Global Ag Symposium set for Jan. 26

Friday, January 20, 2012

Area farmers can learn more about local agriculture and its international impact at the Global Ag Symposium set for Thursday, Jan. 26, at the Concordia Community Center, 802 South Gordon Street in Concordia.

"We are really excited about the program," said David Lueck of Santa Fe Agri-Leaders, which is presenting the conference for the second year.

Similar to last year, several of the breakout sessions can be used for Certified Crop Advisors (CCA) to earn up to five hours of continuing education credits.

Attendees will be able to "find out what is going on internationally in agriculture and further their education on production in the state," said Lueck.

This year's program will include several noted speakers covering international and local issues.

After registration and refreshments from 8 - 8:45 a.m., Monsanto executive Brett Begemann, who spent several years in Southeast Asia, will be sharing his knowledge, beginning at 9 a.m.

During lunch from noon to 1 p.m., John Kleiboeker, executive director of the Missouri Beef Industry Council will be speaking on behalf of Missouri Farmers Care. He will be addressing some of the current threats to + agriculture.

At 2:10 p.m., Ray County farmer Tom Waters will speak about the Missouri River Flood 2011. Waters is president of the Missouri Levee and Drainage District Association (MLDDA).

The closing session, will cover global exports. The speakers will be Joel Severinghaus, project manager of Global Opportunities and Alliances with the United States Soybean Export Council and Rob Korff, a farmer from Norborne, who traveled to Asia with the U.S. Grains Council.

Breakout sessions begin at 10 a.m. and will cover several topics.

From 10-10:50 a.m. two sessions, both eligible for CCA credit, are offered: Cover Crops, taught by Greg Stegner, Jackson County NRCS Resource Conservationist and In Season Nitrogen, taught by Peter Scharf, professor of agronomy at the University of Missouri.

From 11 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. two other classes are offered including one for CCA credit: Weed Resistance Management, taught by Dr. Kevin Bradley, who conducts research and extension projects in the area of weed management for the University of Missouri. The second session will be a farmer panel on Precision Farming. Panelists will be Mendell Elson of Miami; John Dana, Ray County and Phil Varner, Lafayette County.

After lunch, one more breakout session will be offered from 1:10 - 2 p.m. It will include a CCA credit class: Crop Rotation, taught by Dr. Bill Wiebold, who conducts corn and soybean research for the University of Missouri. A second class, Corn Stalk Management will also be offered.

Registration for the all-day event is $35 for Agri-Leader members and $40 for non-members. Registration can be sent to Santa Fe Agri-Leaders P.O. Box 197 Alma, MO. 64001. Online registration is available at Lueck can be contacted at 660-641-2722.

In 2011, more than 100 farmers, CCAs and others attended from several different counties and adjoining states.