Thursday, June 27 & Friday, 28, 2019
The Department of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University has organized an annual Indiana Farm Management Tour every year since the early 1930s. Host farmers share keys to successful farm management and explain how the management of their operations is changing in response to the ever-changing agricultural economy and the evolving circumstances of their families. They also share reasons behind recent innovations in production practices and adoption of new technology. This is an opportunity to ask questions and learn from the experiences of Indiana’s best farm business managers.
For more information, contact Sarah Zahn at email@example.com or 765-494-7004.
Thursday, June 27, 2019
Interview at 12:30 p.m. (EDT) and mini-tours to follow.
Anson Farms, located near Andrews, Indiana in Huntington County was started by John Anson’s grandfather Mark, who was named an Indiana Master Farmer in 1968. John and his wife, Jodi, now operate the farm, having completed a management transition from John’s father, Aaron. In addition to raising commercial corn and soybeans and selling corn and soybean seed, the Anson’s also have a boar stud operation, which provides boar power under contract to a large Michigan hog operation. Recently, the Anson’s have begun to market some of their corn directly to a nearby dairy farm operated by neighbor Johan de Groot.
Dennis Grain & Farms
Interview at 3:00 p.m. (EDT) and mini-tours to follow.
Dennis Grain & Farms headquarters is located in northeast Huntington County where they grow corn, soybeans, wheat and double-crop sunflowers. Dennis Grain & Farms is a family operation with brothers Marc, Jack and Bob Dennis, along with their sons and several employees, providing their operation’s labor and management. In addition to their crop farming operation, the Dennis family also operates a commercial grain elevator, which serves as a buying station for Pioneer’s Plenish soybeans. Dennis Farms relies on grain marketing and agronomic consultants to effectively manage their growing operation. An early adopter of precision agriculture technology, Dennis Farms works closely with Advanced Agrilytics of Huntington, Indiana when making crop production decisions. Recent research results on their farm led Dennis Grain & Farms to transition their corn production from 30-inch to 20-inch rows for 2019.
Master Farmer Banquet at Huntington University, Habecker Dining Commons
Meet and Greet starts at 6:00 p.m. (EDT) with dinner & awards to follow at 6:30 p.m. (EDT).
The Indiana Prairie Farmer Master Farmer Banquet will be held June 27 in conjunction with the Farm Management Tour. The banquet will be in the Habecker Dining Commons at Huntington University. The cost to attend the banquet is $25 per adult, $10 per child (ages 3-12), and free for children 2 and younger. Participants must register separately for the Master Farmer Banquet by filling out the form at purdue.ag/masterfarmer and mailing it along with a check by June 14th. Pre-registration is a must as no day-of tickets will be available. Questions about the banquet can be answered by calling (765) 494-4191.
Friday, June 28, 2019
Bowman Agri Corp.
Interview at 8:30 a.m. (EDT) and mini-tours to follow.
Bowman Farms and Bowman Agri-Corp. are comprised of a corn-soybean farming operation and commercial grain elevator managed by brothers Dan and Kevin Bowman along with Kevin’s two sons, Kyle and Evan. The Bowmans have farmed in Wabash County for five generations dating back into the 1800s. Over the years the Bowmans exited livestock production and focused their attention on crop production. The Bowman family obtained a grain dealer’s license in 1980 to fill a local need for a commercial elevator, which also created an opportunity to expand their farm’s storage facilities. Dan and Kyle, who has an MBA, focus on financial management while Kevin and Evan, who is nearing completion of an M.S. in agronomy, focus on agronomic decisions. Early on the Bowmans concluded that one of the keys to success on their soil types was to focus on improving drainage, leading them to invest in state-of-the-art drainage equipment to install their own drainage tile. The farm relies on various precision-ag technologies to improve their farm’s productivity and profitability.
Farm Tour Lunch at McKillip Farms
Lunch starts at 12 p.m. (EDT) followed by McKillip Farms interview & mini-tours.
Todd and Troy McKillip are the fourth generation of the McKillip family to farm near Wabash, Indiana and have recently completed a transition of the business from the third generation to ensure the business’ ongoing success. Todd and Troy’s grandfather was an early adopter of hybrid corn and entered the hybrid seed corn business with a 3-acre plot in 1935. Still operating as an independent seed company, McKillip Seeds joined the AgVenture group, the nation’s largest network of independent regional seed companies, in 2006. Although focused on corn and soybean seed production and marketing, McKillips have always believed diversification is important and, as a result, they’ve recently entered tomato production, raising tomatoes under contract with Red Gold.
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