efforts surrounding agricultural economics research, analysis and outreach.

Cortney conducts research on issues related to the farm economy, agricultural finance and natural resources. She is a contributor to the Bank's Economic Review research journal and, as an agricultural economist, her responsibilities also include writing for the Tenth District Survey of Agricultural Credit Conditions and compiling the Federal Reserve System's Agricultural Finance Databook. Cortney provides regular updates on the agricultural economy for the public, and for the Kansas City Fed’s president – a voting member of the Federal Reserve’s Federal Open Market Committee.

Cortney joined the Bank in 2015 after completing her Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics at Oklahoma State University. She also holds a B.S. degree in Biosystems Engineering from Oklahoma State and a M.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University.

Amanda Freund

Amanda is third generation on her family’s 300-cow dairy farm in Connecticut. She received a BS in Applied Economics and Management with a minor in International Agriculture at Cornell University in 2006. Since graduating she has worked as an aide to Congresswoman DeLauro and as a Grassroots Coordinator for CT Farm Bureau’s ‘Save Dairy’ Campaign. She served in the Peace Corps from 2010-2012 as an Agroforestry Volunteer in Zambia and upon returning, joined UConn Extension to build and promote their buy local campaign. She returned full time to her family's farm which has diversified to include 3 unique businesses; a dairy farm, CowPots, LLC and Freund's Farm Market & Bakery. Amanda assists in each of these businesses throughout the year. She farms with her brother, sister, father, 2 uncles,mother and cousin - a real family affair! In addition to her roles on the farm, she serves as Chair of the CT Farm Bureau Young Farmers Committee, is a Steering Committee Member of Working Lands Alliance and an active member of the Agri-Mark Young Cooperators.

Glynn Tonsor

Glynn Tonsor is an Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Kansas State University (KSU). Glynn grew up on a farrow-to-finish swine farm in Monroe City, Missouri. Tonsor obtained a B.S. from Missouri State University and Ph.D. from KSU. He was a faculty member at Michigan State University from May 2006 to March 2010 when he joined the KSU faculty.

Tonsor has broad interests and experiences which span issues throughout the meat supply chain. Through active research, engaged outreach with industry, and first-hand knowledge with livestock production, Glynn has economic expertise in an array of topics of importance to Kansas, U.S. and global stakeholders. These topics include animal identification and traceability, animal well-being and welfare, commodity market analysis, consumer demand, food safety, meat labeling policies, producer perceptions and preferences, risk management, and technology acceptance. Glynn's integrated research and extension program has resulted in multiple journal article publications and numerous outreach contributions.

Glynn and his wife, Shauna, live in Saint George, Kansas with their children Ethan, Levi, and Aubree.