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PREPARE FOR 2020 NOW: With 2019 finally in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look toward 2020. Get a head start on planning at the Purdue Top Farmer Conference.

Attend Purdue Top Farmer Conference

The one-day event and pre-conference will focus on mitigating risk.

Circle Jan. 10 and plan to be at the Beck’s Center near West Lafayette, Ind. Purdue University’s Top Farmer Conference will be hosted by the Center for Commercial Agriculture at the Purdue Agronomy Center for Research and Education.

“The 2020 Top Farmer Conference was developed to address concerns producers and agribusiness professionals may face in the coming year and help them identify strategies to position their operations for future success,” says Jim Mintert, Purdue Extension agricultural economist and the center director.

The daylong event will be packed with ag economists, crop specialists and climatologists from Purdue, other universities and the industry. Eric Snodgrass from Nutrien Ag Solutions and the University of Illinois will lay out the challenges of dealing with weather and climate impacts on crop production.

If you want to get an early start on 2020, a half-day pre-conference event called Ag Survivor will be held at the same location on Jan. 9, Mintert says. This workshop will provide hands-on experience in developing strategies for managing risk in your operation. It’s conducted by a team of faculty members from Wyoming University and the University of Nebraska.

The conference itself will also focus on long- and short-term ag outlooks, and farm program comparisons as farm bill decisions loom in mid-March.

Registration is $150 for the Jan. 10 event and $50 for the pre-conference, or $175 for both. Farm Credit Mid-America is co-sponsoring the conference. Register by contacting Sarah Zahn at 765-494-7004 or Check out the Top Farmer Conference 2020 web page for more details.

You can also contact Mintert for more specifics about program content at 765-494-4310 or

Information for this article was supplied by Purdue University Ag Communication.

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