PLYMOUTH — Marshall County Farm Bureau and Purdue Extension are sponsoring an afternoon and evening program Thursday, March 17, on pertinent information for area farmers. The program will start at 3 p.m. with a light meal at 6 p.m. and an evening program to follow. The meeting will be held in the Marshall County Extension Office in room 304. The afternoon session will discuss wind farm opportunities and concerns and Marshall County Zoning ordinance. The evening session will be a discussion on crop production, irrigation opportunities, and new agriculture fertilizer certification rule. The evening session is approved as a private applicator recertification program.
With businesses contacting landowners about contracts for wind farms in our county, sponsors wanted to have a discussion on this topic to benefit those being asked to sign contracts and those living in the neighborhood of these proposed wind farms. The afternoon program agenda is as follows: At 3 p.m. Curt Emanuel, Clinton County Purdue Extension Educator, will provide background on wind farms, and the pros and cons of this industry to a community; 3:45 p.m. Justin Schneider, Indiana Farm Bureau Staff Attorney, will discuss the legal aspects of signing contracts, what should be considers, and who should help farmers in this process; and at 4:30 p.m. Ralph Booker, Marshall County Plan Director, will share the Marshall County Zoning Ordinances and process for a wind farm to be permitted in the county. At 5 p.m. there will be a question and answer session. From 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., those wishing to receive credit for the evening program as a Private Applicator Certification Program can sign in. Those interested should bring their private applicator license needed to sign in and the required $10 fee to receive PARP credit. Dinner will be served at 5:50 p.m.
The evening session will address irrigation, managing corn for high yields, and Indiana Agriculture Certification Rule and is as follows: At 6:30 p.m. Bob Nielsen, Purdue Corn Specialist, will share a presentation on “Growin’ Good Corn: Rocket Science or Common Sense?” the essentials for having healthy and productive corn; 7:30 p.m. Lyndon Kelly, Purdue Irrigation Specialist, will share a presentation on making irrigation pay. He will discuss where irrigation fits to enhance crop health and yields and scheduling the water for crop performance and efficiencies; at 8:30 p.m. Bob Yoder, Marshall County Purdue Extension Educator, will discuss the new Indiana Agricultural Fertilizer Rule and explain how it impacts private applicator and the commercial industry. and at 9 p.m. the session will adjourn.
To participate in this program, call the Marshall County Extension Office 574-935-8545 or e-mail Bob Yoder firstname.lastname@example.org  by Wednesday, March 16, so adequate food, refreshments, seating, and handouts will be available for this afternoon and evening program. Callers should specify what parts of the program they plan to attend and if planning to participate in the evening meal (pizza, salad, and dessert.