What’s ahead for farmers and agriculture businesses in 2016? Currently there are a lot of predictions regarding various agricultural enterprises and agricultural income projections for 2016 and very few paint a rosy picture. When profit margins are tight, gathering good information for planning and management decision purposes becomes very important. Plan to attend the 2016 Agriculture Outlook and Policy scheduled for January 22 at Fisher Auditorium on the OARDC campus in Wooster. Topics will be presented by OSU Extension specialists and educators who have expertise in agricultural production and economic topics that will impact the agricultural sector in 2016. Learn about the opportunities and challenges for the agricultural sector in 2016 and pick up some tips on strategies and practices that may help you and your business.
The program begins with sign-in at 9:30 am and concludes at 3:00 pm. Registration cost is $15/person. Registration includes morning refreshments, noon lunch and handout materials. Facility rental and speaker expenses are covered with thanks to sponsorship by Farmers National Bank and Farm Credit Mid-America.
Topics that will be covered along with presenters include:
- Dairy Production Update: Controlling Input Costs: Dianne Shoemaker, OSU Extension Field Specialist in Dairy Production Economics
- 2016 Crop Insurance and Ag Tax Update: Chris Bruynis, Extension Educator Ross County
- Speaking with the Enemy: Aiming for Productive Food Fights: Stan Ernst, Food and Horticulture Market Specialist/Ag Economist
- Examining Land Values, Cash Rents, Input Costs & Potential Crop Profitability in 2016: Barry Ward, OSU Extension Leader in Ag Production Management
- Grain Situation and Market Outlook for 2016: Matt Roberts, OSU Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics
Pre-registration is requested by January 15 to help with planning the noon meal and handout numbers. An informational flyer and registration form is available on the Wayne County Extension web site at: http://go.osu.edu/wayneoutlook or contact the Wayne County Extension office at 330-264-8722.