Hemme was speaking shortly after the inaugural Global Ag Symposium wrapped up Tuesday, Jan. 25, at the Concordia Community Center.
Approximately 110 people from across the state attended the all-day event, with attendees traveling from as Missouri locations as far away as Mexico, California and northern Shelby County.
Those in attendance included not only farmers but several agri-business representatives. "There were a lot of seed dealers and a lot of company representatives from our sponsors, including Mycogen, Pioneer and Monsanto," said Hemme. Other major sponsors of the event included the Missouri Corn and Missouri Soybean programs, Syngenta and Cargill.
"Equipping today's producer for tomorrow's demands" was the theme of the event, which was opened with keynote speaker, Phil Corzine, general manager for South American Soy, LLC. The company farms over 5,000 acres in Brazil, raising mostly corn and soybeans.
After the participants went into separate sessions, Corzine gave more details about his farming operation in Brazil.
One attendant Beverly Henke, an ag risk management advisor out of Mexico, said Corzine's presentations brought to light a lot of "details" that you can't get by simply reading an article about farming in Brazil.
"They definitely stuck to the theme of global agriculture," she said. "It's always good to have hands-on speakers."
Gary Clark, deputy director of the Missouri Corn Growers Association, gave the closing speech of the day.
"You say you don't live in a global market, but it affects you everyday," he told the crowd.
Among some of the highlights of Clark's message was that domestic and export demand for corn will remain high through 2011; U.S. corn supply will be adequate to meet all demands and China is the new growth opportunity for exports of corn and dried distiller's grain.
He also told farmers that quality of corn is important in a global marketplace.
"We need to be cognizant of our quality of grain," he said.
Half of the break-out sessions were designed to give continuing education credits for Certified Crop Advisors. Those covered soybean, nitrogen and herbicide resistant weed management and were conducted by University of Missouri and Iowa State professors.
In other breakout sessions, Alex Stemme from the Missouri Soybean Association spoke about the "Impact of Exports," and Bob Gunzenhauser of Pioneer spoke about Global Positioning Systems and variable seeding rates.
The "New Tier 4" engine was another popular topic, with Chris Dorr of John Deere and Jack Heer of Case IH, each explaining the way their companies have met the new EPA engine requirements for 2011, reducing exhaust emissions by 90 percent. In 2014, the Tier 4b engine, will come out, which Dorr explained will mean the air coming into the engine will actually be cleaner than the air it lets out.
"We're basically cleaning the air for our generation to come," he said.
Mark Petzoldt, who farms north of Marshall in the Fairville area, was one of the farmers who attended the event.
"I've attended programs similar to this in the past and you never know what you are going to learn until you are here," he said, adding, "You never know what you'll find that you can take back to your own operation and put to good use."
David Lueck, one of the organizers of the event, said he was "tickled" with the amount of people who attended the event.
"Everything went real well for the first year," he added.
"This was very good turnout for our first year," said Hemme, hoping they can get more attendance for the 2012 symposium. "This will give us something to strive to improve upon for next year."
More pictures from the day's event can be seen on the Online Agriculture page at http://www.marshallnews.com/agriculture
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