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Purdue Holds Farm tour With A Southwestern Flavor

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Written Tuesday, June 01, 1999  

Innovation and tradition will be showcased at the 1999 Indiana Farm Management Tour. The two-day tour, July 6-7, will visit Posey, Gibson and Vanderburgh counties in Indiana's southwestern corner.

The Indiana Farm Management Association and Purdue Extension sponsor the annual tour. Host families conduct tours of their farms and describe their production and management practices.

According to Purdue agricultural economist Howard Doster who also serves as secretary-treasurer of the Farm Management Association, the tour will feature changing styles farm management.

"Some farm managers are beginning to use a more aggressive style of management," he says. "This tour gives farmers a chance to compare and contrast their operations with those of other successful farmers. We want to give farmers enough information for them to decide which management style is best for their individual farms."

The tour begins at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday (7/6) at the Bender Farm in Posey County, which has grown to 1,500 acres since its 1988 founding.

The day's last stop, 3,300-acre Allyn Farms in Posey County, shows the effectiveness of using outside consultants and other services.

A Tuesday-evening session at the Vanderburgh County 4-H Center will feature a panel discussion on how big new employers such as Toyota affect agriculture, business, local government, and schools.

The tour resumes Wednesday morning (7/7) at the 1,800-acre Rexing Farm in Vanderburgh County. Ray Rexing will discuss urban encroachment and efficient resource allocation, among other issues.

A mini-tour of the 1,600-acre Charles and Judy Schmitt Farm in Gibson County will start at 10 a.m. It will focus on a multi-generational approach to family farming.

Lunch will feature an economic outlook session by Purdue Extension market analyst Chris Hurt.

The tour's final stop will be the Obert dairy and crop farm in Gibson County. Three equal shareholders who are family members, manage the farm. Involving all partners in decision-making will be addressed.

The tour is free and open to the public. Visitors may attend all or part of the tour. Maps are available at Indiana Extension offices.

For more information, visit the Farm Management Tour Web site at http://www.agcom.purdue.edu/AgCom/news/backgrd/farmtour.html or call toll-free at 888 EXT-INFO (398-4636).

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