Various Indiana commodity groups will still hold one meeting instead of several different ones this year to take advantage of the synergy that offers, including the ability to draw keynote speakers. The 2012 Livestock, Forage and Grain Forum will be Monday, Feb. 27 at the J. W. Marriott Hotel in Indianapolis. This new venue is located directly north of Victory Field just north of Maryland Street at the northwest corner of the Indiana Convention Center.
You certainly don't have to be a livestock producer to attend this meeting. In fact, the Indiana Soybean Alliance is a key organizer, and helped initiate the first conference. ISA leadership view livestock producers as their number one customer, and want to take a look at issues of concern to both during this forum setting, officials note.
Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. for the all-day event, with breakfast available. Cost to attend is $50 per person. You must pre-register. No registration will be allowed the day of the event. You can find information on the forum and registering at the Indiana Soybean Alliance Website. Go to: www.indianasoybean.com.
Groups helping sponsor the forum in the ag community, not including commercial sponsors, are: Indiana Soybean Alliance, Indiana Beef Cattle Association, Indiana Forage Council, Indiana Professional Dairy Producers, Milk Promotion Services of Indiana, Inc., Indiana Pork, Indiana Corn Marketing Council, Indiana Horse Council, Indiana Farm Bureau, Inc., Indiana Board of Animal Health, Purdue University Extension and the Indiana State Department of Agriculture.
The morning session of the forum for all participants is sponsored by the Indiana Soybean Alliance, notes Megan Kuhn of ISA. Speakers will focus on the environment and Indiana's role in the debate on environmental issues. These issues affect both grain and livestock farmers, Kuhn notes.After lunch, each participating organization that so chooses will sponsor break-out sessions on topics more specifically related to the needs of their members. Contact Indiana Soybean Alliance for more information and a complete agenda.