Farmer Development Opportunity

July 8, 2009 07:00 PM

Sara Schafer, Top Producer Business & Crops Online Editor

Farmers have the chance to sharpen their business skills, learn about new technologies and network with other farmers, ag leaders and experts at Purdue University's annual Top Farmer Crop Workshop.
The event will be held July 19-22 on Purdue University's campus in West Lafayette, Ind.
The Top Farmer Crop Workshop offers 45 sessions, here are highlights of a few:
  • Ten Best Business Management Practices by Danny Klinefelter, professor and director of The Executive Program for Agriculture Producers at Texas A&M University. Klinefelter will discuss things that any producer can do, but 95 percent don't do, to get an edge on the industry.
  • Post-Crisis Credit Update by Cary Mawbey, a senior commercial lender with First Farmers Bank & Trust in Kokomo, Ind. From a large producer-oriented bank, Mawbey will highlight lending issues that may affect producers in this post-crisis business world.  
  • Advancements In Aerial Imagery by Jeff Imel with Air Robotics LLC. Imel will display his technology, which could help drive the adoption of aerial imagery by farmers. It includes on-board GPS guidance, longer flight times and higher resolution imagery that can be delivered in real-time to drive crop management decisions.  
  • Cellulosic Harvest Options Down on the Farm by Dan Davidson, a Nebraska farmer and DTN staff agronomist. Davidson will share the challenges he's run into and what he's learned about harvesting corn cobs.
  • Managing Soft Assets During Hard Times by Bernie Erven, retired agriculture economist from Ohio State University. Erven will emphasize the importance of building up soft assets (such as human capital, connections and reputation), even though land, machinery and building value has weakened during the last year.
Individuals can register online or by calling Tom Robertson at 765-494-7220. Registration cost is $300 for the first representative from a farm and $100 for each additional attendee from the same farm.
This year marks Purdue University's 42nd Top Farmer Crop Workshop.
Purdue Extension and the Department of Agricultural Economics host the Top Farmer Crop Workshop. Sponsors include Farm Works, Farm Credit Services of Mid-America and Top Producer magazine.
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