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Upcoming agricultural programs

Posted by Russel Higgins -

There is no shortage of opportunities in future months to pick up some expertise that could help your farming operation in 2015. A number of University of Illinois agricultural programming events and dates have been announced including the 2014 Ag Masters Conference held at the I-Hotel on the University of Illinois campus on December 15 and 16th. One of the key strengths of this conference is the diversity of speakers from land grant universities. This year is no different with experts featured from many institutions including Iowa State University, Michigan State University, Ohio State University, Purdue University, University of Guelph, University of Illinois, University of Minnesota, University of Nebraska, and the University of Wisconsin. The 2015 Corn and Soybean Classic dates have also been shared. The one day program will include stops at Peoria, Moline, Malta, Springfield, Champaign and Mt. Vernon.

Registration for both programs can be accessed at

The 2014 Illinois Farm Economics Summits, aptly titled "The Profitability of Illinois Agriculture: Back to the Future" Will be held December 15th -19th in DeKalb, Peoria, Springfield, Mt Vernon and Champaign. The Farm Bill options will be discussed at these events. Registration for these summits takes place by visiting the Farmdoc web site.

A number of smaller Farm Bill introduction meeting have been scheduled across northern Illinois with County FSA offices. I'm looking forward to seeing area farmers at these meetings.

A Conservation Cropping seminar takes place in Sycamore on January 27th. The new Conservation Cropping Seminars are an outgrowth of popular Tillage Seminars attended by producers, Ag industry representatives, certified crop advisers, and others held over recent years. Seminars run from around 8:30 am and end at 3:30 pm, with time to meet after and visit speakers, sponsors, and attendees.

Promotional materials will be out soon, but save the date for the Northern Illinois Crop Management Conference which will take place at Malta on February 11th and 12th.





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