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Indiana Livestock, Forage and Grain Forum Should Be Big!

Multiple groups combine to make one exciting meeting.

Tom Bechman 1, Editor, Indiana Prairie Farm

December 29, 2009

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One of the premier events in Indiana in 2010 will likely happen in January. It's the 2010 Indiana Livestock, Forage and Grain Forum. Organizers aren't bashful in billing it as the #1 Indiana agriculture educational experience in 2010. Mark down January 15, and plan to be at the Convention Center in Indianapolis for this all-crop, all-livestock event.


In the past, you may have attended one or both of the Indiana Livestock Forum and the Indiana Beef, Dairy and Forage Symposium. The two have joined forces to make one powerhouse meeting instead of two. Plus, soybean, horse, corn, forage, beef, pork, dairy, aquaculture and even other farm organizations have combined forces to support this program. There will something for everyone, and the meeting will turn out to be a comprehensive smorgasbord of in-depth looks at various hot topics in agriculture, organizers say.


Organizers promise a view of the future like you've never seen before, framed by outstanding guest speakers. This event will also feature what's expected to be a very large trade show. The word industry here for industry trade show refers to basically all aspects of livestock, corn, soybeans, livestock and much more.


Breakout sessions will allow state commodity groups participating in the day to hold annual meetings important to maintaining their progress and fulfilling constitutional bylaws. For others, choose from breakout speakers discussing a wide range of topics, from information on corn, soybeans, dairy, beef, pork, forages, horses and aquaculture. The topics were selected to provide a wide range of selection for a diverse audience with a wide range in interests.


Lunch is entitled a 'Progressive Experience'. The rest of the details about lunch haven't been released- sounds exciting!


Telling ag's story through the use of new social media will also be a topic at this meeting. Tips will be offered for those wanting to get the maximum effectiveness out of using Facebook, Twitter, testing and other forms of social media.


Pre-registration is required. You can register at:

About the Author(s)

Tom Bechman 1

Editor, Indiana Prairie Farm

Tom Bechman is an important cog in the Farm Progress machinery. In addition to serving as editor of Indiana Prairie Farmer, Tom is nationally known for his coverage of Midwest agronomy, conservation, no-till farming, farm management, farm safety, high-tech farming and personal property tax relief. His byline appears monthly in many of the 18 state and regional farm magazines published by Farm Progress.

"I consider it my responsibility and opportunity as a farm magazine editor to supply useful information that will help today's farm families survive and thrive," the veteran editor says.

Tom graduated from Whiteland (Ind.) High School, earned his B.S. in animal science and agricultural education from Purdue University in 1975 and an M.S. in dairy nutrition two years later. He first joined the magazine as a field editor in 1981 after four years as a vocational agriculture teacher.

Tom enjoys interacting with farm families, university specialists and industry leaders, gathering and sifting through loads of information available in agriculture today. "Whenever I find a new idea or a new thought that could either improve someone's life or their income, I consider it a personal challenge to discover how to present it in the most useful form, " he says.

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