​​January 9, 2018

Pre-conference workshop: January 8, 2018

Registration is now closed.

Program​ Overview

Take part in one of the most successful and longe​st-running management programs geared specifically for farmers — the Purdue Top Farmer Conference, now in its 50th year. A half-day pre-conference workshop happens on January 8, followed by the one-day Top Farmer Conference on January 9. Both portions of the program feature faculty and staff experts from Purdue's Center for Commercial Agriculture. The conference also includes sessions led by faculty from Kansas State University and leading industry experts. Surrounded by farm management, farm policy, agricultural finance and marketing experts, and a group of your peers, the conference will stimulate your thinking about agriculture’s future and how you can position your farm to be successful in the years ahead.

Top Farmer Conference Agenda

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

8:00 am - Welcome and Kick-Off
James Mintert, Professor of Agricultural Economics and Director of Purdue's Center for Commercial Agriculture

The Future Food Consumer: Implications for Producers
Jayson Lusk, Department Head and Distinguished Professor of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University

Do you know what tomorrow's consumer wants? Learn ways for you to shift your focus to take advantage of emerging demands.

Managing Your Way Through Agricultural Cycles
Jason Henderson, Director of Purdue Extension and Professor of Agricultural Economics

History doesn't repeat itself, but it has a way of rhyming. Lessons from past ag cycles provide insight into how you can manage your way through the current tight-margin environment.

Networking Break

Your Farm's War Chest: How to Build It; How to Use It
Michael LangemeierPurdue Professor of Agricultural Economics and Associate Director of Purdue's Center for Commercial Agriculture; David Widmar, Purdue Research Associate; and James Mintert

Learn how you can make sound strategic decisions for your farm that still leave the door open for future opportunities.

Networking Break

Basis: An Overlooked Opportunity?
Nathan Thompson, Purdue Assistant Professor of Agricultural Economics; Chris Hurt, Purdue Professor of Agricultural Economics; and James Mintert

Learn how to identify seasonal basis patterns that can provide profit opportunities for your farm.


Before You Make 2018 Decisions: Rethink Your Risk Management Strategy
Art Barnaby, Professor of Agricultural Economics, Kansas State University

Your farm business has changed a lot in recent years. Has your crop insurance strategy kept pace?

Networking Break

Lowering Your Production Cost without Reducing Yield Potential - A Discussion with Purdue's Top Crop Scientists
Robert NielsenPurdue Professor of Agronomy specializing in corn; Shaun Casteel, Purdue Associate Professor of Agronomy specializing in soybeans; and Bill Johnson, Purdue Professor of Botany and Plant Pathology specializing in weed science


Purdue's top crop production scientists provide tips to help you reduce your farm's cost per bushel.

​Conference Wrap-up

Download the printable PDF agenda.​

Pre-Conference Workshop

Monday, January 8, 2018

Choose from one of the two following workshops. Both run 1-5 p.m. and will be followed by a light reception at the Beck Agricultural Center at 5 p.m.

Financial Management Workshop
Michael Langemeier and James Mintert

This pre-conference session will explore ways to:  

  • Benchmark your farm against key financial metrics.
  • Evaluate your farm's debt repayment capacity.
  • Gauge the impact of changes in income and expenses on your farm's financial performance.
A case farm will be used to illustrate workshop concepts. Participants are encouraged to bring their own tax statements and balance sheets to the workshop to learn how to use their own records to conduct in-depth financial analysis.

Succession Planning Workshop
Renee Wiatt, Family Business Management Specialist, Purdue Initiative for Family Firms​

This pre-conference session will help participants:

  • Explore various options in buy-sell agreements.
  • Gauge if a farm is ready for management transfer and critical steps to follow.
  • Identify and manage conflict styles within the family farm.
  • Learn how to come to resolution when faced with a conflict.

During the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to assess their personal conflict style, which will help them to be more productive when working with other family members and employees.

Progra​m Location

Beck Agricultural Center​

4540 U.S. 52 West, West Lafayette, IN 47906

From the North: Take exit 193 for U.S. 231 south. Turn left on U.S. 52 W. Beck Ag Center is on the left at the Agronomy Center for Research and Education (ACRE). 

From the South: Take I 65 N. to exit 175, turn left on to Schuyler Ave. Turn right onto Sagamore Pkwy N. follow through W. Lafayette and continue on 52 W. to the Beck Ag Center on the right at the Agronomy Center for Research and Education (ACRE).


Lodging Information​

Room blocks have been set up at the following hotels. Please visit their websites or call directly to make a reservation.

Hilton Garden Inn
$101 per night
Reservations: 765-743-2100
Please be sure to ask for the TPFARM room block.

Union Club Hotel
$101 per night (standard room with a double bed and a twin bed)
$127 per night (deluxe room with two double beds)
Reservations: 765-494-8900
Please be sure to ask for the Top Farmer room block.

Progra​m Sponsorship

​​There are sponsorship opportunities available for the Purdue Top Farmer Conference. For more information on how you and/or your organization can support the program, please contact Aissa Good​ at 765-496-3884 or aissa@purdue.edu.

Registration is now closed.

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