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Global Ag symposium will be Jan. 24

Monday, January 21, 2013

Glen Waters of Purina spoke to members of the Santa Fe Agri-Leaders on Thursday, Jan. 17. He covered feeding cattle during current drought conditions. He covered other timely topics including aflatoxin in corn. The Santa Fe Agri-Leaders sponsor weekly winter meetings. This week their annual Global Ag Symposium is set for Jan. 22 at the Concordia Community Center. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the keynote speaker begins at 9 a.m. The following meeting will be Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. with FSA Farm Service Agency director's Jared Singer and Annette Colvin. Their presentation will be in the Ag classroom at Santa Fe High School in Alma.
Once again, the Santa Fe AgriLeaders Global Ag Symposium will help local farmers learn more about the global influences affecting their livelihood.

The Symposium will begin at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24, at the Concordia Community Center, 802 S. Gordon Street.

The goal of the symposium is to help local farmers be more successful.

"Like anything, every one of these you go to, you're going to pick up a thing or two you can really use," said Harold Bertz, advisor of Santa Fe AgriLeaders. "If you can use it to make your operation better and more efficient, that's our goal."

The conference begins at 8 a.m. with registration, until 8:45 a.m.

At 9 a.m., the keynote speaker, Don Borgman, will present "Biofuels in the U.S. and Beyond." A University of Missouri Ag Economics and Journalism graduate, Borgman is the director of Industry Relations for John Deere's North American operations. He has been with the company since graduating in 1974.

"He has been very active in using biofuels in their tractors and combines and he's been very active on biofuel boards since their inception," said Bertz, adding much of John Deere's research has been overseas.

The second session will feature Patrick Westhoff, FAPRI director, who will talk about Farm Policy, Farm Markets and FAPRI.

He will be covering where farm policy is headed globally, as well as giving a farm market update and overview of current markets, Bertz explained.

At 11 a.m., Bill Wiebold, a professor in the division of plant sciences at the University of Missouri, will be discussing "Life After the Drought."

However, considering moisture is still very short in the region, Bertz said Wiebold will be covering strategies to help if the drought persists.

"He's a crop scientist," Bertz added. "He'll be discussing strategies on how we can keep our livestock healthier, how we can keep our soils healthy and our plants healthy."

After a lunch provided by Plow Boys BBQ, the fourth session will begin at 12:45 p.m. with Steve Cubbage of Record Harvest. He will be covering "Making Sense of Variable Rate Data."

With producers in the audience who are just beginning to use variable rate and others who have been collecting records for up to 15 years, Bertz said Cubbage will be adding insight into using the information most effectively.

One of the hottest topics of the winter has been the use of cover crops. With that in mind, Tim Reinbott, superintendent of the Bradford Research and Extension Center will be speaking at 1:45 p.m. about "Getting a Handle on Cover Crops."

The final speaker of the day is Dean Campbell, past chairman of the Soy Transportation Coalition. His topic, "Global Transportation's Effect on U.S. Agriculture," will focus on "how the whole world's transportation systems affects us in the United States," Bertz said.

Cost for the event is $35 for Santa Fe Agri-leaders and Missouri Young Farmers/Young Farm Wives members and $40 for nonmembers. Certified Crop Advisor credit is also available.

Program and online registration details can be found at www.santafeagrileaders.org. or by contacting Bertz at 660-674-2220.

Although pre-registration is appreciated, Bertz said producers can also register Thursday morning at the conference.

"Hopefully we 've got a set of speakers that can kind of help them get a handle on something's they maybe they're facing everyday," he added.

Contact Marcia Gorrell at mgorrell@marshallnews.com

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