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Monday, November 18, 2013

Great Lakes Crop Summit


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Natalie Rector
Nov. 15, 2013 Phone: (517) 668-2676

Inaugural Great Lakes Crop Summit brings latest agronomic and business information to farmers Ag experts will address corn, soy, wheat issues and latest techniques
LANSING, Mich. -- The tools of a farmer’s trade go far beyond just tractors, combines and other physical implements to help their farming operations. Knowledge and experience are also key components in building a successful business, including ongoing education to help stay on top of the latest issues, information and available resources.

Join your farmer neighbors from around the state at the inaugural Great Lakes Crop Summit to learn more about the latest agronomic and business information to help in your farm’s success. Researchers and industry speakers from around the Midwest will hold sessions addressing corn, soy and wheat issues as well as important general production techniques.

The Great Lakes Crop Summit, a collaborative effort of the Michigan corn, soy and wheat check-off programs, will take place on January 22 and 23, 2104 at FireKeepers Hotel & Casino in Battle Creek.

The GLCS is specially designed to connect producers with research and industry experts to improve farm profitability and the strategic position of the Great Lakes corn, soybean and wheat industries.

“This is a great opportunity for our state’s leading corn, soybean and wheat growers to learn the most up-to-date industry information to help their farming operations,” said Jim Zook, Executive Director of the Corn Marketing Program of Michigan. “We will feature sessions and speakers focused on communicating agronomic research and information about marketing, resource management, production economics, and the direction of Michigan’s corn, soybean and wheat industries.”

The agenda includes researchers from four universities and several top-notch private consultants from across the Midwest.

“Our goal is to provide a variety of crop-specific sessions to assist growers in their main areas of production as well as general sessions targeting topics such as climate change, irrigation and social media,” said Jody Pollok-Newsom, Executive Director of the Michigan Wheat Program.

Farmers can earn farm credits as well, including 12 Restricted Use Pesticide credits and 10 Certified Crop Advisor credits.

“We will be covering a wide variety of topics so we are encouraging growers to bring their farming partners and family members to cover the numerous concurrent sessions,” said Tim Boring, Research Coordinator for the Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee.

The GLCS will also feature keynote speakers and a farm trade show, as well as a commodity executives panel with national corn, soy and wheat leaders, including Rick Tolman, CEO of the National Corn Growers Association; John Becherer of the United Soybean Board; and Jim Palmer from the National Wheat Program.

Registration for the two-day conference is $125 by January 8. Additional farm and family registrants are $100. Complete details and registration information can be found at www.GreatLakesCropSummit.com or by calling (517) 668-2676.


The Great Lakes Crop Summit is the annual convention and trade show hosted by The Michigan Wheat Program, The Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee and the Corn Marketing Program of Michigan.