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2013 Indiana Forum to Explore the Big Picture of Agriculture


In its fourth year the Indiana Livestock, Forage and Grain Forum will offer the usual real world ideas to implement right away back on the farm. But the event Monday, February 11th will also challenge those in Hoosier agriculture to look at the impact of the world on their farming operation, according to Megan Kuhn with the Indiana corn and soybean organizations.

“Every year we really try to encourage folks to think outside the box especially when it comes to the general session. So looking at the three keynote speakers they’re all really different but they all have that kind of global view of their area of expertise. They’ll show how global food trends and global weather and global economy all tie back to what we’re doing on our farms here in Indiana.”

The day starts with Professor David Hughes, Emeritus Professor of Food Marketing at the Imperial College in London. He travels the world talking to businesses, trade associations, governments and conferences on global developments in the food and drink industry.

Next up is the Winners & Losers of World Weather Changes with Evelyn Browning-Garriss, “The Weather Whisperer” and Historical Climatologist. She is followed by keynote speaker Tyler Cowen presenting “An Economist’s View on Food and Agriculture in a Changing World.” Cowen is Holbert L. Harris Professor of Economics at George Mason University and General Director of the Mercatus Center and a New York Times bestselling author.

This year Kuhn says organizers have decided to include an afternoon closing session to gather everyone together and tie all of the day’s activities and presentations together.

“Where the morning is focused on big outside the box thinking we’ll use the afternoon general session to impart some really good take home, use right now on the farm information. With the growing year we had last year with all the struggles with heat and no rain and crazy markets, we really thought the risk management session fit well. So we’re really excited that Informa Economics is going to come in and give us that big overview, and then some great faculty folks from Purdue Center for Commercial Agriculture are going to come in and give some practical risk management tips.”

Tom Scott is the Informa speaker and the faculty from Purdue includes Michael Boehlje, Brent Gloy, and Elizabeth Yeager.

Onsite registration is not being accepted so producers are encouraged to pre-register online here by Wednesday, February 6th.[audio:https://www.hoosieragtoday.com//wp-content/uploads//2013/01/Forum-preview.mp3|titles=Forum preview]

The forum is sponsored by:

Indiana Soybean Alliance

Indiana Beef Cattle Association

Indiana Forage Council

Indiana Dairy Producers

Milk Promotion Services of Indiana, Inc.

Indiana Pork

Indiana Corn Marketing Council

Indiana Corn Growers Association

Indiana Horse Council

Indiana Farm Bureau

Indiana Board of Animal Health

Purdue Extension

Indiana State Department of Agriculture