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Lifestyle

Illinois Farm Economics Summit scheduled for December in DeKalb

URBANA – Speakers from University of Illinois Extension and the farmdoc team from the U of I Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics will explore topics such as the 2020 outlook for crop and livestock prices, the next farm bill, farm profitability and management topics, and the impacts of trade and policy issues at the 2019 Illinois Farm Economics Summit in December.

The ongoing trade war with China, combined with one of the wettest spring planting seasons on record, made 2019 a challenging year for Illinois agriculture.

“The stress of a prolonged period of low grain prices was amplified by low yield due to poor planting and summer growing season weather,” U of I agricultural economist Scott Irwin said in a news release. “Producers and landowners continue to face a series of difficult management challenges as they grapple with adjusting to this highly volatile economic environment.”

The Illinois Farm Economics Summit meetings will be scheduled in five locations across the state during the month of December, including one in DeKalb. Hosted by Illinois Extension, the format for the meetings will be fast-paced but will allow plenty of time for questions from the audience.

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

The DeKalb summit will be Dec. 19 at Faranda’s Banquet Center, 302 Grove St.

The registration fee is $85 per person; save $5 by registering online. This fee includes all meeting materials, break refreshments and lunch. Register by Dec. 9 to guarantee a spot. Registration will be available at the door for $90 per person, as space permits.

Register for the event online. For registration questions, contact Nancy Simpson at nsimp1@illinois.edu or 217-244-9687.

Visit the conference website at https://farmdoc.illinois.edu/ifes.

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