Agriculture News

December 20, 2018

Purdue conference focuses on improving farm profitability

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.– The Purdue Top Farmer conference, a management program for farmers that features faculty and staff experts from Purdue's Center for Commercial Agriculture, will take place on Jan. 11 at the Beck Agricultural Center, located at 4540 U.S. 52 West, West Lafayette. Pre-conference sessions will take place on Jan. 10.

“The program brings in farm management, farm policy, agricultural finance and marketing experts along with the nation’s best crop production specialists,” said James Mintert, director of Purdue University’s Center for Commercial Agriculture. “It’s an opportunity for farmers to stimulate their thinking about agriculture’s future and how they can position their farm to be successful in the years ahead.”

Two pre-conference sessions are focused on improving “Crop Marketing Skills” and   “Preparing to Meet with Your Ag Lender.” The main conference includes sessions on ag outlook, the tariff battle with China, and using technology to improve profitability. The conference concludes with Eric Snodgrass, crop climatologist from the University of Illinois, discussing weather and climate impacts on crop production and what to look for in 2019.

Registration for the Conference (Jan. 11, only) is $150 or $50 for the pre-conference (Jan.10). For those wanting to attend both days, the center is offering a bundled discount of $175.

The conference is sponsored by Purdue University’s Center for Commercial Agriculture and Farm Credit Mid-America. For more information about the conference, contact Sarah Zahn at, 765-494-7004, or visit 

About the Purdue University Center for Commercial Agriculture

The Center for Commercial Agriculture was founded in 2011 to provide professional development and educational programs for farmers. Housed within Purdue University's Department of Agricultural Economics, the center’s faculty and staff develop and execute research and educational programs that address the different needs of managing in today’s business environment. 

Writer: Kami Goodwin, 765-494-6999, 

Source: Jim Mintert, 765-494-4310, 

For more information contact:

Sarah Zahn, Purdue University, 765-494-7004,

Agricultural Communications: (765) 494-8415;

Maureen Manier, Department Head,  

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