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DeKalb to host 2017 Illinois Farm Economics Summit

DeKALB – The first of five Illinois Farm Economics Summits will be Dec. 18 at Faranda’s Banquet Center, 302 Grove St.

The summits will address the profitability of Illinois agriculture and how to manage financial stress.

The University of Illinois Extension and members of the farmdoc team from the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics in the College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences is offering a series of five farm economics summit meetings to help producers with key issues they’re facing.

“Although very good crops in many parts of the state in 2016 helped incomes recover, the story of Illinois agriculture continued to be one of managing financial stress,” U of I agricultural economist Scott Irwin said. “The stress has been brought on by low corn, soybean and wheat prices, and costs of production that have adjusted somewhat slowly to the new price realities. Producers and landowners continue to face a series of difficult management challenges as they grapple with adjusting to the current environment of low grain prices.”

Speakers from the U of I farmdoc team will explore the farm profitability outlook and management challenges from several perspectives, including the 2018 outlook for crop and livestock prices, soybean yield trends, an update on the next farm bill, the financial position of Illinois farms, habits of financially resilient farm operations and crop economics for 2018.

The format for the meeting will be fast-paced and allow time for questions from the audience.

Irwin said farm owners, operators, ag lenders and agribusiness professionals will benefit from the information presented at this year’s summit.

Sponsored by the U of I Extension, the farm economics summit will be offered at five different locations during the month of December:

• Dec. 18 – DeKalb, Faranda’s Banquet Center

• Dec. 19 – Peoria, Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino

• Dec. 20 – Springfield, Crowne Plaza

• Dec. 21 – Carlyle, Bretz Wildlife Lodge and Winery

• Dec. 22 – Champaign, iHotel and Conference Center

Registration and coffee will begin at 7:45 a.m. Sessions will begin at 8:15 a.m. and conclude at 1:30 p.m. The advance registration fee is $70 a person and includes lunch, refreshments and all meeting materials. The deadline for advance registration is Dec. 11. Registration at the door is $75 a person as space permits.

For questions about registration, contact Nancy Simpson at or 217-244-9687.

Visit for the complete agenda and list of speakers.

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