Purdue Agriculture And Extension Events
JAN. 6-13: REGIONAL BEEF MEETINGS
The Indiana Beef Cattle Association and Purdue Extension will host meetings around the state in January to give cattle producers the latest industry information. The annual meetings will feature updates on the manure application rule, farm legislation and the use of farm plates when traveling out of state. The IBCA will discuss how dues and beef checkoff dollars are used to help producers remain profitable and sustainable. The Indiana Board of Animal Health also will provide an update for producers. Meeting dates, times and locations: Area 2: Jan. 11, 11 a.m., Southern Hills Church, Salem. Register by Jan. 4 to Danielle Walker at 812-883-4601 or email@example.com. Counties: Clark, Crawford, Floyd, Harrison, Lawrence, Orange, Scott and Washington; Area 3: Jan. 6, 6:30 p.m., Haubstadt Park Restaurant, Haubstadt. Register by Jan. 3 to the Purdue Extension Gibson County office at 812-385-3491. Counties: Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Knox, Martin, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh and Warrick; Area 5: Jan. 13, 6:30 p.m., Exhibit Hall, Clay County Fairgrounds, Brazil. Register by Jan. 9 to Jenna Smith at 812-448-9041 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Counties: Clay, Greene, Monroe, Owen, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Vermillon and Vigo; Area 7: Jan. 9, 6:30 p.m., Smith's Family Farm, Pendleton. Register by Jan. 4 to Jill Dorff at 765-641-9514 or email@example.com. Counties: Blackford, Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Henry, Jay, Madison, Randolph, Rush, Union and Wayne; Area 8: Jan. 7, 6 p.m., Cass County Fairgrounds. Register by Jan. 3 to the Purdue Extension Cass County office at 574-753-7750 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Counties: Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Fulton, Grant, Howard, Miami, Tipton and Wabash; Area 11: Jan. 7, 6:30 p.m., Eagles Nest, Columbia City. Register by Jan. 3 to Ed Farris at 260-358-4826 or email@example.com. Counties: Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wells and Whitley. IBCA elections will be held at meetings in areas 2, 6, 8 and 11. More information is available by contacting the IBCA at 317-293-2333 or http://www.indianabeef.org.
CONTACT: Ron Lemenager, 765-494-4817, firstname.lastname@example.org
JAN. 7: ILLIANA VEGETABLE GROWERS SYMPOSIUM
Commercial vegetable growers and market farmers can learn about resources and processes to improve their businesses at the Illiana Vegetable Growers Symposium. The program of Purdue Extension and University of Illinois Extension will be held Jan. 7 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. CST at Teibel's Restaurant, 1175 U.S. 41 in Schererville. Speakers will include Purdue Extension specialist Rick Foster, Purdue University professors Amanda Deering and Lori Hoagland, University of Illinois Extension specialist Rick Weinzierl and University of Illinois professor Mohammad Babadoost. Participants will learn about neonicotinoid insecticides, managing insects in cucurbits, emerging diseases of pumpkins and squash, fertilizer recordkeeping, and using sanitizers in post-harvest water. There also will be breakout sessions during which participants can choose a session on either soil health or opportunities with other crops. One of the crops to be covered is aronia berries, a small fruit similar to blueberries, that will be discussed by John Pilcher of Coldbook Farm Inc.
Participants can earn Indiana Private Pesticide Applicator recertification credits, Certified Crop Adviser continuing education units and the Indiana Commercial Pesticide Applicator continuing certification hours. Advance registration costs $20, and the deadline is Dec. 20. Participants can also register at the door for $25, but they will not be guaranteed lunch. For more information or to register, visit the events page at https://ag.purdue.edu/hla/fruitveg/Pages/default.aspx listed on the events calendar, or contact Maynard at 219-531-4200 Ext. 4206. Sponsors of the program are Kankakee Farm Bureau and Lake County Farm Bureau.
