The 2013 Wisconsin Corn/Soy Expo gets started Thursday, Jan. 31 with an Early Riser session at 8 a.m. Farmers can hear a corn and soybean price outlook from Market Advisor Andy Schissler, Roach Ag Marketing. Corn/Soy Expo fficially kicks off at 9 a.m, with a general session featuring the nation's top farm broadcaster Orion Samuelson, a Wisconsin native who recently published his autobiography "You Can't Dream Big Enough." Panel discussions during Thursday's general session are hosted by Farm Progress Publication Editor Willie Vogt and will discuss current agricultural issues with state association leaders and the state of corn, soybean and meat exports.
Thursday afternoon at Corn/Soy Expo attendees can pick from a wide variety of hour-long educational breakout sessions. Topics range from Succession Planning with Attorney George Twohig, to grain storage management and high yield soybean tips, weed, feed and insect control, efforts to measure corn productivity, software applications for agriculture and results from Wisconsin's Discovery Farms research.
A special free introductory session on Wisconsin's new consumer outreach effort, CommonGround, takes place Thursday afternoon at 4:30 p.m., during Corn/Soy Expo. This volunteer effort aims to engage farmers with consumers in conversations about modern farming practices. This session is open to the public and doesn't require pre-registration at Corn/Soy Expo to attend.
Friday's program starts with an Early Riser session on the farm bill and crop insurance with University of Wisconsin Extension Agricultural Economist Paul Mitchell. The general session at 9 a.m. features two high powered key notes: General Wesley Clark talking about biofuels and national policy; Barry Flinchbaugh, Kansas State University Agricultural Economist delivering his unique and unforgettable view of farm policy and how it will impact farmers and farming. Wisconsin's Farm Babe Pam Jahnke emcees this session.
A sit down luncheon for Friday's Corn/Soy Expo offers a light reprieve from business with a look ahead at next season's weather from Iowa State University Agricultural Meteorologist Elwynn Taylor followed by ideas for coping with that weather from University of Wisconsin Extension Specialists Shawn Conley and Joe Lauer.
A large industry trade show at Corn/Soy Expo fills the Kalahari Conference Center with nearly 150 exhibitors showcasing their products and services. The trade show area offers a place to meet, discuss and network throughout the two-day event.
The Wisconsin Pork Association annual Taste of Elegance reception is part of the Thursday evening activities at Corn/Soy Expo and is included with all two-day and Thursday paid registrations. When registering for Corn/Soy Expo, attendees can buy extra tickets for friends and family who want to attend the Taste of Elegance and/or Friday's luncheon without registering for the entire event.
Registration and the full program brochure for Wisconsin Corn/Soy Expo are available online at www.CornSoyExpo.com or by calling the Wisconsin Soybean Program office at 608-274-7522. Cost for the full event is $160 for non-members, $110 for members of either Wisconsin Soybean Association or the Wisconsin Corn Growers Association and $85 for a member spouse.
Source: Wisconsin Corn Growers