New Conference Aimed to Educate Current and Future Farmland Owners

Farmland Conference

Aug 17, 2023

University of Illinois Extension, in conjunction with Illinois Central College (ICC), will host the 2023 Farmland Owners Conference to help landowners and family members learn how to best manage their farmland.

Topics covered at the conference, scheduled from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 20 at ICC in East Peoria, will range from financial management and grain marketing to field crop production.

Kevin Brooks, Illinois Extension Farm Business Management and Marketing Educator Serving in the Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Unit.

“In addition to those who currently own farmland, the program will be very helpful to those who will inherit farmland in the future,” stated Kevin Brooks, Illinois Extension farm business management and marketing educator serving in the Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Unit. “The speakers and topics we have lined up are also beneficial for farmers who are tenants, as well as family members of the farmers and/or landowners who are new to the family and world of agriculture.”

Some speakers and topics include:

  • Scott Halpin, state director of Illinois Farm Service Agency (FSA), FSA programs and documents for landowners
  • Doug Yoder, COUNTRY Financial crop agency manager, crop insurance
  • Pete Fandel, ICC agriculture professor, soil fertility
  • Matt Montgomery, former Illinois Extension educator and currently known as “The Short Bald Agronomist” with Pioneer, new technology and information management
  • Don Meyer, Loranda Group, land values and auctions

“These are just a few of the high-level speakers who will present at the conference,” Brooks said. “They are coming from government agencies and agriculture businesses from throughout Illinois and will be covering topics that range from legal aspects of owning farmland to best management practices.”

Space is limited and registration is expected to reach capacity quickly. Additional details are available online,

The $65 registration fee includes lunch. To request a reasonable accommodation, contact Kevin Brooks at (309) 543-3308 or

Original Article by FarmWeekNow