Monday, January 28th where I will present “Drones: Are They a Worthwhile Investment for My Farm?” where we will be exploring what drones (UAVs) can do for a farm operation, as well as what a farm would need to invest to get them flying and scouting fields.
On Monday, February 4th, Dr. Jim Mintert of the Purdue Ag Econ Dept. will be discussing “Improving Your Crop Marketing Skills.” Much is being made of the ongoing low prices being received for corn and soybeans, and Dr. Mintert will be discussing strategies to help mitigate some of this low return by working the markets more to your favor.
The program on Monday, February 11th will be an approved program for Commercial and Private Applicator Recertification Points (PARP). On the agenda that evening will be Joe Becovitz of the Indiana State Chemist Office, who will be presenting “There’s an Inspector at the Door,” where he will be walking attendees through what happens when the State Chemist Office is called in for an investigation, in the hopes that participants will walk away with a better understanding of rules and regulations in terms of storing and applying pesticides. Also on the agenda will be Joe Rorick, an agronomist for Indiana Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative and soil health expert, who will be presenting “Residue Management for Soil Health.”
The Winter Schools will resume on Monday, February 18th, where we will be addressing one of the major issues facing agriculture in the coming years: climate change. Melissa Widhalm of Purdue’s Climate Change Research Center will be speaking that evening on “Building Resiliency in a Changing Climate,” which will inform attendees on what Purdue is finding in terms of Indiana’s changing climate and what they might expect and how they might begin preparing for the future.
Programs will be concluding on Monday, February 25th with another economic themed program titled, “Measuring Farm Income and Repayment Capacity,” by Dr. Michael Langemeier of the Purdue Ag Econ Dept. During this program Dr. Langemeier will be discussing ways farms can more efficiently pay off farm debt, among other things.
If you have any questions about the Winter Schools or other programs this winter please contact me at 219-984-5115 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.