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May 30, 2007

Farm Management Tour to showcase Kosciusko County agriculture

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The 2007 Indiana Farm Management Tour, scheduled for June 26-27, will showcase four farms in Kosciusko County.

"The Farm Management Tour gives people an opportunity to visit very successful Indiana farms and agribusinesses to learn about management directly from the business operators. It is an excellent way to learn about the opportunities and challenges currently faced by Indiana agriculture," said Alan Miller, Purdue University farm management specialist.

The agricultural economy is changing rapidly as a result of biofuels development in the United States. The 75th annual Farm Management Tour highlights producers who are adapting to the changing agricultural economy. The event is free, but lunch on June 27 costs $5.

The tour schedule is as follows:


Tuesday, June 26

* Lunch and registration will be on the Sam Beer Farm Inc. in Milford. Lunch will begin at noon and is free, but pre-registration is required. Sam Beer Farm is a medium-sized farrow-to-finish operation managing to maintain profitability and growth opportunities in the biofuels market. An interview will start at 1 p.m., followed by mini-tours at 1:45 p.m.

* The event will then move to the Tom Farms LLC in Leesburg. The farm includes seed corn, soybeans, tomatoes, national trucking services, and custom agronomic services. The operation is positioned for the future with 16,000 acres in the U.S. and Argentina. An interview will start at 3 p.m. and mini-tours start at 3:40 p.m. Other speakers will include Ted Crosbie, head of Monsanto's Global Breeding Program, and Andy Miller, director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture.


Wednesday, June 27

* Milk and donuts will be provided at 7:30 a.m. on the Gingerich Dairy Farm of Milford. Gingerich Dairy Farm is focused on reproductive technologies including the use of sexed semen with heifers and selected crossbred cows. An interview will start at 8 a.m., followed by mini-tours at 8:40 a.m.

* Bishop Farms of Leesburg provides an opportunity to learn about the economics of irrigation, raising specialty crops, the challenges of grain marketing and the economics of investing in grain storage. An interview will start at 10 a.m. and mini-tours start at 10:40 a.m.

* Lunch will be at the Clunette Elevator at noon and will cost $5 per person. A tour of Clunette Elevator will begin with an interview at 12:30 p.m., and mini-tours will start at 1:15 p.m. Chris Hurt, Purdue Extension agricultural economist will give an update of the market outlook for grains, soybeans and livestock at 2:30 p.m.

Individuals must pre-register for the lunches provided by the Sam Beer Farm and the Clunette Elevator by June 18 by calling (888) EXT-INFO or by calling the Purdue Extension Office in Kosciusko County, at (574) 372-2340.

The tour is sponsored by Purdue Extension, Purdue’s Department of Agricultural Economics and the Indiana Farm Management Association.

Writer: Elizabeth Fritz, (765) 494-8402,

Source: Alan Miller, (765) 494-4203,

Ag Communications: (765) 494-2722;
Beth Forbes,
Agriculture News Page

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