Conference to explore market opportunities for farmers

Farmers, agribusiness operators, policymakers and financial professionals can learn about opportunities to supplement farm income, manage farm finances and expand into growing markets at a conference presented by Purdue Extension and the community development organization Dubois Strong.

The 2016 Southwest Indiana Agriculture Economic Summit will be held Nov. 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT at the Huntingburg Event Center, 200 E. 14th St., Huntingburg. Registration is free and open to the public.

Session topics will highlight opportunities in growing markets such as local foods, renewable energy, and livestock and poultry farming, as well as federal programs available for small and new farmers, said Purdue Extension educator Kenneth Eck.

The conference includes a workshop titled “Managing for 2017 and Beyond,” which will take place immediately after lunch and includes sessions on making long-term cash rent decisions and managing crop inputs and yields. Purdue agricultural economist Chris Hurt will present a long-range outlook on the futures of the agricultural and livestock sectors during the lunch session.

For more information or to register for the summit, contact Eck at 812-482-1782,