Precision Agriculture, Water Quality Among Key Topics At Farm Outlook Event

Reservations are now being accepted for Allen County’s second annual Agriculture Outlook Event from 7:30-11:30 a.m. on February 18 at the Old Barn Out Back in Lima, OH. The target audience is farmers but this program will interest agribusiness professionals as well.

The morning event features three key speakers. Scott Shearer, Professor and Department Chair with The Ohio State University will be addressing precision agriculture and what the technologies mean to productivity. Mike Mock, Senior Risk Manager with The Andersons Grain Group will speak on price and revenue risk management in the agriculture commodity grain markets. The Ohio Department of Agriculture will overview compliance with the new Nutrient Law impacting farmers in the Western Lake Erie Basin and how the state is addressing water quality impacts from manure and fertilizer runoff. There will also be sponsor exhibits.

The 2012 Agriculture Census reported 904 individual farm operations in Allen County. With over $144 million in annual crop and livestock sales, production agriculture is Allen County’s largest industry. Farms in Allen County occupy over 75% of its land base.

“So it’s only natural for the Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce to reach out to the producers in this important industry and talk about market strength, water quality impacts, and precision farming technologies,” Chamber Agri-Business Committee Chair Beth Seibert said.

Those wishing to participate in this event are required to register through the chamber office at 144 S. Main St. in Lima, or by calling them at 419-222-6045, or through their website at www.limachamber.com/ through the events calendar. The registration fee is $5 per person and space is limited to 200 attendees. Breakfast is included.

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