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Registration is open for 2014 Commodities Conference

Published: Thursday, June 5, 2014 3:40 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, June 6, 2014 8:56 a.m. CDT

BLOOMINGTON — Registration is now open for the 2014 Illinois Farm Bureau Commodities Conference. “Modern Agriculture: Connecting to the Digital Future” is set for July 30, and will be held at the Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel and Conference Center. Illinois Farm Bureau members, staff and agriculture industry professionals can all benefit from attending.

This year’s conference will feature two general sessions and multiple breakouts that focus on digital communications and tools, farm policy, market and weather trends, drone technology, trade and infrastructure priorities, farmland and crop prices and much more. The first general session with Matt Bechdol will cover “big data,” while the second general session speaker Greg Peterson of the Peterson Brothers will talk about advocating for agriculture.

“We will have the latest information on digital-driven technology issues, such as Big Data, drones and cyber-security, as well as our perennial outlooks,” said Mike Doherty, senior economist, Illinois Farm Bureau. “Additionally, we have hot topic workshops on nutrient management, global meat markets, and value added production.”

Register now through July 21 at, or by contacting your local county Farm Bureau. You can also request registration materials from Nicole Moore at 309-557-3343 or by e-mail at Registration is $35 per person and includes lunch. Registration the day of the event will begin at 7:30 a.m. at the Marriott.

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