Upcoming Meeting

2015 Farmland Forum

February 07, 2015
8:00 AM to 2:30 PM

Wietendorf Agricultural Education Center
17840 Laraway Road
Joliet, IL 60433

The Farmland Forum will be held at the Weitendorf Agricultural Education Center in Joliet on Saturday, February 7, 2015.

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Registration is now open for the 2015 Farmland Forum scheduled for Saturday, February 7 at Joliet's Weitendorf Ag Education Center beginning at 8 a.m. that features a variety of educational sessions in addition to a diverse blend of exhibitor booths.

Event brochures containing descriptive information for our 17 breakout session topics have been mailed to members and past event attendees.  Check out our You Tube Channel for brief videos describing session content!

For more information contact Farmland Forum co-chairs Mat Rund at (217) 722-7289 or mrund@gsiag.com and Jeff Martin at (217) 792-3934. You may also contact The Chicago Farmers' Administrator, Jennifer Hendrickson, at  (312) 388-3276 or info@chicagofarmers.org.

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“Agriculture still has a bright future ahead, even if the row crop sector has seen incomes drop in the last year. There are many opportunities for successful farmers to improve, and possibly diversify, their operations.

The Farmland Forum presented by The Chicago Farmers on February 7th will provide excellent sessions on a wide array of farming topics and chances to network with others interested in securing a bright future for Midwest agriculture.”

David Oppedahl, Board of Directors, The Chicago Farmers


Purdue & Iowa State University College of Agriculture Deans visit The Chicago Farmers

Dr. Jay Akridge, dean of the College of Agriculture at Purdue University (left), and Dr. Wendy Wintersteen, dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University (right), comprised a panel at The Chicago Farmers’ January 12th meeting that focused on the trends and challenges in ag education. Andy Holstine, past president of TCF (center), served as moderator.  Among the points made by the two deans during the afternoon’s discussion:

  • There is a great partnership among the ag schools in the Midwest that is not present in other countries
  • Both schools have high records of placement for the graduates
  • Students have a wider variety of ag related job opportunities today than they did in the past
  • Female enrollment has increased in agriculture with both schools reporting nearly a 50/50 split between the genders
  • The student bodies are more diverse with more Hispanic and black students than in the past
  • The nation is failing to invest more funds in agriculture, science and technology research. This will have a negative impact on the schools’ ability to attract students and produce scientists, and ultimately the competitiveness of the industry
  • Consumers have to be better informed about the science of agriculture and food  and the value science brings to the table
  • Both schools are focusing on developing students’ entrepreneurial interests
  • There is a greater focus on multi-disciplinary programming, e.g., students from ag education programs move easily into the MBA programs


2015 International Year of Soils

Click USDA Press Release to learn more about this global effort to highlight the importance of soil. 


2015 International Study Tour

The Chicago Farmers' spring 2015 study group is off to The Netherlands departing from Chicago on April 19 and returning on April 26.  The tentative itinerary includes visits to a Monsanto Vegetable Seeds Division facility, mushroom farm, greenhouse of strawberries, dairy cattle farm, indoor food market, an oyster and mussels farm and tulip fields.  Travelers will see Amsterdam, Rotterdam, the Zeeland region and the Hague.

For more information contact us at 312-388-FARM.


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