Weather, economic forecasts headline PNW Farm Forum

Matthew Weaver/Capital Press Weatherman Art Douglas shares his forecast for the year with the audience during the first day of the Spokane Ag Expo on Feb. 2.

The weather and the outlook for the agricultural economy will be featured as the Pacific Northwest Farm Forum kicks off during its 2011 main session.

The Washington Grain Alliance will sponsor the opening session at the DoubleTree Hotel Spokane City Center Ballroom at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1.

Art Douglas, professor emeritus in the Atmospheric Science Department at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., is a long-time favorite "weatherman" of Inland Northwest farmers and ranchers. Among the many roles he plays are as a long-range weather consultant to the Mexican government and to Cattle-Fax and ConAgra.

Douglas' presentation will be on the long-range forecast for the Pacific Northwest for the 2011 growing season. His appearances are a popular annual feature at the Farm Forum.

John Mitchell, principal of M&H Economic Consultants and the former chief economist and western region economist for U.S. Bancorp, will provide an agricultural economic forecast. He was a professor of economics at Boise State University for 13 years before joining U.S. Bancorp in 1983. He is also a past chairman of the Oregon Council of Economic Advisers.

Mitchell's presentation will highlight regional agricultural trends through 2011 and provide insight on the national and regional economies.

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