Registration open for virtual 2021 Wisconsin Agricultural Outlook Forum

The impact of COVID-19 and opportunities for Wisconsin agribusinesses are topics for the upcoming Wisconsin Agricultural Outlook Forum, which will be held virtually on Tuesday, January 26. The forum features both academic and industry leaders and is sponsored by the UW–Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS), Division of Extension, Office of University Relations, and several organizations and associations.

The 2021 forum, organized by UW–Madison’s Renk Agribusiness Institute, will be live-streamed on the Institute’s YouTube page and will run from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

As usual, the program will cover the situation and outlook for farm income as well as Wisconsin’s primary agricultural industries (dairy, corn and soybeans, livestock and meat, specialty crops). A topic of special focus this year will be the impacts on—and opportunities for—the food processing and manufacturing sector caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Panelists from different levels of the supply chain for each of the state’s primary agricultural industries will engage in forward-looking discussions on this topic area. Updates on the Dairy Innovation Hub (DIH) and the new Meat Science and Animal Biologics Discovery building will also be provided.

One week prior to the forum, videos of each speaker’s presentation will be made available on the Renk Agribusiness Institute website for viewing. Then on the morning of the forum, speakers will give a brief summary of their presentation followed by a longer discussion with other industry panelists. During this time, attendees will be able to submit questions for panelists to answer.

Forum registration is free and is open now through January 25. To register and view the preliminary agenda, visit:

For questions, contact Jeremy Beach at or (608) 262-9485.