About the Forecast
The University of Georgia, the state’s land-grant and flagship institution, is committed to sharing the latest economic projections for U.S. and state agriculture to guide farmers and agribusinesses. CAES economists provide an outlook of agricultural markets for the coming year and keynote speakers focus on important and trending topics.

2023 Agenda

7:30 a.m.

Registration and light breakfast

8:30 a.m.

Welcome – Mike Toews, Assistant Dean, Tifton campus

  UGA CAES Remarks – Nick Place, CAES Dean and Director
  Farmer of the Year announcement

Keynote – William Chambers, Deputy Chairperson, World Agricultural Outlook Board

9:30 a.m.

Breakout Session 1


  Livestock/Poultry – Matt Greer (Truist Bank), Dennis Brothers (Auburn Cooperative Extension Service)


  Horticulture – Ben Campbell, Greg Fonsah

10:20 a.m.

Break & Session Transition

10:30 a.m.

Breakout Session 2


   Row Crops – Yangxuan Liu, Amanda Smith


   Timber – Yanshu Li (Associate Professor, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources)

2023 Keynote Speaker


William Chambers, Deputy Chairperson

World Agricultural Outlook Board

William Chambers was appointed Deputy Chairperson for USDA’s World Agricultural Outlook Board (WOAB) in 2021. He formerly served as the WAOB Chair for food grains. Chambers oversaw the preparation and release of USDA’s official supply and demand estimates pertaining to wheat and rice, which were released in the World Agricultural Supply and Demand (WASDE) report and other USDA publications. He also served ten years as a commodity and policy analyst with USDA's Farm Service Agency where he analyzed commodity markets, farm policies, new program proposals, and budget outlays. Chambers was an agricultural economist at ERS and researched a wide variety of issues affecting agricultural commodity markets. A native of Minnesota, he received his master's and doctorate degrees in agricultural economics from the University of Minnesota in 1995 and 1999.

Georgia Department of Agriculture plus Georgia Grown logos
Farm Credit Associations of Georgia logo
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