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K-State Today

February 20, 2017

Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity hosts symposium on global agricultural industry

By Craig Griswold

The Alpha Zeta chapter of the Alpha Gamma Rho, or AGR, fraternity will present its third edition of the Alpha Gamma Rho Agriculture Symposium at 3 p.m. Feb. 24 in Town Hall at the Leadership Studies Building.

This year's symposium topic, "Consolidation, Trade and the Changing Landscape of Global Agriculture," aims to bring in a variety of interested parties not only in the agriculture sector, but the greater university community.

This year's panel of speakers include:

  • Roger McEowen, Kansas Farm Bureau professor of agricultural law and taxation, Washburn University School of Law.
  • Shane Masters, investment origination and development, AGR Partners.
  • John Niemann, president, Cargill Protein Ingredients and International.
  • Bob Young, chief economist and deputy executive director, American Farm Bureau Federation.

This year's master of ceremonies will be Renée Laird, founder and president of Tallgrass International. The event is free and open to the public.

"The men of AGR are excited to bring another installment of this symposium to the K-State community," said Garrett Lister, Alpha Zeta chapter adviser. "Given the recent news of mergers, acquisitions and trade negotiations, the men of Alpha Gamma Rho feel this is a particularly relevant time to discuss these trends in our industry."

Alpha Gamma Rho is a social, professional fraternity sharing a common bond within a dynamic, global agriculture. With more than 75 chapters nationwide, AGR strives to make better men, and through them a broader and better agriculture.