WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Learn about innovative farm management strategies, new technologies to improve efficiency and productivity, ways to ensure a successful transition of your operation to the next generation and more at the annual meeting Purdue Farm Management TourJuly 19-20.
Purdue University Commercial Agriculture Center and Purdue extension sponsor the tour, which includes stops at three farms in Tipton and Clinton counties. Farms are chosen based on successful business management practices or farm managers’ unique perspective on farm business management.
“The Purdue Farm Management Tour brings together some of Indiana’s top farm business managers, making it a fantastic opportunity for farmers to learn from the experiences of others and discover new principles to apply on their own farms to to maximize innovation and success,” said James. Mintert, director of the Purdue Center for Commercial Agriculture.
Each tour includes an interview session where farm operators provide an overview of their farms. Host farmers will also share successful farm management tips, discuss how the management of their operations is changing in response to farm economics and changing family circumstances, and share the reasons for their recent innovations in production practices and the adoption of new technologies.
The visit is free and open to the public. Visit purdue.ag/farmtour or call 765-494-7004 to register (required).
Tour Schedule — All times are shown in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).
12:30 p.m., July 19 — M&K Henderson/Henderson Ag family farm advantage: Monty and Austin Henderson are the fifth and sixth generations of their family to farm in Tipton County. Monty is currently the regional director of the Hoosier Heartland Indiana Small Business Development Center, and the Austin-based company, Henderson Ag Advantage, supplies customers with a variety of agricultural inputs. The M&K Henderson Family Farm farming operation focuses on improving soil health using a combination of no-till, strip-till and cover crops. On this leg of the tour, you’ll learn more about how the Hendersons combined farming with their pursuit of entrepreneurial opportunities to help ensure a successful farming transition.
8:30 a.m., July 20 — Orr Farms: Clint and Marianne Orr began their farming operation with just 200 acres under cultivation in the late 1980s. The lack of a large land base in one location encouraged the Orrs to take advantage of existing facilities scattered across multiple owned locations. and rented. Recently, they built a new stand-alone grain facility with a Grain Handler continuous mixed-flow dryer, which provides the capacity to store 100% of the seed grain, waxy corn and white corn produced by their farm. Keeping up with new technology is important to them, and their new 2022 model corn and soybean planters will both be on display during this leg of the tour.
1:30 p.m., July 20 — Stafford Farms: Tim Stafford and his sons Jarren and Jordan raise corn, soybeans and hogs. Jarren and Jordan, who provide leadership in technology adoption and implementation, joined the farm full-time in the early 2000s, and the family implemented a plan to transfer key assets from father to son over time. The Staffords grow seed corn and install patterned tiles using their own equipment. In 2022, a new state-of-the-art farm shop was completed, which will also be featured on this leg of the tour.
Indiana Prairie Farmer Master Farmer Reception and Panel Discussion
The Indiana Prairie Farmer’s Master Farmer’s Reception and Roundtable will take place July 19 at 3:30 p.m. in conjunction with the Farm Management Tour to Honor the 2022 Master Farmers. This year’s honorees will discuss keys to success at the during their long agricultural career. The reception will be held at Beck’s Hybrids on Tuesday, July 19, at 6767 N. 276th St., Atlanta, Indiana. The Master Farmer Program is a longstanding tradition that honors individuals who have made significant contributions to Hoosier agriculture and demonstrated success in farm efficiency, natural resource management, and community service. There is no cost to attend; visit purdue.ag/farmtour to register (required). The Indiana Master Farmer program is sponsored by Purdue University College of Agriculture and Indiana Prairie Farmer.
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Source: James Mintert, 765-494-7004, [email protected]
Agricultural communications: 765-494-8415;
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