Farm Management Tour: July 17, 2024

Learn about innovative farm management strategies, new technologies for improving efficiency and productivity, ways to ensure a successful transition of farm operations to the next generation. Join us at the 91st annual Purdue Farm Management Tour and reception honoring the 2024 Indiana Master Farmers in Randolph County (Winchester), Indiana on Wednesday, July 17th.

Top Farmer Conference 2019

Top Farmer Logo_300x300 Transparent

January 10, 2020 (Pre-Conference Jan. 9) | West Lafayette, Indiana


Program Overview

Take part in one of the most successful and longest-running management programs geared specifically for farmers — the Purdue Top Farmer Conference, featuring faculty and staff experts from Purdue's Center for Commercial Agriculture. 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.

The 2020 Top Farmer Conference will be held at the Beck Agricultural Center, in West Lafayette, IN, on January 9-10, 2020. For more information, contact Sarah Zahn at or 765-494-7004.

Farm Credit Mid-America, Thank you for your support!

2019 Review


Thursday, January 10, 2019

1:00 p.m. (EDT)

Attend one session, choose either:


Improving Your Crop Marketing Skills

Nathan Thompson & James Mintert, Purdue Center for Commercial Agriculture

Do you have grain storage facilities? Are you interested in improving returns to your storage facilities? This per-conference session will focus on learning about your local basis patterns and how you can take advantage of that knowledge to improve returns on your farming operation and reduce risk.



Preparing to Meet with Your Ag Lender

Michael Langemeier, Purdue Center for Commercial Agriculture

This per-conference session will explore how to use enterprise budgets to evaluate long-term enterprise profitability, and whole-farm financial projections to evaluate profitability and repayment capacity for the upcoming year. A case farm will be used to illustrate the concepts. Participants will develop budget and whole-farm financial projections for the case farm.

5:00 p.m. (EDT)


6:00-7:30 p.m. (EDT)

Sessions conclude


Networking Reception

Purdue Memorial Union - Anniversary Drawing Room


Friday, January 11, 2019

7:15 a.m. (EDT)


8:00 a.m. (EDT)

Registration & Breakfast


Welcome & Kick-Off

James Mintert, Purdue Center for Commercial Agriculture

8:05 a.m. (EDT)

How Will Rising Interest Rates & Fluctuating Exchange Rates Affect U.S. Agriculture

Jason Henderson, Director, Purdue Extension & Associate Dean, College of Agriculture

How quickly, and by how much, will interest rates rise? What do rising rates and fluctuating exchange rates mean to you and your farming operation?

9:00 a.m. (EDT)

What Are Agricultural Lenders Telling Us About Farm Financial Conditions

Brady Brewer, Assistant Professor of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University

Ag Lenders were surveyed this fall to garner their perspective of farm finances. Survey results provide insight into a challenging situation for many farms and can help you prepare for your next meeting with your lender.

9:35 a.m. (EDT)


9:50 a.m. (EDT)

Networking Break


Impacts on U.S. Agriculture from Chinese Retaliatory Tariffs & the Renegotiated NAFTA Agreement

Wally Tyner, James & Lois Ackerman Chair/Professor of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University

What are the impacts of these two trade policy developments on U.S. agriculture and what does it mean to you.

11:00 a.m. (EDT)


11:15 a.m. (EDT)

Networking Break


Using Technology Beyond Precision Applications to Improve Profitability

Nathan Delay, Assistant Professor of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University

Chris Hudson, Hudson Farms - Crawfordsville, Indiana

John & JD Nidlinger & Duane Kiess, Nidlinger Farms Incorporated - Decatur, Indiana

Facilitated panel discussion with two farm business owners who are using data and technology to make strategic management decisions for their operation. Learn about how these farms are using technology to improve their profitability.

12:15 p.m. (EDT)


1:15 p.m. (EDT)



Taking Advantage of Technology to Reduce Your Production Costs - A Discussion with Purdue's Top Crop Scientists

Robert Nielsen, Professor & Corn Specialist, Department of Agronomy, Purdue University

Shaun Casteel, Associate Professor & Soybean Specialist, Department of Agronomy, Purdue University

Bill Johnson, Professor & Weed Science Specialist, Department of Botany & Plant Pathology, Purdue University

9:35 a.m. (EDT)


9:50 a.m. (EDT)

Networking Break


National Perspective on Weather & Impacts on Crop Production

Eric Snodgrass, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Atmospheric Science, University of Illinois

Interested in weather impacts on crop production? This session will provide insights into what to look for in 2019.


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 Accommodations

Stay tuned for 2020 details!