If you grow grain, raise hay, or raise livestock in Indiana, there will be something for you at the Indiana Livestock, Forage and Grain Forum in Indianapolis on March 13. Registration is open, and the organizers are hoping people will take advantage of early registration for this big meeting.
Held for the past several years, the event draws a few hundred people to Indianapolis. This year's forum will be at the Marriott Indianapolis on Maryland Street, just south of the state capitol.
Pre-registration is required. The fee is $25. You can register at www.indianasoybean.com/forum.Behind the scenes: Megan Kuhn, right, will play a big role in organizing the Indiana Livestock, Forage and Grain Forum. Last summer Kuhn and Sarah Correll, an ISA intern, prepared the state fair Glass Barn exhibit.
Megan Kuhn, communications specialist for Indiana Soybean Alliance, says the morning session sponsored by ISA will feature a hot topic: Big Data and what it means for the future. It's a new world to many, and it focuses on technology's use and how it may impact farmers and individuals.
Kenneth Cukier, from The Economist will be the keynote speaker. He says "big data" will impact the economy, science and society in general – not just agriculture.
In the morning session, Beck's Hybrids will also present their Beyond the Fence awards for Hoosiers in agriculture who go above and beyond. Four individuals in various categories will be recognized.
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Other participating organizations will hold activities in afternoon sessions related to their group or specific interest. Those groups include the Indiana Beef Cattle Association, Indiana Corn Marketing Council, Indiana Dairy Producers, Indiana Farm Bureau, Indiana Forage Council, Indiana Pork, the Indiana State Board of Animal Health, the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, Milk Promotion Services of Indiana, Inc., and Purdue University Extension.
You can find a complete agenda which explains all conference activities at the same Website where you register to attend the forum.
Registration includes breakfast and lunch for participants. If you have questions you can also contact Kuhn at firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure you have March 13 marked on your calendar.