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1/9/2014 2:22:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Public invited to Friday's annual corn growers seminar
GEFF - The 30th annual Corn Growers Seminar has been set for Friday in the Ruritan building in Geff.

The seminar is free and open to the public, according to Gregg Barnard, Wayne County Corn Growers president.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., with coffee and rolls. The program starts at 9 a.m. with a welcome followed by Brad Richards, executive vice president of the Illinois Oil and Gas Association. The seminar will conclude at 2 p.m.

Richards will give an update of the recent oil and gas leasing in Illinois. This topic will provide timely information about the status of horizontal drilling in the county.

Rodger Mansfield, vice president of administration from the National Corn Growers Association will discuss how to use smartphones/tablets in the agricultural industry. Mansfield will demonstrate what applications and tools with new technology are available to help producers with their operation.

Jim Razor, chief meteorologist with WSIL-TV will discuss the current weather pattern and the spring planting outlook for 2014.

A free fried chicken and roast beef dinner will be served at noon by the Ruritans. Following lunch, Illinois Corn Grower President Gary Hudson will give an update on current happenings with the State Association.

Sen. Dale Righter and State Rep. David Reis have been invited to provide legislative updates on happenings in Springfield affecting agriculture.

Kim Holsapple, grain manager/merchandiser with Total Grain Marketing, will present the Marketing Outlook. He is second in line in the management chain at TGM, which was formed in 2006 as a venture between three companies; Effingham-Clay Service Co, Growmark Inc., and Wabash Valley Service Co.

Four years later South Central Service Company joined to make this company now one of the largest non multi-national grain companies in Illinois.

This annual seminar is sponsored by the Wayne County Corn Growers and University of Illinois Extension, in conjunction with the following local agribusinesses: Asgrow/DeKalb, Bayer Crop Sciences, Consolidated Grain & Barge, Country Financial Crop Insurance, DuPont Crop Protection, Fairfield National Bank & Bean Capital Banking Center, Monsanto, DuPont Pioneer, Syngenta Crop Protection, Syngenta Seeds, Valent, and Wayne-White Electric Cooperative.


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