From sessions on mobile electronic devices and insurance plans, to a speech by noted farm economist Barry Flinchbaugh and former presidential candidate Gen. Wesley Clark, the Corn/Soy Expo scheduled for Jan. 31-Feb.1, is filled with a wide variety of topics.
Smart phones, tablets and other mobile devices can offer farmers great potential for on-the-spot management. An educational session at the 2013 Corn/Soy Expo highlights their use, function and availability.
The "Apps for Agriculture" educational breakout session planned for 3 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 31, during the large farm gathering that also includes pork producers at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells, targets farmers wanting to learn about computer applications.
Led by Tim Clark, Dairyland Seed district sales manager and Danielle Hammer, Alltech territory marketing coordinator, the session will be useful for farmers who already have a mobile device and those who are considering one and need more information on how to use them.
Wisconsin Corn/Soy Expo kicks off Thursday, Jan. 31, with an Early Riser Marketing Session featuring Andy Shissler, of Roach Ag Marketing at 8 a.m., and continues with a general session featuring Orion Samuelson.
Thursday afternoon at Corn/Soy Expo a variety of educational sessions present the latest crop and farm management research as well as farm succession planning, grain storage management tips and communications information.
Friday morning at the Expo starts at 8 a.m. with a look farm programs and insurance with UW-Extension Ag Economist Paul Mitchell. In the general session Barry Flinchbaugh, a professor emeritus from Kansas State who has worked on many farm bills over his tenure, will talk about agriculture and politics.
Military and political figure Gen. Wesley Clark will talk "In Support of Biofuels."
One breakout session will provide attendees with results from the Discovery Farms program, a unique program that has garnered on-farm results on nutrient management and conservation issues.
In another breakout session Seth Naeve, from the University of Minnesota will discuss a seven-state study looking at ways to push soybean yields higher.
During lunch on Friday, University of Wisconsin Band Director Mike Leckrone will energize and inspire the crowd with his inspirational talk.
After lunch, a special two-hour agronomic session will focus on preparing for the 2013 crop year. That session features Iowa State Agricultural Meteorologist Elwynn Taylor, who has kept decades of information on droughts and rainfall events for the Corn Belt, UW Soybean Specialist Shawn Conley and UW Corn Specialist Joe Lauer.
In another session Conley and UW-Madison Professor Molly Jahn will talk about the statewide initiative to document the productivity and sustainability of Wisconsin farms.
Other sessions will deal with fallout from last year's drought, issues at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, pest management in stored grain and grain storage tips, farm succession planning, the Food Safety Modernization Act and what last November's elections mean for agriculture.
The Expo also includes cooking demonstrations, a session on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Local Emphasis Program and what to expect during a Department of Transportation truck inspection.
The full Corn/Soy Expo program brochure and registration is available online at www.Corn SoyExpo.org or upon request by calling the Wisconsin Soybean Association at 608.274.7522.
Admission to Corn/Soy Expo is discounted for members of the Wisconsin Soybean Association and the Wisconsin Corn Growers Association.
The Corn/Soy Expo also includes the annual meetings of the Wisconsin Corn Growers Association, Wisconsin Corn Promotion Board, Wisconsin Soybean Association and Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board.
The event, which is co-sponsored by the Wisconsin Pork Association also features a session on what pork organizations and the industry are doing to educate members of the food chain about modern pork production.
Another session will inform pork producers about how to balance swine rations with available feeds and will cover current feed costs, substitutions and considerations for pork producers.