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AG Profitability Conference Slated For January 24

Having a profitable farm and ranch  operation can be difficult in the 21st Century.  Farmers and ranchers face many challenges such as volatility in the grain and livestock markets, increases in production costs, a new Farm Bill, and changes in the global economy.

To help farmers and ranchers have a better understanding of these challenges, the Marshall County Extension Service will host an Ag Profitability Conference.

The Ag Profitability Conference will be held on Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at the Marysville American Legion (310 N. 19th).  The conference will start at 9:30 A.M. with registration, and will conclude by 2:30 P.M.

Topics and speakers from the K-State Agricultural Economics Department will be:

•     Beef and Cattle Economic Market Outlook by Glynn Tonsor

•     Crop Insurance Issues by Art Barnaby

•     Formulating Price Forecasts Using Readily Available Information by Glynn Tonsor

•     Grain Market Situation & Outlook by Dan O’Brien

•     Update on the 2012 Farm Bill by Troy Dumler

The registration fee is $10.00 per person or $15 at the door and reservations are requested by Thursday, January 19, 2012.  The fee is to cover the cost of meals and materials.  Checks are to be made payable to the Marshall County Educational Fund.

If you are interested in attending this meeting, call the Marshall County Extension Office at (785) 562-3531 or E-mail Michael Vogt at Mvogt@ksu.edu.  Please pre-register by Thursday, January 19, 2012, so we may know how many lunches to prepare

If you want to learn how to manage some of the challenges in agriculture, you will want to make plans to attend the Ag Profitability Conference on January 24 at the Marysville American Legion.

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