Economic conference to explore business opportunities for farmers

Sourced from Dubois County Free Press

Farmers, agribusiness operators, policymakers and financial professionals can learn about opportunities to supplement farm income, manage farm finances and expand into growing markets at a conference presented by Purdue Extension and Dubois Strong.

The Southwest Indiana Agriculture Economic Summit will be held Nov. 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT at the Huntingburg Event Center, 200 E. 14th St., Huntingburg. The event is free and open to the public, although registration is required.

Session topics will highlight opportunities in growing markets such as local foods, renewable energy, and livestock and poultry farming, as well as federal programs available for small and beginning farmers.

Purdue agricultural economist Chris Hurt will present a long-range outlook on the futures of the agricultural and livestock sectors during the lunch session. Other speakers will come from Purdue Extension, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency, Indiana Farm Bureau and Farbest Foods, Inc. .

The conference also includes the “Managing for 2017 and Beyond” Crop Finance Workshop, which will take place immediately after lunch and include sessions on making long-term cash rent and crop input decisions while maintaining current yields.

In addition to helping farmers incorporate new ventures into their operations, the sessions will alert financial advisers and policymakers to ways they can support farmers and agribusinesses in their community and state.

The summit is sponsored by German American Banking | Insurance | Investments, Superior Ag Co-op, and Dubois REC.

For more information or to register for the summit, contact Eck at 812-482-1782 orkjeck@purdue.edu. Registration is open until Nov. 4.