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2014 agriculture outlook meeting


By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Dec 20th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Iowa State University Extension will host an Agriculture Outlook Seminar in Cresco on Tuesday, January 14 starting at 11 a.m. The site is the Expo Center on the Howard County Fairgrounds at 220 7th St W, Cresco. The seminar is designed to provide agribusiness professionals and producers with an evaluation of current and outlook market conditions and information on current topics in agriculture.

Joe Kerns, Kerns and Associates, will give an outlook for crops and livestock. Kerns will discuss the market outlook for corn and soybeans. The Midwest has experienced extreme weather variability in 2013; how big is the 2013 crop and what will happen to supply and demand in the coming months? Kerns will also be discussing how the livestock industry may respond to current production costs and future demand. What will lower grain prices and the current global economy mean for the future of the agriculture industry?

Roger McEowen, Center for Ag Law and Taxation, will discuss the top legal issues in agriculture today. McEowen will also address the tax and legal changes that will affect producers in the coming year.

Other topics covered at the meeting include weather and nutrient reduction strategy. A weather outlook will be given by John Wetenkamp, National Weather Service, La Crosse. He will also discuss weather trends, current drought status, and related weather impacts on agriculture. The nutrient reduction strategy will be discussed by Terry Basol, ISU Extension, and Neil Shaffer, Howard County SWCD.

Meeting registration begins at 10:30 a.m. with the program starting at 11 a.m. Program includes lunch will conclude by 3:30 p.m. This program is sponsored by A&K Feed & Grain, Art’s Mill, Big Gain – Iowa Division, Cresco Bank & Trust, CUS Bank, Farmers Feed & Grain, Farmers Mill/Seed Solutions, First Security Bank & Trust, Innovative Ag Services, ISUEO Howard County Extension, Peoples Savings Bank, Sovereign Grain, and Winneshiek Co-op.

The registration fee is $5 per person with by January 8 and $10 per person for late registration. This fee includes all meeting materials and lunch. Phone registration is required on or before Wednesday, January 8 by calling (563) 547-3001.

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