Allen County War Memorial Coliseum to host farm show Jan. 12-14

The 2010 Fort Wayne Farm Show will provide farmers and producers with an update on agriculture issues and the newest equipment and technology available to them.

The show will be held Jan. 12-14 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.

The farm show features both a trade show and educational sessions presented by Purdue Extension and the Northeastern Indiana Soil and Water Conservation Districts. Session topics include grain and livestock marketing, climate, wind farming, future challenges for agriculture, niche markets and pond management.

"The pond management session is something we brought back this year because it was the most successful topic that people from non-farm backgrounds could relate to," says Gonzalee Martin, educator, Purdue Extension, Allen County. Both Duane Riethman from the Natural Resource Conservation Service and Bill Horan of Purdue Extension, Allen County will speak during this session.

Martin adds, "The climate session is not only going to focus on weather and its challenges but also two different viewpoints on how commodity groups will affect agriculture in the future."

This program on Jan. 12 will feature an 11 a.m. luncheon sponsored by Indiana Farm Bureau Inc. and Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Noble, Steuben, Wells and Whitley Farm Bureaus. Topics of discussion will include cap and trade policy, carbon sequestration, bio-energy and renewable fuels. Dr. Otto Doering, Purdue Agricultural Economics Extension Specialist, along with Justin Schneider, Staff Attorney with Indiana Farm Bureau, Inc. and U.S. Congressman Mark Souder are scheduled to speak at this session.

A grain market outlook program will be offered each morning of the farm show beginning at 10 a.m. A different presenter will speak at each of these sessions.

There will be four educational sessions on Jan. 12 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Several sessions are scheduled for Jan. 13 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and a morning program on Jan. 14 beginning at 10 a.m. In addition to Otto Doering and Bill Horan, Purdue speakers include agricultural economists Corrine Alexander and Chris Hurt; Chad Martin, Extension renewable energy specialist; and Curt Emanuel, educator, Purdue Extension, Clinton County. There are many other speakers from ag-related businesses and state agencies including Joe Kelsay, Director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture.

Purdue Extension will have a booth at the trade show where visitors can learn about Ag Answers, Extension programs and grain storage. The trade show is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 12, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 13 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 14. There is no admission fee but parking is $4 per vehicle.

For a complete schedule of the educational programs, stop by the Huntington County Extension office or visit www.tradexpos.com/ftwayne/.

For more information, contact Ed Farris, agriculture and natural resource educator, Purdue Extension - Huntington County Office, 354 N. Jefferson St., Suite 202, Huntington, or 358-4826.