Farmers face a number of challenges, from drought-related losses and economic difficulties to threats from activist groups.
And rather than tackle the various challenges individually, farmers at this year’s Illinois Commodity Conference will be encouraged to work together for the common good of the industry.
The 2012 Illinois Commodity Conference will be held Nov. 20 at the DoubleTree Hotel and Conference Center in Bloomington. The annual, one-day event brings together crop growers and livestock producers to discuss triumphs and challenges in the industry.
The theme of this year’s event is “Working Together Everyone Achieves More.”
Jody Lawrence of Strategic Trading Advisors will discuss marketing plans for a difficult year; Nic Anderson, business developer for the Illinois Livestock Development Group, will tell attendees why growing the livestock industry is important to Illinois; and Jean Payne (Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association) and Dan Schaefer (Illinois Council on Best Management Practices) will discuss good stewardship and water quality practices.
The other speaker at the event will be Coach Herman Boone, whose inspirational story was captured in the Disney film “Remember the Titans.”
The event is sponsored by the Illinois Beef, Corn Growers, Milk Producers, Pork Producers, Soybean, and Wheat associations. Participants should register with their respective commodity groups or go online to http://ilcommodityconf.wordpress.com
The registration fee is $45 per person prior to Nov. 8 and $60 after Nov. 8. The fee for students is $20.