STAPLES -- The 14th annual Farm Forum, "Current Issues in Agriculture," featured marketing, tax information, weather and government program updates.
The event, sponsored by the Farm Business Management program at Central Lakes College and several partners, was held last Thursday in the Assembly Room on the Staples campus of CLC.
Joe Birmingham, president of the college, was among those who welcomed about 50 guests for the five-hour program. Others from CLC provided an overview of educational programs designed for those involved with agriculture. They included Norm Krause, director of the Central Lakes Ag Center, and Bob Rick, an instructor in the Farm Business Management program.
Keith Porter and Charles Mayer, certified public accountants with Beinhorn, Porter and Mayer Ltd., discussed year-end tax planning hints.
Mark Breneman, a certified financial planner with First Integrity Bank, presented "Common Sense Matters," a discussion on the risks of markets and investing.
Elwin Taylor of Iowa State University addressed climate issues in his talk, "Managing Weather Risks in Production and Marketing." He is an extension climatologist in Ames, Iowa.
A representative from Congressman Collin Peterson's office concluded the event with an update on the federal farm program.
Co-sponsors included First Integrity Bank, Staples, the Central Lakes Ag Center, and the University of Minnesota Extension Service, Wadena County.
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