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Jennings Sunday: Crop demand, growth among outlook topics


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NORTH VERNON — The annual Economic Outlook meeting for farmers will get under way at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 3 at the Jennings County Public Library.

The outlook will include thoughts and observations by Chris Hurt of the Purdue agriculture economics department. Some subjects to be examined will be demand for crops, future price speculation, future growth, inflation and interest rates.

Presentations also will be provided on three technical topics:

A discussion of pasture and forage management by Robert Zupancic, National Resources Conservation Service grazing specialist for southeastern Indiana. It will have a special emphasis on pasture and hayland nutrient management, as well as managing weeds in pastures.

Dave Osborne, Ripley County Extension director, will be featured speaker for a presentation on new state and federal regulations regarding use of mini bulk tanks.

Southeast Purdue Ag Center superintendent Don Biehle will provide practical tips on trailer and towing safety, as well as information on state regulations regarding towing of trailers, fertilizers tanks and other heavy loads commonly transported by farmers.

Applications have been made for the Pesticide Applicators Recertification Program. This includes Continuing Certification Hour (CCH) credits and Continuing Education Units (CCU). These credits and units can be used by Certified Crop Advisers or commercial pesticide applicators. There is a $10 fee for the PARP credits, payable at the meeting.

Lunch will be served around noon at the conclusion of the program.

The event is sponsored by the Jennings County Soil and Water Conservation District in cooperation with the Purdue Cooperative Extension Service.

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