What can farmers and agribusiness people expect in the coming year for Indiana agriculture? Nobody is sure, but the Purdue Agricultural Economics Department's top experts will present their views and discuss the future in a series of outlook programs, including one at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 17, at Parke County Extension Office, at the Fairgrounds north of Rockville.
Parke County Extension Educator Mark Spelbring invites Putnam and Clay County farmers to attend the Rockville program since both counties are without an Ag Educator right now.
The featured speaker will be Corinne Alexander, who is also an Extension Specialist in the Department of Agricultural Economics. Alexander will discuss a variety of topics, including the outlook for corn and soybean prices, and marketing strategies for this crop year. She will give a forecast for the general economy and review government farm policy now and in the future. Land values, cash rents, and interest rates are other topics that will be discussed.
Coffee and donuts will be ready by 7:30 a.m. and the program begins at 8:00 a.m. There is no charge for this program, which will be held in the 4-H Community Building. It will conclude by 9:15 a.m. so farmers and others can still get to work before the dew is dry. There will be a question and answer time with Alexander, and after the formal part of the program is adjourned there can be individual discussions.
The objective of these programs, according to coordinator Chris Hurt, is to examine factors that will influence farm incomes in 2004 and help farmers, landowners, lenders, and agribusiness managers improve their strategic decision making in the coming year.
Handout materials will be available. Advance reservations would be appreciated to be sure there are enough donuts on hand. For reservations, call Parke County Extension Office at 765/569-3176, or send e-mail to email@example.com. Clay and Putnam County residents can also call their Extension Office for reservations.