Top crop farmer workshop is July 8-10

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The 46th Top Farmer Crop Workshop is set for July 8-10 at Purdue University in West Lafayette.

Surrounded by farm management experts and a group of your peers, you will evaluate your farm operation from a business standpoint, focusing specifically on economic, agronomic and technological opportunities and challenges.

During the program, you will be able to strategize business growth, explore ways to manage inputs and risk and learn about new crop production technology. In addition to the annual outlook and update reports, you will cover topics not discussed last year, including precision agriculture, cover crops, environmental issues, and ethanol and biodiesel policies.

The final presentation will focus on international agriculture in Brazil. The combination of production and economic topics makes the workshop unique, according to Michael Langemeier, Purdue Extension agricultural economist and associate director for the Center for Commercial Agriculture.

“A lot of workshops that farmers go to either have production focus or, less likely, an economic focus, but not both,” he said. “We’re trying to incorporate both of those topics in this workshop and thus make it a better workshop.”

More information, including the registration form, hotel accommodations and a schedule of events, can be found at http://www.agecon.purdue.edu/commercialag/progevents/topfarmer.html. The workshop is a joint effort between Purdue University and the University of Illinois farmdoc team with researchers and Extension specialists from both universities.

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