When 600 agricultural lenders meet in Milwaukee this week, talk is likely to range over everything from increasing Farm Credit System competition to trans-genetic crops.

The American Bankers Association, host of the 45th annual National Agricultural Bankers Conference, said the three-day gathering would focus on change in the farming industry. Among hot topics: the gradual end of government subsidies, an increase in farm consolidation, and new high-tech trends in farming and financing.

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