Top Farmer Crop Workshop set for July 9-11 at Purdue

March 14, 2012

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Farmers looking to improve their operations will learn how to better evaluate their economic, agronomic and technological opportunities and challenges at the annual Top Farmer Crop Workshop in July at Purdue University.

The July 9-11 workshop, in its 45th year, for the first time will be held in partnership with the University of Illinois.

Presenters from diverse viewpoints of academics, agribusiness and farmers will help participants explore strategies for growing their business, develop new ways to manage production costs and risk, and learn about new crop production technology. They also will have the opportunity to meet other farmers and share ideas.

"Discussion among attendees and presenters occurs after, and often during, each presentation. It's the interaction that our attendees say they benefit from the most," said Brent Gloy, director of the Center for Commercial Agriculture, based at Purdue, and one of the presenters. "People really value the networking that occurs in the hallways between and after sessions."

Gloy and Purdue agricultural economics colleague Michael Boehlje will lead a session titled "Positioning Your Farm for Growth," focusing on ways to evaluate growth options and alternative business models to optimize success.

Another session, "Using Spreadsheet Tools to Make Better Decisions," will be led by agricultural economics experts from the University of Illinois farmdoc team.

"The spreadsheet is a powerful management tool, if you know how to use it," said Scott Irwin, University of Illinois agricultural economist and leader of the farmdoc project. "Most of us only use a fraction of the potential that the technology has to offer. The session on spreadsheet tools will provide instruction on how to use the free, spreadsheet-based decision tools for you that are posted on the farmdoc website."

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