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Purdue Top Crop Farmer Workshop Coming in JulyPurdue Top Crop Farmer Workshop Coming in July

Workshop will take on different format but feature same great flow of information.

Tom Bechman 1

June 20, 2013

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The 46th annual Purdue University Top Farmer Crop Workshop will be held July 8 -10, 2013. That's shorter than for some workshops in the past, but the information should be just as helpful.

The Sunday portion of the program has been dropped. The conference begins at 2 p.m. on July 8 and ends at 5 p.m. on July 10. It also has moved – this year it will be held at the Beck Agricultural Center on the Purdue University Research Farm, rather than at Stewart Center on campus.


Michael Langemeier, Purdue Extension Center for Commercial Agriculture, says the workshop will be a good place to listen to discussions on issues facing crop farmers in one setting. Timely production and economic research will be featured throughout the workshop.

Extension specialists from the University of Illinois will also be assisting in the workshop. Organizers say it's because the two universities have different strengths. A sizable number of attendees are usually crop and livestock producers from Illinois.

New topics for this year include precision farming, cover crops, environmental issues and ethanol and biodiesel pipelines, according to organizers.  A Brazilian professor will lead the final presentation, discussing the impacts of increasing Brazilian crop and livestock production.

What makes this workshop unique, organizers say, it is focuses on both production and economics that can impact management of a farm. It is geared for farmers who treat their operation as a true business.

Registration is $400 for the first registrant from a farm, and $350 for each additional person. This does not include hotel accommodations. For more information, click here.

About the Author(s)

Tom Bechman 1

Editor, Indiana Prairie Farm

Tom Bechman is an important cog in the Farm Progress machinery. In addition to serving as editor of Indiana Prairie Farmer, Tom is nationally known for his coverage of Midwest agronomy, conservation, no-till farming, farm management, farm safety, high-tech farming and personal property tax relief. His byline appears monthly in many of the 18 state and regional farm magazines published by Farm Progress.

"I consider it my responsibility and opportunity as a farm magazine editor to supply useful information that will help today's farm families survive and thrive," the veteran editor says.

Tom graduated from Whiteland (Ind.) High School, earned his B.S. in animal science and agricultural education from Purdue University in 1975 and an M.S. in dairy nutrition two years later. He first joined the magazine as a field editor in 1981 after four years as a vocational agriculture teacher.

Tom enjoys interacting with farm families, university specialists and industry leaders, gathering and sifting through loads of information available in agriculture today. "Whenever I find a new idea or a new thought that could either improve someone's life or their income, I consider it a personal challenge to discover how to present it in the most useful form, " he says.

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