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[NOV. 2, 2005]  URBANA -- Illinois agricultural producers will have the opportunity to learn more about decision-making challenges in a risky environment through a series of University of Illinois Extension workshops offered throughout the state between Dec. 8 and 20.

"Farm Income 2006: A Workshop Addressing Decision-Making Challenges in a Risky Environment" will be offered in Springfield, Rochelle, Moline, Urbana and Mount Vernon.

"This is a continuation of a series we've offered for the past few years," explained Darrel Good, U of I Extension marketing specialist. "U of I Extension specialists and faculty will lead sessions on things producers can do to increase their competitiveness in today's challenging environment."

Each workshop begins at 8:30 a.m. and adjourns at 3:45 p.m. General sessions will cover Illinois farm income outlook for 2006, preparations for the new farm bill and the implications of rising input costs for crop rotations and cash rent values.

Break-out sessions include a hands-on computer session geared toward calculating production costs; financial planning and cash-flow budgeting for 2006, also using computers; the top 10 issues in agricultural law and taxation; and using technical analysis as part of a crop marketing program.

Co-sponsors of the workshops are the U of I Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, the Illinois Farm Business Farm Management Association, and the USDA Risk Management Agency.

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Dates and locations:

  • Dec. 8 -- Crowne Plaza, Springfield
  • Dec. 13 -- Hickory Grove Banquet and Conference Center, Rochelle
  • Dec. 14 -- Holiday Inn-Airport, Moline
  • Dec. 19 -- Holiday Inn, Urbana
  • Dec. 20 -- Holiday Inn, Mount Vernon

Registration is $40 and includes workshop materials, breaks and lunch. Registration at the door will be $45 as space permits. Registration can be completed online at

Registration information is also available at local Extension offices or by contacting Sue Esposito, Room 326, 1301 W. Gregory Drive, Urbana, IL 61801; phone (217) 333-5506; e-mail

[News release from the University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences]

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