CONTACT: Liz Maynard, 219-531-4200, email@example.com
JAN. 16 – FEB. 19: FARMING TOGETHER SERIES
Farm families can learn about succession planning for the future of their business operations by attending the "Business Structure, Taxes and Valuation" workshop of Purdue Extension's Farming Together series. The workshop, to be held at four locations across the state, will focus on legal and tax issues with farm transfer, long-range business planning, operating and buy-sell agreements, and business valuation. Each workshop will feature a local attorney and accountant as well as presentations from members of the Purdue Succession Planning Team. A panel of family farmers will share their experiences from the succession planning process. "Families participating in the program will also have the opportunity to meet with members from the Succession Planning Team to discuss and ask questions specific to their operation," said Tamara Ogle, Cass County Extension educator and event coordinator. The two-day workshop will take place at these locations: Vincennes: Southwest Purdue Agricultural Center, Jan. 16-17; West Lafayette: Beck Center, Jan. 23-24; Huntington: Huntington University, Feb. 4-5; Jeffersonville: Women in Agriculture Pre-Conference, Feb. 18-19. Day 1 programming begins at 9 a.m. and will end at 4 p.m. Lunch is included. Day 2 is a complimentary one-hour farm family meeting with the Farm Succession Planning Team. Registration is due two weeks before the program. A program packet will be mailed to each family participating. Cost is $150 for the first four family members; each additional member costs $15. To register, download the registration form at the Purdue Center for Commercial Agriculture's website at http://www.agecon.purdue.edu/commercialag/resources/succession/index.html. For more information, contact Ogle at 574-753-7750. Program partners include the Purdue Women in Agriculture team and the Purdue Farm Succession Planning Team.
CONTACT: Tamara Ogle, 574-753-7750, firstname.lastname@example.org
JAN. 20-21: HEART OF AMERICA GRAZING CONFERENCE
Livestock producers, Extension educators and agribusiness professionals from around the Midwest interested in improving forages and pasture productivity should attend the Heart of America Grazing Conference on Jan. 20-21. The conference will be at the Clarion Hotel, 2480 Jonathan Moore Pike, Columbus, Ind. The conference, now in its 13th year, rotates among Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri and Ohio and features speakers from many states. The conference will kick off with an evening program and tradeshow on Jan. 20. Purdue Extension forage specialist Keith Johnson will discuss Indiana's forage industry and contributions that are based in Indiana. On Jan. 21, sessions will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and cover soil health, invasive species, woodlot grazing with goats and forage-finished versus grain-finished beef. Registration is $65 per person for both days and $55 for an additional person from the same farm. One-day registration is $40 and $35 for a second person. Meals are included. After Dec. 20, full registration is $75 and one-day registration is $50. Meals are not guaranteed for those who register after Jan. 13. Checks should be made payable to the Indiana Forage Council. Registration forms can be downloaded at https://ag.purdue.edu/agry/extension/Pages/grazing.aspx. Registration and payment should be sent to the Indiana Forage Council, c/o Keith Johnson, 915 W. State St., West Lafayette, IN 47907-2054. A block of rooms has been reserved at the hotel with a rate of $84. Contact the Clarion Inn at 812-372-1541 by Dec. 20 and mention the Heart of America Grazing Conference to receive the discounted rate. In addition to Purdue University Extension, conference sponsors are the Indiana Forage Council, Missouri Forage and Grassland Council, Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative, The Ohio State University Extension, University of Illinois Extension, University of Kentucky Extension, University of Missouri Extension, U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service and Indiana's Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program.
CONTACT: Jason Tower, 812-678-4427, email@example.com
FEB. 1: PURDUE AGRICULTURAL ALUMNI ASSOCATION FISH FRY
Don Thompson, president and CEO of McDonald's Corp., a Purdue University alumnus and Board of Trustees member, will be the featured speaker at the 2014 Purdue Agricultural Alumni Association Fish Fry on Feb. 1 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis. Thompson will speak about the path he took from being a Purdue engineering graduate to his current position in leading the world's largest food service company, which employs 1.8 million people worldwide. He also will share a view into "the McDonald's you may not know," focusing on how the company maintains the quality of the food it serves to 69 million customers in 119 countries daily. The Fish Fry will be at the Marsh Blue Ribbon Pavilion beginning at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $25 each, and tables of 10 cost $250. Bus transportation will be available from West Lafayette, and advance parking permits for the fairgrounds are also for sale. Tickets can be ordered by phone at 765-494-8593 or by downloading the order form at http://www.ag.purdue.edu/agalumni.
CONTACT: Jay Akridge, 765-494-8391, firstname.lastname@example.org
Compiled by Jennifer Piotrowski, 765-494-8402, email@example.com