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Fort Wayne Farm Show back for its 17th year
FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Daily educational seminars, a display of antique tractors and a variety of exhibitors are some of the highlights of the Fort Wayne Farm Show, Jan. 17-19, according to show officials.

The show, now in its 17th year, is at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Avenue in Fort Wayne, Ind. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday; 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday; and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday. Admission is free; there is a charge for parking.

Show officials said that visitors can register for the grand prize drawing at the show. A 2006 Honda Recon ATV, courtesy of Ehlerding Motorsports, will be given away on Thursday.

An outstanding farm family will be honored for their work and accomplishments with the farm and community at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday by the Commissioner of Agriculture’s Office.

For more information about the Fort Wayne Farm Show, visit or call 1-800-347-5225.

FFA auction
In support of Indiana’s FFA Scholarship Foundation, a fund-raising auction is scheduled for 1 p.m., both Tuesday and Wednesday at the show. The auction features a variety of donated items.

Seminar schedule
Educational seminars on a variety of market, production and environmental issues are offered daily at the show. A talk by Purdue University President Martin Jischke on Thursday, Jan. 19 wraps up the three-day seminar schedule.

The programs are provided by the Northeastern Indiana Soil & Water Conservation Districts and Purdue Cooperative Extension Service. The seminars take place in the Appleseed Room, located near the main exhibit hall.

The workshop schedule includes:

•Jan. 17, 10 a.m. - Grain Market Outlook with David Kohli, market analyst, Ford & Young Futures and Jon Cavanaugh, marketing director, Central States Enterprises, Inc.

•Jan. 17, 11 a.m. - Dollars & Sense of Woodland Management with Tom Crowe, forestry consultant, Wakeland Forestry and Jack Siefert, director of Division of Forestry, Indiana DNR. Crowe and Siefert will talk about how percentage returns can hit double digits when managing established woodlands.

•Jan. 17, 2 p.m. - The Future of Federal Farm Legislation with Otto Doering, extension specialist, Department of Agricultural Ecnomics, Purdue University

•Jan. 17, 3 p.m. - Securing the Farm - Why is My Fuel Tank Empty? - with Fred Whitford, coordinator of Purdue Pesticide Program, Purdue University

•Jan. 18, 10 a.m. - Grain Market Update with Mike Swanson Ph.D., Economics Department, Wells Fargo & Co.

•Jan. 18, 11 a.m. - Innovative Alternatives for Reducing Fuel Costs in Crop Production - What Do Tillage Trips Cost You? - with Barry Fisher, conservation tillage coordinator, NRCS

•Jan. 18, 1 p.m. - Avian Influenza (Panel Discussion) with Dr. Simon Kenyon, extension veterinarian, Purdue University; Paul Brennan, executive vice president, Indiana State Poultry Association; Dr. Mickey Latour, poultry extension speciailist, Purdue University; Dr. Marianna Ash, director of bio-security and preparedness planning, Indiana Board of Animal Health

•Jan. 18, 2 p.m. - Indiana’s Efforts in Bio-Energy/Increased Hog Production with Andy Miller, director of agriculture, Indiana State Department of Agriculture

•Jan. 18, 3 p.m. - Grain and Livestock Market Outlook with Chris Hurt, extension specialist, Agriculture Economics, Purdue University

•Jan. 18, 6 p.m. - Pond Management & Liability - Protect Your Pond and Your Wallet with Bill Horan, extension educator, Purdue Extension; and Robert Knuckles, farm crop specialist, Farm Bureau Insurance

•Jan. 18, 7 p.m. - Emerald Ash Borer - The Green Menace of Indiana with Jodie Ellis, exotic insects, education coordinator, Department of Entomology, Purdue University

•Jan. 19, 10 a.m. - Grain Market Outlook with Jodi Heath, grain merchandising manager, EMP Co-op, Inc.

•Jan. 19, 11 a.m. - Purdue and Indiana Agriculture: A Partnership for Today and Tomorrow with Purdue University President Marin C. Jischke.

Published in the January 11, 2006 issue of Farm World.