Crop, Stock and Ledger

Crop, Stock and Ledger

2018 Illinois Farm Economics Summit

The 2018 Illinois Farm Economics Summit will be offered at five locations across the state during the week of December 17, 2018. In our part of the state, they will be offering the program at the I-Hotel on Friday, December 21st.

Members of the farmdoc team at the University of Illinois, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, and the University of Illinois Extension will discuss the current and future outlook for crop and livestock prices, farm profitability outlook and management challenges, the next farm bill, long-term trends in grain prices, and prospects for farmland values. The program will begin at 7:45 to 8:15 AM with registration and coffee, followed by an overview of the program and will finish with lunch that is included as part of the registration fee. The first presentation of the day will be "Agricultural Commodity Price Outlook for 2019"

Other topics on the agenda include:

2019 Crop Return Outlook: Trade Disputes Leading to Lower Returns

Management and Conservation in the Face of Lower Returns

A Farm Bill Review and an Attempt to Look Ahead

A New, New Era in Grain Prices?

Farmland Values: Headwinds, Tailwinds, and Long- Term Prospects

The cost of registration is $85.00 that includes lunch and handout materials. However, you can save $5.00 by registering online at http://farmdoc.illinois.edu/ifes/2018/ . Registration will be accepted at the door on December 21, but only if space remains available and the cost increases to $90.00 per person.

If you cannot attend the summit on December 21, but you have questions or concerns about the volatile economic environment we are dealing with today, you may want to consider attending one of the other four farm economic summit locations in Illinois. On December 17th you can attend in Mt. Vernon, on December 18th the summit is presented in Springfield, then on December 19th it will move on to Peoria, and finally on December 20 it will be presented in Dekalb.

The format of the summit is promised to be fast-paced with time scheduled for questions at the conclusion of the presentations. If you have questions about the 2018 Illinois Farm Economics Summit, contact Nancy Simpson at 217-244-9687 or email nsimp1@illinois.edu .

If you have other questions about agriculture and natural resource topics, feel free to contact the University of Illinois Extension office in Champaign at 217-333-7672.

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