Fort Wayne Farm Show is this month

Come to the 2017 Fort Wayne Farm Show, featuring Purdue Extension specialists and other ag industry professionals who will give presentations and lead discussions for farmers and others in the ag industry. The show runs Jan. 17-19 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.

The Fort Wayne Farm Show is one of the premier indoor farm shows in the U.S. The extensive and recently expanded trade show will showcase the latest innovations in technology and equipment, and educational seminars will deal with current agricultural issues.

The seminars, co-sponsored by Purdue Extension and the Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Northeast Indiana, will run daily.

The first day of the show, Jan. 17, will begin with a grain market outlook at 9:30 a.m. featuring Jon Cavanaugh, marketing director from Central States Enterprises, Inc., David Kohli, adjunct professor at Ivy Tech, Ryan Martin, chief meteorologist at Hoosier Ag Today, and Rob Winters, farm director at 1190AM-WOWO.

At 11:30 a.m., Dr. Christopher Winslow from Ohio State University’s Stone Lab, will discuss agriculture’s link to Lake Erie and the Mississippi River (tickets required — see a sponsor at show). From 1:30-3:30 p.m., producers will have the opportunity to learn about writing a nutrient management plan. Indiana Private Applicators (Category 14 and/or pesticide) may receive program credit for this session (if attended in its entirety) as a Private Applicator Recertification Program for $10.

On Wednesday, Jan. 18, Purdue’s Jason Henderson will speak at 10 a.m. on an Indiana ag economy update. At 11:30 a.m., a luncheon program, sponsored by local county Farm Bureau, Inc. groups, will focus on the direction of agriculture for 2017. Randy Kron, President of Indiana Farm Bureau, Inc. will preside (only first 150 served lunch). At 1 p.m., Ryan Martin will offer a weather outlook, while Purdue’s Dr. Chris Hurt will give a grain and livestock market outlook. At 5:30 p.m., Purdue’s Tamara Benjamin will speak on opportunities for diversified food and farming systems in Indiana.

On Jan. 19, the final day of the show, ag consultants Lon Swanson and Tim Luginsland from Wells Fargo Investments will offer a grain and livestock market outlook at 9:30 a.m. At 11 a.m., Matt Bechdol, president of GeoSilos, will speak on “Ag Tech: Start or Sit the Bench, You are in the Game.” Then, from 1 p.m. until 2:30 p.m., a farm succession planning workshop will be given by Dan Gordon, attorney with Gordon & Associates, and Purdue Extension Educators Ed Farris and Paul Marcellino.

Purdue Extension will have a booth at the trade show where participants can talk to Extension Educators from northeast Indiana counties, and learn from displays on current agricultural topics. I plan to be there, so please stop by and say hello! If I’m not in the booth, I am probably assisting with one of the educational seminars.

More information about the show is available at A flyer detailing the above educational seminars can be picked up at the show, or by visiting our website.

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