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November 20, 2003

Grain seminar topics include handling, storage, non-GMOs

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The seventh annual Grain Production Seminar for producers in southwest Indiana will take place Dec. 4 near Evansville Ind.

Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service and the Gibson County Plot Committee will sponsor the Grain Production Seminar, formerly called the Value-Added Grain Seminar, at the Vanderburgh County 4-H Center Activities Building, located at Hwy. 41 and Boonville-New Harmony Road., north of Evansville.

Registration is from 8:30-9 a.m. CST, and the event concludes at 2 p.m. Participants can visit exhibitor booths throughout the day.

Three sessions will be offered in the morning following registration, from which participants can choose two. The sessions include: drying and handling grains to minimize damage and maximize premiums by Dirk Maier, Purdue Extension specialist in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering; fumonisin, aflotoxins and other grain storage problems by Charles Woloshuk, Purdue Extension specialist in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology; and protecting non-genetically modified crops from contamination by Bob Nielsen, Purdue Extension specialist in the Department of Agronomy.

Corinne Alexander, Purdue Extension specialist in the Department of Agricultural Economics, will speak about adding value to grain. She also will provide risk management considerations for specialty crops.

Jerry Nelson, Purdue Extension educator, will give tips on starting or investing in a specialty grain market or enterprise. He will cover the process of looking at a new business venture and the resources to help in the process.

To end the day, there will be a panel discussion on the opportunities available in southwest Indiana for non-GMO or specialty crops and the driving force for the non-GMO market. Local producers, grain buyers and business representatives will participate in the discussion, and farm broadcaster Jeff Nalley will moderate.

The seminar is free and preregistration is not required. Lunch will be catered and sponsored by the exhibitors. Continuing education credits also are available. For more information, call Purdue Extension at 1-888-EXT-INFO, or contact Gary Michel at (812) 897-6101, A seminar flier is available online.

Writer: Michelle Betz, (765) 494-8402,

Source: Gary Michel, (812) 897-6101,

Ag Communications: (765) 494-2722; Beth Forbes,
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