Ivy Tech Kokomo Region sets seminar series on relevant topics in agriculture

Kokomo Grain partnering on 10 free seminars to be offered throughout region

KOKOMO, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College is again partnering with Kokomo Grain to present free seminars on relevant topics in agriculture, expanding in 2015 to 10 sessions and adding Tipton County to Howard, Miami and Cass counties where the sessions were held in 2014.

The weekly series begins Tuesday, Jan. 6, and will include three sessions at Ivy Tech Community College Logansport, three sessions at the Kokomo Event & Conference Center, two sessions at Ivy Tech’s Peru Instructional Site, one at Bellar’s Place in Peru, and one at Ivy Tech’s Tipton Outreach site. The sessions will meet for from 6 to 8 p.m. for 10 Tuesdays through March 10. Light refreshments will be served.

In 2015, Kokomo Grain Co. Inc. is celebrating its 65th year in business and CEO and President Scot Ortman said the company is proud to sponsor the 2015 Kokomo Grain Ag Series to show its appreciation to its many customers in the local agricultural industry.

“The schedule this year includes some of our favorites but also new topics and sessions have been added to enrich the series,” Ortman said. “We encourage and invite people to participate in one or all of these sessions as our guest to thank customers for their patronage and to help us celebrate this special anniversary.”

For complete information on all 10 sessions, visit ivytech.edu/kokomo/professionalstudies.html. To register for session, contact Becky Burke of Ivy Tech Corporate College at 765-459-0561, ext. 233, or bburke10@ivytech.edu.

More details:

Agriculture Seminar Series, from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 6 to March 10:

Jan. 6, Kokomo Event & Conference Center

Why organic? The Ins and Outs of Going Organic

Instructors: Steve Daily and Michelle Martin, Ivy Tech Community College


Jan. 13, Ivy Tech Logansport Campus

Feeding the Crop, Instead of the Soil

Instructor: Jim Hedrick, Managing Partner, Horizon Ag Consulting LLC


Jan. 20, Ivy Tech Peru Instructional Site

Preserving the Farm for Your Family: Avoiding Tax Collectors, Nursing Homes, and Other Troubles

Instructors: Ted Waggoner of Peterson and Waggoner law firm, and Polly J. Dobbs of Starr Austen & Miller LLP


Jan. 27, Kokomo Event & Conference Center

Risk Management with Crop Insurance

Instructor: Michael Silver, Senior Grain Merchandiser for Kokomo Grain Co. Inc.


Feb. 3, Ivy Tech Logansport Campus

Safety around the Farm: It’s not just for You

Instructor: Butch Hendrix, Safety Director, Kokomo Grain


Feb. 10, Ivy Tech Peru Instructional Site

Trends in Farmland Values and Lease Terms in 2015

Instructor: F. Howard Halderman, President, Halderman Farm Management Service and Halderman Real Estate Services


Feb. 17, Kokomo Event & Conference Center

Getting Started in Farming

Instructor: Cary Mawbey, Senior Ag Loan Officer, First Farmers Bank & trust


Feb. 24, Ivy Tech Tipton Outreach Site

2014 Farm Bill

Instructor: Lisa Hollars, Tipton County Farm Service Agency, and Kerry Smith, District Conservationist, Tipton County


March 3, Bellar’s Place, Peru

Alternative Agriculture: Hydroponics, Aquaculture, and So Much More

Instructor: Thomas Daugherty, Crop Production Faculty, Ivy Tech


March 10, Ivy Tech Logansport Campus

Rotational Grazing/Pasture Management

Instructor: Dave Forgey, pasture management expert


About Ivy Tech Kokomo Region

Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region serves Cass, Fulton, Howard, Miami, and Tipton counties and includes campuses or instructional sites in the communities of Kokomo, Logansport, Peru, and Rochester. Ivy Tech serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association. For more information, visit www.ivytech.edu.
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