Registration is now open for a series of December workshops to help producers address decision-making in a risky environment. The University of Illinois Extension, the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics sponsor farm Income 2005, with funding by USDA's Risk Management Agency.

"The workshop will deal with topics that are important in the current situation of volatile crop yields and commodity prices, a changing legal environment, escalating farmland values and a changing policy environment," says Darrel Good, U of I Extension marketing specialist.

This is the fifth year for the workshop. Each workshop location will include general sessions addressing farm income and commodity price prospects, corn and soybean rotations, and farm policy. Breakout sessions will address computerized decision tools, the farmland market, land use liability, 1031 farmland exchanges, and evaluation of market advisory programs.

Dates and locations are:

Dec. 9– Mount Vernon, Holiday Inn

Dec. 14– Urbana, Holiday Inn

Dec. 15– Springfield, Crowne Plaza Hotel

Dec. 16– Moline, Holiday Inn

Dec. 21– Rochelle, Hickory Grove Conference Center

Each workshop begins at 8:30 a.m. with registration, ending at 3:45 p.m.  Registration by Dec. 3 is $35, with on-site registration $40. The registration fee covers all workshop materials, breaks and lunch.

You can register by downloading a copy of the registration form online and mailing it to:  Sue Esposito, 326 Mumford Hall, 1301 West Gregory Drive, Urbana, IL 61801, or online by going to the workshop's page at:

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