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OVER THE COLES: Dates announced for 2019 Illinois Farm Economics Summit
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OVER THE COLES: Dates announced for 2019 Illinois Farm Economics Summit


The 2019 Illinois Farm Economics Summit meetings will be held in five locations across the state during the month of December and are hosted by Illinois Extension. While the format for the meetings will be fast-paced, plenty of time is scheduled for questions from the audience.

The speakers for the summit are from the University of Illinois Extension and the farmdoc team from the U of I Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics. They will explore topics such as the 2020 outlook for crop and livestock prices, the next farm bill, farm profitability and management topics, and the impacts of trade and policy issues at the 2019 Illinois Farm Economics Summit.

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The ongoing trade war with China, combined with one of the wettest spring planting seasons on record, made 2019 a challenging year for Illinois agriculture. “The stress of a prolonged period of low grain prices was amplified by low yield due to poor planting and summer growing season weather,” says U of I agricultural economist Scott Irwin. Irwin also says, “Producers and landowners continue to face a series of difficult management challenges as they grapple with adjusting to this highly volatile economic environment. What is the prospect for a recovery in grain prices? Should cash rents be lower? And if so, how much? What strategies can be used to weather the current tough times?”

The dates and locations for the 2019 Summit are as follows:

  • Dec. 16 – DoubleTree, Mt. Vernon
  • Dec. 17 – Crowne Plaza, Springfield
  • Dec. 18 – Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino, East Peoria
  • Dec. 19 – Faranda’s Banquet Center, Dekalb
  • Dec. 20 – I Hotel and Conference Center, Champaign

The registration fee for each location is $85 per person, but you can save $5 by registering online. This fee includes all meeting materials, break refreshments, and lunch. Register by Dec. 9 to guarantee your spot. Registration will be available at the door for $90 per person, as space permits.

Register for the event online at For registration questions, contact Nancy Simpson at or call 217-244-9687.

For more information on University of Illinois Extension programming in Coles, Cumberland, Douglas, Moultrie and Shelby counties, visit our website at or call us at 217-345-7034. The University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact the extension office at 217-345-7034. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting your access needs.


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