Hoosier Ag Today and Farm World Newspaper’s new and improved Indiana Farm Equipment and Technology Expo in two weeks will offer many technology, seed, and equipment exhibits, but the one per day seminar series of past years has greatly expanded this year, starting with Expo opening remarks Tuesday December 11th at 9 AM by Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch and Indiana State Department of Ag director Bruce Kettler.
“This year we have seminars going on almost continually starting at nine o’clock going all the way till about three o’clock,” says Gary Truitt with HAT. “Our keynote speaker really is the first speaker out of the box on Tuesday at ten o’clock and that is former Secretary of Agriculture Jack Block. He was really instrumental in putting American farm policy together back in the mid-eighties in the Reagan Administration and he will be there to talk about how farm policy has changed and what the prospects are for change going forward.”
Block will have timely insights into the farm bill status and ongoing trade negotiations.
Each spring when the crops need to get planted attention turns to the weather and the markets. We have those subjects covered Wednesday, starting with Purdue’s Dr. Chris Hurt market outlook.
“He will be back on the second day of the show at 11:30 with his annual market outlook and that is always a big draw. Hoosier Ag Today meteorologist Ryan Martin has had big crowds the last couple of years. He will have a weather forecast for us outlining what your planting forecast is going to look like come spring for 2019.”
New this year is the Rural King Coffee Shop offering a chance to chat one on one with the seminar speakers and other experts including Bob Nielsen, Purdue Extension corn specialist, on Wednesday. Pesticide training and soil health demonstrations are part of the lineup as well. There is also free coffee and donuts each morning.
The Expo is December 11-13 in the West Pavilion of the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Admission is free but registration is required, and that step automatically registers you for the $1,000 drone giveaway. There’s a free drone awarded each day of the show. More is at indianafarmexpo.com.