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June 3, 2003

Farm Management Tour travels to west central Indiana

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Farm operators wishing to improve their operation can gain valuable insights on July 9-10 during the Farm Management Tour.

"It is a rare opportunity to visit other farms and see more than the machinery and livestock," said Alan Miller, farm business management specialist at Purdue University. "At this tour, other operators will be able to see what makes these farms successful. This year, we have a great group of well-managed farms on the Farm Management Tour."

The tour is free and will take place in Montgomery and Putnam counties.

The Montgomery County portion of the tour, on July 9, includes:

• 1 p.m. Cain's Homelike Farm, Route 1, Darlington. Terry and Kenny Cain's conservation practices ensure that the land will be productive for future generations through the practices of no-till farming, habitat restoration and comprehensive conservation planning.

• 3 p.m. Sennett Cattle Company, Route 1, Waynetown. This large-scale cattle feeding operation shows how raising cattle in Indiana can be profitable when the right steps are taken. Clark and Lance Sennett credit their success to cost management and taking the right production steps.

The Putnam County portion of the tour, on July 10, includes:

• 8 a.m. Legan Livestock and Grain, 1144 W. County Road 750 E., Coatesville. Mark and Phyliss Legan built this hog operation from scratch. Their success comes from the relationships they have built with other farmers. For example, planting and harvesting machinery are shared with another individual.

• 10 a.m. McCammack Farms, 6447 S. County Road 825 E., Cloverdale. This fifth generation farm operation is now run by a father-son team, David and Clayton McCammack. Participants can explore this example of a smooth family partnership.

• Lunch also will be served at McCammack Farms.

• 1:30 p.m. White Oak Farms, 5008 E. State Road 42, Cloverdale. White Oak Farms serves as an example of a successful multi-operator family farm, which will become more common as farm sizes increase. It is run by Fred Mann and his sons, Rob, Joe and Chris. This farm provides an example of how improved drainage can contribute to farm profitability.

For more information, contact Alan Miller at (765) 494-4203 or visit the web site.

Writer: Michelle Betz, (765) 494-8402, agnews-stories@purdue.edu

Source: Alan Miller, (765) 494-4203, millerwa@purdue.edu

Ag Communications: (765) 494-2722; Beth Forbes, bforbes@aes.purdue.edu; http://www.agriculture.purdue.edu/AgComm/public/agnews/


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