March 14, 2012
Tackle Economic, Agronomic and Technological Issues at Top Farmer Crop Workshop
We are pleased to announce that the farmdoc team will be partnering with the Purdue University Center for Commercial Agriculture on the 45th annual Top Farmer Crop Workshop, which is set for July 9-11, 2012 in West Lafayette, Indiana. As two of the leading agricultural economics programs in the country, we are looking forward to providing workshop participants with solid, science-based information on some of the most pressing issues facing farming operations today.
This year's program will include presentations and breakout sessions on how to handle economic, agronomic and technological opportunities and challenges. The program will begin with a session about positioning the farm operation for growth in a time of turbulence. This session will address the questions you need to ask to strategically position your farming operation for success in a world of extreme price volatility and uncertainty? From there, session instructors will provide information on issues such as leadership and human resource management, developing successful on-farm research programs, managing technology and data, cash rents, farmland values, economic outlook and more.
A new feature at the workshop this year is a series of smaller, break-out sessions that are designed for participants to have greater interaction with instructors and their peers. The break-outs will cover human resource management, designing an effective and informative on-farm research program and using spreadsheets to make better decisions in the farm business. The session on spreadsheet tools will provide instruction on how to use the free, spreadsheet-based decision tools that are posted on the farmdoc website.
In addition to the sessions and top-notch speakers, the program will provide ample opportunity to network with other participants and speakers. Discussion among attendees and presenters occurs after, and often during, each presentation. This networking and interaction is what attendees often say they benefit from the most.
Come join us for an interactive and educational workshop! For a complete list of speakers and to register, visit the Top Farmer Workshop.
Issued by Brent Gloy
Department of Agricultural Economics
Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics
University of Illinois
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