Tool Box Seminars Focus on Practical Skills and Cutting-Edge Technology.
With farmers facing another year of tight profit margin and falling farm income, finding new ways to lower production costs and increase yields are a necessity. The expanded, free seminar series at the redesigned Indiana Farm Equipment and Technology Expo will focus on providing those who attend with new ideas and new tools to help them meet the challenges of the 2019 crop.
Presenters will include Dr. Chris Hurt, Ag Economist Purdue; Ryan Martin, Weather forecaster, Hoosier Ag Today; Bob Utterback, nationally known market analyst; Brian Bush, Agronomist Pioneer Hybrid; Randy Kron and Justin Schneider, Indian Farm Bureau; and others yet to be announced. Farm Credit Mid-America is sponsoring the seminar stage and will present several programs covering financial management and tips on operating credit for the 2019 season. Other seminar topics will include: making an operating budget for 2019, beating weed resistance, Dicamba rule update, Farm succession, and estate planning, boosting corn and soybean yields, making variable-rate seeding work, solving field tile problems, and many more
On Thursday, December 13, Certified Applicator Training will be held at the Expo. Those needing accreditation can qualify with this program presented by Purdue Extension.
A new feature at the Expo is a demonstration area where some of the latest technology in production will be demonstrated. Drones, robots, and cover crops will be featured in hands-on demonstrations by top industry experts. Exhibitors at the show will also be demonstrating new equipment in this area. Demonstrations will occur throughout the day, with informational videos being played in this area between demonstrations.
Another new feature of the expo is the coffee shop. This is a casual and informal area where attendees can sit down one-on-one with seminar and demonstration presenters to discuss specific applications for their farming operation. Small, informal group discussions will be held in this area so that farmers can learn from each other as well as the experts.
More speakers and demonstrations will be announced in the coming weeks. For the latest line up of speakers and seminars at the Indiana Farm Equipment and Technology Expo, visit the Expo website at www.indianafarmexpo.com.
What is the Indiana Farm Equipment and Technology Expo?
The 40th annual Indiana Farm Equipment and Technology Expo will be held December 11-13, 2018 in the West Pavilion at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. A lot has changed in agriculture in the past 39 years, and the 2018 Indiana Farm Equipment and Technology Expo will reflect that. Featured are a new focus, a new name for the December farm show formerly known as the Indiana-Illinois Farm Equipment and Outdoor Power Show, and new ownership (Hoosier Ag Today and MidCountry Media). The redesigned event will showcase cutting-edge products and services and will draw top producers from across the Midwest. Updated information about the Expo can be found at www.indianafarmexpo.com.
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