With commodity prices at near all-time high levels, farming has been good business for most. But, changes are on the horizon.
Today, farmers and rancher have questions in their minds, about what the future of their so essential industry holds.
Answers to those agriculture concerns is the objective of the Farm Profit Conference scheduled Wednesday, March 4, at Celebration Hall, 220 West 17th Street, Ottawa.
“In cooperation with the Frontier Extension District, we have planned a quick-paced, hard-hitting speaker panel to discuss three of the toughest problems facing farmers today,” according to Kelly Lenz, program coordinator and longtime farm director of 580 WIBW, host for the educational-entertaining evening.
Doors open at 5:30, when many guests typically start arriving to view the large number of booths, and visit with the many sponsors of the complimentary supper meeting, about the wide array of products and services offered the farming industry of the Midwest.
Serving of the beef supper begins at 6 o’clock and the conference program with Lenz as master of ceremonies starts at 6:45.
Leadoff speaker is Tony English, vice president of financial integration for Farm Credit Services, who will discuss “2015 Economic Trends That Will Affect Agriculture.”
The new farm bill is complex to say the least and most farmers don’t understand it. But, farmers know they must sign up to receive any of the benefits available. To help farmers with this important decision-action, David Hornung, official at the Franklin County Farm Service Agency, will present the “2014 Farm Bill Update.”
“The Sky Is Not Falling, But There Is a Heavy Fog,” according to Darrell Holaday of Country Futures, Frankfort, who is the highlight speaker for the conference explaining exactly what he means, and where commodity prices could be headed, and why.
This third in a series of Farm Profit Conferences hosted by 580 WIBW this year is completely free compliments of the sponsors. But, meal count is required so nobody goes without supper. Reservations should be made by calling the Frontier Extension District Office at 785-229-3520, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, no later than noon on March 3.
Additional farm informational seminars have been at Rossville, and Council Grove, with another Farm Profit Conference planned by 580 WIBW, at Westmoreland, on March 18, with details forthcoming.