Workshop Looks at Global Influences on Agriculture in Iowa

ROCKWELL CITY, Iowa -- The world of agriculture is influenced by many changing factors – climate, world economy and the food, feed, fuel discussions, to name a few. Iowa farmers, with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach providing relevant university research, have met past challenges.  At the workshop Mega Trends in Agriculture on March 28 in Rockwell City, ISU Extension and Outreach specialists will update farmers with current research so they can position themselves for the next decade.

“At this workshop we’ll share current information from university researchers to look at what is happening now and what is expected to happen,” said Kris Kohl, ISU Extension and Outreach ag engineer. “We’ll explore the big picture of what is happening in agriculture, look at how the Corn Belt is going to grow and what actions farmers should consider now to be in a position to capitalize on the changes.”

The program is planned for March 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Calhoun County Extension Office in Rockwell City. Program speakers include Chad Hart, ISU Extension and Outreach economist and grain marketing specialist; Tom Olsen, ISU Extension and Outreach farm management specialist; and Kohl.

The Mega Trends in Agriculture program will examine the following topics:
•    The world economy and how Iowa fits in
•    Ethanol oil and corn – the fight between feed, food and fuel
•    The changing environment CO2 – friend or foe.  Will Iowa be a winner or loser, and what can Iowa farmers do to be the winners?

The cost for the program is $30 per person or $40 per couple, which includes lunch. To register, call the Calhoun County Extension office at 712-297-8611. For more information, contact Kohl at 712-732-5056.