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Farmers Breakfast highlights the farming economy


The Community Foundation of Jackson County and Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service will present economic outlook at the 19th Annual Farmers Breakfast.

The event will take place on February 9th at 7:30am at Pewter Hall in Brownstown. Admission is at 7 a.m. Admission is free. To participate, call us at 812-523-4483.

The event was canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but we remain hopeful that breakfast can safely take place next month.

Michael Langmeier from Purdue University will be the keynote speaker and Denise Connell from Lorenzo, Bevers, Braman and Connell will present a short program on the foundation’s work and its relationship to estate planning.

Langmeier is a professor and consulting economist in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Associate Director of the Center for Commercial Agriculture.

He joined Purdue University in July 2012. His extension and research interests include cultivation systems, benchmarking, strategic management, production costs, and technical and economic efficiency.

Most of his research focused on the efficiency of farms and ranches, and the production costs and efficiencies of crop and livestock farms. He has also conducted research related to tillage systems, biomass crops and the trade-off between crop rotation profitability and water quality.

Before joining Purdue, Langmeier worked 22 years in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Kansas State University.

Langmeier has conducted workshops and given presentations in Australia, China, Ecuador, Ireland, Germany, New Zealand, Russia, South Africa and Tanzania. He is currently involved in agribenchmark, an international benchmarking group based in Germany.

He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and his doctorate from Purdue University. His family runs farms in eastern Nebraska.

The Farmers Breakfast program is free and reservations can be made by calling the Foundation at 812-523-4483 or by email [email protected] .

The agricultural sector is an important part of the Jackson County community, and the foundation supports those involved in agriculture through funds such as the Bob Myers Memorial Scholarship Fund and the CB Hess 4-H Memorial Scholarship Fund.

The foundation also offers farmers the opportunity to donate to these and other funds that benefit the community through the annual Giving the Gift of Grain program and the annual Giving the Gift of Livestock program. We also run a light-hearted fundraising competition, the Head to Head: Green vs. Red Contest.

The Green Team is currently in the lead with 63 percent of the votes. Votes can still be cast through monetary donations or gifts of corn or soybeans. The closing date for entries is February 1st.

Joining the Foundation and Purdue Extension Jackson County as sponsors of this year’s Farmers Breakfast are a number of local businesses and service providers serving the farming community.

These include Premier Ag and Rose Acre Farms, which will cover the cost of the buffet, allowing farmers to enjoy breakfast for free.

Additional sponsors include The Andersons, Aquatic Control, BW Agri-Products, Beacon Ag, Beatty Insurance, Blue Co., Bob Poynter GMC, Brownstown Veterinary Clinic, CPC, Darlage Custom Meats, Donaldson Capital Management, Edward Jones, Farm Bureau Insurance, First Finanzbank, German-American Bank, Grindlay Grindlay and Hackman Show Feeds.

Also serving as sponsors are the Ivy Tech Foundation, JCBank, Jackson County Co-Op Credit Union, Jackson County Insurance Agency, Jackson County REMC, Jackson County Tire, Jacobi Sales, Kova Farm Supply, Lorenzo, Bevers, Braman and Connell, Montgomery Elsner Pardieck , Old National Bank, Newkirk Crop Insurance, The Peoples Bank and Royalty Companies.

Additional sponsors include Schneck Medical Center, Seymour Animal Hospital, State Bank of Medora, Surface Insurance, Tampico Grain, The Tribune, Vision Financial Group, Wischmeier Trucking, and Wright Implement.

The Foundation appreciates the support our sponsors provide to the local farming community, which provides valuable jobs and income to local residents, and the support they offer to the Foundation and our community.

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