Not so long ago, families operated relatively small farms, and a farm of many hundreds of acres was considered a large operation. Today, an ag producer has to be much larger as the economies of scale dictate his or her standard of living; it’s not uncommon to encounter farmers working thousands of acres. The level of sophistication to keep pace has escalated dramatically.
But farming like this also demands smarts. Lots of smarts. Today’s producer is an economist, a broker, a banker, a transportation company and a very, very busy professional. Staying on top of the latest trends and innovations will ensure that he or she is able to keep pace with the rapid change facing the life of the 21st century farmer. At one time, attending conferences and seminars was viewed as a luxury or a nice to-do kind of thing. Not anymore. Professional development is the only way a farmer can keep a finger on the pulse of this dynamic industry and not neglect their business.
South Central College, the most respected name in Agricultural education in southern Minnesota, is embarking on a program to address the needs of the modern ag producer. Taking their cues from other top-flight national conferences, SCC will be hosting its tenth annual Agricultural Symposium on January 30, 2018.
Titled “New Tools for New Rules”, the conference will address highly relevant topics facing the modern producer.
And unlike other professional development seminars where the event’s profits go to the promoter, all net proceeds from New Tools will benefit student scholarships and agricultural programs at South Central College as well as the college’s non-profit Foundation. This will provide resources for ag-related scholarships, purchase state-of-the-art lab and instructional equipment, and more.
The South Central College North Mankato Campus Foundation is providing veterans with complimentary tickets for a one-time guest attendance to the Ag Symposium. For veterans, the Ag Symposium will provide a special opportunity to learn about agriculture, network with industry partners about career opportunities and employment needs and visit with SCC faculty about their AgSPARK and Farm Business Management programs.
Veterans wishing to sign up for the Ag Symposium as a complimentary guest should call 507-389-7446 to pre-register by January 29, 2018 and provide their veteran status card or a dd214 form establishing official status when checking in at the event. Pre-registration would be appreciated, but walk-ins are also welcome.