A series of meetings jointly sponsored by Purdue University and Rochester High School Vo-Ag Department. All meetings are held on Wednesday evenings at 7:30. Most meetings are in the Rochester Vo-Ag Room, EXCEPT for the January 15 meeting, which will be held at the fairgrounds in Rochester.
Session 1: January 8, 2020 - AGRICULTURE ECONOMY-MARKET UPDATE-2019 FARM BILL DECISIONS
Dr. Michael Langemeier, Purdue Ag. Economist at the Purdue Center for Commercial Agriculture
Dr. Langemeier will cover a variety of informative programs including commodity prices, acreage decisions, ARC/PLC choice, farmland rent, and land values.
Session 2: January 15, 2020 - Sulfur recommendations for agriculture crops (PARP)
James J. Camberato, Extension Soil Fertility Specialist, With restrictions on coal-fired power plants we are cleaning up the environment which has translated into sulfur deficiencies in our crops. He will discuss this issue for corn soybeans and alfalfa. Also being covered at this class will be the state-required topic of Bee Aware. Because of High School auditorium renovations, this program will be held at the Fulton County Fairgrounds, 1009 W. Third Street in Rochester. Those receiving credits on their private applicator pesticide permit will be charged $10. Bring your pesticide permit for class registration. All others are free.
Session 3: January 22, 2020 - INDIANA STATE POLICE, Brad Weaver
Indiana State Trooper Brad Weaver will discuss various truck and other laws that affect farmers in the transportation of grain and implements. Also, Bob Hoffman will talk about OSHA regulations, and farm and vehicle safety.
Session 4: January 29, 2020 -AGRICULTURE IN AFGANISTAN, Cindra Chastain, retired Army Colonel, IN National Guard-Purdue Veteran Agrability Coordinator. Larry Temple, Purdue Extension Educator, retired Major, IN National Guard
They will relate their experiences in teaching agriculture production to Afghanistan farmers. Cindy will speak about working with farmers who are also veterans. Bring a veteran with you to this program.
If you have a disability that requires special assistance for your participation in the meeting, please contact:
Mark Kepler, Purdue Extension Service at 574-223-3397