Farmers and landowners perhaps can get a better handle on the market next month by attending the AgEngage land value and leasing conference in Central Illinois.
The event will be Wednesday, Nov. 7, at the Decatur Conference Center and Hotel.
“Higher grain prices, better income prospects, better balance sheets and cash reserves, investment opportunities, the desire for more income, sentimental desires for land ownership, and farm efficiency are the basis of higher land prices,” said Joel Hertz, chairman of the board emeritus of Hertz Farm Management and Real Estate Services.
“Land values are not the driver of the farm economy,” he continued. “They are a result of the farm economy and national economy.”
Hertz will be one of 15 national and regional speakers at the conference. David Oppedahl, ag economist for the Chicago Federal Reserve Bank, and ag economists from the University of Illinois and Purdue University also will be among the featured speakers.
Special sessions will begin at 9 a.m., and the conference will conclude at 3 p.m. An early-bird registration fee of $85 is good until Oct. 28.
For more information or to register, go to the website: www.AgEngage.com