Press Release


March 30, 2015

Michael Swanson, Ph.D. (Albuquerque, NM) Michael Swanson, Ph.D. is a Senior Vice President and agricultural economist and consultant with Wells Fargo, the largest commercial agricultural lender in the United States. On Thursday, April 30 Mr. Swanson will discuss Chile, Pecans, and Natural Resources - More Closely Linked Than You Might Have Thought as part of the Boerigter Business Breakfast Program at the UNM Anderson School of Management.

The presentation will examine the issue of "Global Environment - Local Execution". Mr. Swanson says several policies that helped farm income grow at above average rates have started to fade. As they move into a new phase he says agricultural producers and processors will need to revisit the strategies that will allow them to differentiate themselves in a flat commodity price market.

Dr. Craig White, Interim Dean at the Anderson School, says the agriculture sector plays an important part in New Mexico’s economy.

"The overall success of the State is intertwined with the health of its underlying industries," said White. "From cattle ranching to potash mining, agriculture-related activities are a major component of New Mexico business. We are looking forward to hearing Mr. Swanson’s assessment of the status of the U.S. agriculture sector and that of New Mexico."

The Boerigter Business Program is held at the Embassy Suites located at 1000 Woodward Pl. NE. It begins at 7:30 a.m. and a light breakfast will be served. The public is invited to attend free of charge but RSVPs are required. Register online or contact Felicia Rodriquez at (505) 277-1504.

Based in Minneapolis, Mr. Swanson's responsibilities include analyzing the impact of energy on agriculture, forecasting for key agricultural commodities, such as wheat, soybeans, corn, and cotton, and livestock sectors, such as cattle, dairy, and hogs. Additionally, he helps develop credit and risk strategies for Wells Fargo's customers, and performs macroeconomic and international analysis on agricultural production and agribusiness.

UNM Anderson hosts the Boerigter Business Breakfast Program to present relevant topics of interest to Anderson's community of friends. The UNM Anderson Boerigter Business Breakfast Program is sponsored by the Anderson School and made possible by the generosity of George and Sibilla Boerigter and SoundOff Signal.


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