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Events Weeks: 12/9/02 - 1/23/03
For additional information, call (765) 494-8396

December 10: Income Tax Management For Farmers In 2002 Workshop

Various county offices of the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service will host the video workshop "Income Tax Management for Farmers in 2002" from 7-9 p.m. EST. George Patrick, a Purdue agricultural economist and tax specialist, and David Frette, a Washington, Ind., certified public account, are the featured speakers. This workshop, which is free and open to the public, will make farmers aware of the new tax laws. Other topics include special tax treatment with respect to weather-related income items, crop insurance payments, disaster assistance and excess sales of livestock. To find the nearest office showing this program, contact a local county office of Purdue Extension or call the toll-free Extension hotline at (888) 398-4636 Ext. 44191. CONTACT: George Patrick, (765) 494-4241,

January 4: Hoosier Sheep Industry Symposium

The Indiana Sheep Association will hold its Hoosier Sheep Industry Symposium at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds, 2003 Pleasant St., one block west of Hwy. 37 in Noblesville, Ind. Events include adult educational sessions, hands-on activities and educational activities for children. One adult session is "Beginning Sheep Production" by Mike Neary, Purdue sheep Extension specialist. Other sessions include marketing techniques, fiber marketing alternatives, health issues, lambing complications and a lamb cooking demonstration. The annual meeting of the Indiana Sheep Association will be at noon, and the awards banquet will follow the afternoon sessions. Full-day registration includes morning and afternoon sessions, annual meeting, lunch and awards banquet and costs $35 for adults, $25 for youth third grade and older, and $12.50 for youth second grade and younger. Session registration includes morning and afternoon sessions, lunch and annual meeting and costs $20 for adults, $10 for youth third grade and older, and $5 for youth second grade and younger. The cost to only attend the evening awards banquet is $15 for adults, $15 for youth third grade and older, and $7.50 for youth second grade and younger. Registration is due by Dec. 31, and the forms can be obtained by calling the number below. CONTACT: Kathy Berghoff, executive director of the Indiana Sheep Association, (260) 693-1966,

January 9: Illiana Commercial Vegetable Growers' School

This program will provide information on vegetable pest management in the greenhouse and field, variety selection, and insect management on ornamental plants in the greenhouse. The school will be at Teibel's Restaurant on the corner of U.S. 41 and U.S. 30 in Schererville, Ind. Rick Latin, Purdue professor of plant pathology, will discuss identification and management of seedling diseases. Rick Foster, Purdue professor of entomology, will give recommendations for managing insects in tomatoes. Weed populations will be addressed by Purdue professor of horticulture Steve Weller. Cheri Janssen, from Purdue Pesticide Programs, will provide an update on pesticide regulatory issues, and Kathryn Orvis, assistant professor of horticulture at Purdue, will discuss health benefits of vegetables. Other Purdue speakers include Chris Gunter, regional vegetable cropping systems specialist, on the use of colored plastic mulches; and Dan Egel, region pest management specialist, and Fred Whitford, coordinator of Purdue Pesticide Programs, on rules for using pesticides on vegetables in the greenhouse. Individuals who hold a valid Private Pesticide Applicator License from the state of Indiana may receive credit towards recertification by attending the morning session and paying an additional $10 fee at the door. The school is co-sponsored by the University of Illinois and Purdue University Cooperative Extension Services and the Northwest Commercial Horticulture Program at Purdue. A complete schedule is available on the web. Registration is $20 and includes lunch. Registration begins at 8 a.m. central time, and the program runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. CONTACT: Elizabeth Maynard, regional Extension specialist, (219) 785-5673,

January 17: Horse Behavior And Well-Being Workshop

This is a hands-on workshop offering an in-depth discussion and experience of issues related to horse well-being. The workshop will be at the Purdue School of Veterinary Medicine Farriery Building, located behind Lynn Hall on Purdue's campus. Sessions include "Normal Horse Behavior and Modification" by R. Dean Scoggins, associate professor of veterinary clinical medicine at the University of Illinois; "Body Condition and Health Indicators" by Mark Russell, professor of animal sciences at Purdue; "How Horses Deal with Stress from Us" by Ed Pajor, assistant professor of animal sciences at Purdue; and "First Aid and Emergency Treatments" by Janice Sojka, associate professor of large animal medicine at Purdue. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. The first session begins at 1 p.m. with the last session at 4:30 p.m. Purdue's School of Veterinary Medicine and the Indiana Horse Council sponsor this event. This workshop is limited to the first 25 registered participants. Registration costs $100. To obtain a registration form, call (765) 494-2402 or (800) 359-2968. For other questions, call (765) 494-0611. Participants in this workshop also are able to attend "Feeding the Senior Horse" from 7—8:30 p.m. in Lynn Hall, Room 1136. CONTACT: Office of Continuing Education at Purdue, (765) 494-0611

January 18: Horsemen'S Conference

The Indiana Horse Council and the School of Veterinary Medicine at Purdue will host a program for those interested in horses. Some issues to be discussed include West Nile Virus, feeding, heaves in performance horses, shock wave therapy, vitamin deficiencies, neurological diseases, bitting and mouth problems, eye injuries and diseases, broodmare issues, Rhodococcus, semen processing, and first aid for breeding and foaling injuries. There also will be a tour of the Equine Medicine Center, as well as a treadmill demonstration. This program will take place in Lynn Hall on Purdue's campus, with registration in Room 1136. Registration is $50 before Jan. 3 and $75 after. Student registration is $15. To obtain a registration form, call (765) 494-2402 or (800) 359-2968. For other questions, call (765) 494-0611. Participants of this workshop also are able to attend "Feeding the Senior Horse" from 7 p.m.—8:30 p.m. in Lynn Hall, Room 1136. CONTACT: Office of Continuing Education at Purdue, (765) 494-0611.

January 22-23: Heart Of America Grazing Conference

This year's conference will be at the Hannibal Inn, Hannibal, Mo. This conference combines research information with talks by producers from the Midwest. Ed Volborn of Hidden Valley Ranch, Bidwell, Ohio, will open the conference with his speech "Saving the Family Farm through Year-round Grazing – the Bob Evans Story." Jim Gerrish, research agronomist at the University of Missouri Forage Systems Research Center, will speak about "The Missouri Grazing Experience – Lessons Learned," and Ed Ballard of the University of Illinois will speak about "The Economics of Grazing." There also will be reports from other producers and an exhibit of grassland vendors at the conference motel. The motel's phone number is (573) 221-6610. Registration for both days is $40, $15 for Jan. 22 only and $25 for Jan. 23 only. Send registration checks before Jan. 13 to Melodie Marshall, USDA-NRCS, 1050 Highway 72 East, Suite 2, Rolla, MO 65301. After Jan. 13, call Marshall at (573) 364-6202 Ext. 3. CONTACT: Mark Kennedy, NRCS state grassland conservationist in Missouri and program coordinator, (417) 967-2028 Ext. 5;

Compiled by Michelle Betz, (765) 494-0842,

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