Two expert agricultural economists will discuss the situation for ethanol and chicken and competing meats at the National Chicken Council’s 58th Annual Conference scheduled October 10-11 at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Washington D.C.

In the wake of the worst U.S. drought in half a century, corn yield projections are dropping almost weekly and corn prices have jumped 60 percent since June 15.  Dr. Wallace E. Tyner, Purdue University will address the impact on demand for corn and corn prices if the Environmental Protection Agency granted a partial waiver of the Renewable Fuel Standard that effectively mandates that corn ethanol be blended with gasoline.  Tyner, who along with two other Purdue economists have authored a report entitled “Potential Impacts of a Partial Waiver of the Ethanol Blending Rules,” will discuss in depth the findings of that report at NCC’s upcoming conference.

Dr. Ronald L. Plain from the University of Missouri, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, will present the situation and outlook for chicken and competing meats and discuss the forecast for total meat and poultry consumption that is expected to drop below 200 pounds per person from a record high of 222 pounds in 2004.

Join other senior executives from U.S. chicken processing companies and allied industries to hear this important discussion by planning to attend NCC’s Annual Conference.  Online conference registration is now open.  To register, visit the conference website at  Click on “Register Now,” located on the right-hand side of the home page.  You will be asked to log in with your user name and passcode.  Your user name is your business email address on file with NCC.  If you do not remember your passcode, you can recover it via the log-in page.  If you need assistance, contact Maggie Ernst, NCC’s senior director of meetings & member services, via email at [email protected].

Please note that conference participants are required to make their own hotel reservations at the Mandarin Oriental hotel no later than September 18.  After that date, hotel accommodations cannot be guaranteed and discounted group rates will not be available.  Hotel room rates for the National Chicken Council are $315 per night, plus tax.  Online hotel reservations can be made now by clicking here and choosing “attendee” as the guest type.  You may also call the hotel at 1-888-888-1778 to make reservations by mentioning NCC.  The Mandarin Oriental hotel is in close proximity to the National Mall and some of Washington’s most iconic monuments and museums.

A preliminary schedule of events is as follows:

Wednesday, October 10

1:30-5:00 p.m.    Board of Directors Meeting (open to NCC board members, allied leader representatives, and invited guests only)

6:00-7:30 p.m.    Cocktail Reception

Thursday, October 11

7:00-8:00 a.m.    Conference Continental Breakfast

8:00-11:45 a.m.   Morning General Session

11:45-1:30 p.m.    Conference Luncheon

1:30-4:00 p.m.     Afternoon General Session

5:00-6:30 p.m.    Cocktail Reception