How agriculture can spur economic growth in communities is the topic of Indiana Soybean Alliance's Livestock, Forage and Grain Forum.
The one-day educational event will be Monday, March 16, at the Indianapolis Convention Center. More than 500 Indiana grain farmers, livestock producers and industry representatives are expected to attend this year's event alongside community and economic development leaders.
Forum speakers and panelists will focus on local economic development and how agriculture can fuel community and county economic growth, including value opportunities created in-between the farm and the fork.
The keynote speaker for the event will be Adjutant General, Major General R. Martin Umbarger, Indiana National Guard. His speech will focus on how the Guard, a feed company and the community can make a difference for Indiana. Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann is scheduled to unveil ISDA's new strategic dairy plan strategy.
The forum will also feature two panel discussions:
• "Let's Talk Turkey about Economic Development" - focusing on how an Indiana ag company brought economic development to southwestern Indiana.
• "From the Barns to Bacon" - focusing on how investment in agriculture beings community value.
This year's Beck's Beyond the Fence award winners will also be honored during lunch. This will be the fourth year that Beck's Hybrids, ISA and Indiana Corn Growers Association have joined together to honor individuals for their outstanding service and contributions to Indiana agriculture.
Four categories will be honored: The Beck's Friend of Indiana Agriculture Award; The Beck's Agricultural Education Outreach Award; The Beck's Community Betterment Award; and The Beck's Ag Media Award.
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The Forum will begin at 8 a.m. with registration and breakfast; the general session will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 2 p.m. with lunch and networking opportunities included.
Registration is $25 and pre-registration is required. To learn more and register, visit Indianasoybean.com/forum.