Agriculture News

December 3, 2019

Purdue Top Farmer Conference to focus on risk management

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.– The Purdue Top Farmer Conference will feature a pre-conference workshop focused entirely on risk management strategies on Jan. 9. The pre-conference is offered by Purdue’s Center for Commercial Agriculture and will take place at the Beck Agricultural Center located at 4540 U.S. 52 W, West Lafayette. 

The pre-conference session, “Ag Survivor – Strategies for Managing Risks in Your Operation,” will provide an overview of potential risks farmers may face in 2020 and offer management strategies that will play a critical role in successful farm practices for the coming year. Experts John Hewlett, ranch/farm management specialist from the University of Wyoming, and Jay Parsons, associate professor of agricultural economics from the University of Nebraska, will lead workshop participants in developing strategies that will enable their farms to thrive in today’s challenging environment.

“Farmers faced difficult decisions this year that had the potential to drastically impact their operations,” said James Mintert, Purdue agricultural economics professor and director of the Center for Commercial Agriculture. “The ag survivor workshop gives farmers an opportunity to analyze potential risks facing their farm and develop strategies to combat those risks in a hands-on learning environment. The pre-conference will equip participants with the tools and confidence they need for future success.”

Used by thousands of farmers across the nation, the workshop will precede the main portion of the Purdue Top Farmer Conference on Jan. 10, featuring some of the nation’s top experts on marketing, risk management and crop production.

Registration for the full-day conference (Jan. 10, only) is $150 or $50 for the half-day pre-vonference (Jan. 9, only). For those interested in attending 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: Torrie Ward, 765-496-6032, 

Source: James 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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