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Register now for women in ag conference

A two-day conference focused on issues women face in agriculture will give participants an opportunity to tap into Purdue Extension expertise and a chance to network with their peers.

The 2013 Midwest Women in Agriculture conference will be Feb. 21-22 at the Clarion Hotel, 2480 Jonathan Moore Pike, Columbus, Ind. Session topics include the 2012 drought, staying on the farm, marketing opportunities, soil testing, diets, slow cooking, farm finances, crop yields and resolving conflict.

One session dealing with women’s roles on the farm is “When Strangling is Not an Option: Keys to More Effective Family Communication,” by Janet Ayres, Purdue Extension agricultural economics specialist. Other topics include land leases, succession planning, nuptial agreements, environmental rules and weather volatility.

Speaker and freelance columnist Lori Borgman will wrap up the conference on a light note with her topic, “My Memory is Shot – All I Retain Now is Water.”

Participants who postmark their registration fees before Thursday can get a discount, with the fee for either Thursday or Friday at $80, or $90 for both days. After Feb. 7, the price is $115 for either day or $140 for both days. Checks should be made payable to the Purdue Education Fund. A $10 handling fee will be assessed on all refunds, and there will be no refunds after Feb. 7.

A pre-conference session on commodity marketing will be offered Feb. 20. The registration fee is $30, but is reduced to $15 for participants also attending the conference.

To register, visit http://www.agriculture.purdue.edu/wia/ or contact Kelly Heckaman at 574-372-2340. Questions should be directed to Nikky Witkowski at 219-755-3240.

Livestock, forage and grain forum

Purdue University faculty and Extension staff will contribute to discussions of global food trends, risk management and drought recovery during the Indiana Livestock, Forage and Grain Forum, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, at the JW Marriott Hotel, 10 S. West St., Indianapolis.

There will be discussions on the effects of global events on the food and agriculture industries as well as on individual farms and businesses.

Advance registration is required. The $50 cost includes breakfast, lunch and access to trade show exhibits. Visit http://www.indianasoybean.com/forum for details, including a full agenda and online registration.

Family farm planning workshop

A Purdue University workshop can help farmers who are part of a family business explore crucial management and relationship issues that families need to address for future successes.

The Center for Commercial Agriculture will offer “Farming into the Next Generation” Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 12-13.

Brent Gloy, the center’s director, said the two-day workshop is intended for farmers who are working together with other family members and for those who want to add more family members to the business. Program instructors are Bernie Erven, professor emeritus of agricultural economics at Ohio State University, and Bob Milligan, senior consultant at Dairy Strategies LLC and professor emeritus at Cornell University.

The workshop will be divided into four sections: the family business, relationship challenges in family businesses, farm family case studies and summary messages.

Registration fee is $1,150. Register online at https://www.agecon.purdue.edu/commercialag/progevents/farmingnextgen.html.

For more information, contact Aissa Good, senior project manager at the center, at aissa@  purdue.edu or 765-496-3884.

Sheep and wool council vote

Registration is under way for Indiana’s commercial sheep producers who want to vote on whether to establish a council that would promote consumer awareness and sales of sheep products. A petition was delivered to the Office of the Dean of Agriculture at Purdue University in July asking for the establishment of a Sheep and Wool Market Development Council. At least 20 percent of the state’s commercial sheep producers must register in writing before March 1 to vote on council establishment. The proposed voting period is April 1-30, with the intent to announce results by May 15. With a favorable vote, the council would begin July 1. Sheep producers can request a voter registration form from Jerry Fankhauser, ARP assistant director, at 765-494-8368 or fankhaus@purdue.edu.

Farmers needed for soy booster trial

The American Soybean Association in partnership with FMC Agricultural Products and NACHURS, an Ohio-based liquid fertilizer manufacturer, is seeking 125 growers across the soybean growing region to participate in a soy booster field trial during the 2013 growing season.

Growers will be asked to apply one of FMC’s liquid-fertilizer-ready insecticides and one of NACHURS’ liquid starter fertilizers on a 20-acre plot and compare agronomic data with a 20-acre control plot that is not treated with the products.

Selected growers will have the products provided free of charge and must apply them in-furrow as they seed their beans.

Application will be at the rate of 3.2 ounces per acre for the insecticide and two gallons per acre for the fertilizer based upon 30-inch row spacing.

Growers will be asked to allow FMC and NACHURS representatives to visit the sites and collect growing data.  Information from the field study will be made available to all ASA members.

Deadline for enrollment is March 2, 2013.  For more information visit www.soygrowers.com/SoyBooster.

No-till management soil workshops

The Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative’s (CCSI) upcoming advanced-level workshops focus on the details of no-till management. Three workshops are scheduled around the state for Indiana Conservation Partnership staff and Purdue Extension educators.

The March 12 and March 14 workshops cover no-till management, including nutrient and pest management and how to advise farmers on details like planter clinics. CEU’s are available.

“Participants will gain the ability to work with farmers one-on-one to set up and manage a successful no-till system,” says Lisa Holscher, soil health program manager for the Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts and CCSI.

The March 21 Cover Crop Training will provide students with knowledge to advise farmers on selecting cover crops that work best with their current system. Participants also will learn to use tools like the Midwest Cover Crops Council Selector Tool and the NRCS Seeding Tool. Discussion of nutrient and pest management will be included. CEU’s are available.

All workshops take place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. Details can be viewed from the Conservation Calendar on the IASWCD website (click on March).

Locations are:

 March 12: Vincennes University Jasper Campus, Jasper

 March 14: Southeast Purdue Ag Center, Butlerville

 March 21: Diagnostic Training Center, Purdue Agronomy Center, West Lafayette

Registration information is available by contacting the Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, (317) 692-7325, info@iaswcd.org or www.iaswcd.org. The deadline for each workshop is two weeks prior.

Super Bowl ad video, website supports FFA

“So God made a farmer:” The National FFA Foundation and National FFA Organization cooperated with RAM Trucks on a two-minute Super Bowl commercial honoring the American Farmer that aired during the fourth quarter of Sunday’s telecast. The ad, which features a popular poem by the late broadcaster Paul Harvey, serves as a call to action for the public to celebrate 2013 as the Year of the Farmer. Individuals may do so by visiting a special Web page, viewing the positive messaging of the video and inviting others to do the same.

RAM will contribute up to $1,000,000 to the National FFA Foundation based on the views of the video and activity on the website. The bulk of the new funding will be dedicated to supporting the FFA hunger initiative “Feeding the World – Starting at Home.”

The ad web page is not a sales site. Individuals will only be asked to view the video and recommend it to others. There is a link on the website for those interested in learning more about RAM products as well as a link for individuals wishing to learn more about FFA and agricultural education.

View the commercial online at http://www.youtube.com/watch ?vAMpZ0TGjbWE or visit www.ramtrucks.com/en/keepplowing/

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