LAWRENCE, Mich. — Scott Anderson, a South Dakota grain farmer and founder of CashCow Farmer, will be the keynote presenter at the Van Buren Conservation District’s annual “Farming for the Future” conference. The event will be held on Wednesday, March 8 at the Van Buren Conference Center in Lawrence. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the conference runs until 3:45 p.m. with lunch included.
Anderson is a third-generation corn and soybean farmer. To ensure financial success of the family farm, he headed to New York after college and worked on Wall Street where he sharpened his skills in the areas of commodities, macroeconomics, investment banking, debt financing, and business analysis. Anderson witnessed first-hand the financial devastation that many farmers experience when commodity markets fall and their farms stop thriving. He saw a need for new tools that would not only help farmers keep up with the rigors of farming, but create profit in a down market. Anderson will share tips to help local farmers reduce their costs and prosper in any economic climate.
“We know a lot of farmers are concerned with staying competitive,” says Conservation Technician Colleen Forestieri. “With commodity prices at a low, we wanted to bring in Scott to motivate growers to look a finances in a different way and share tools that will keep them resilient and profitable in the long run.”
Farming for the Future is an annual educational event for local farmers and is a great opportunity to learn from agricultural specialists, educators, researchers, businesses, and other farmers. This year’s breakout sessions include topics on irrigation efficiency, no-till, nutrient management, nematode management and more. Three RUP credits will be available, as well as a MAEAP Phase 1 credit. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. with coffee and doughnuts. Lunch will also be provided.
This event is free and open to the public but pre-registration is required and space is limited. Anderson will also hold a follow-up workshop on March 9 to demonstrate software he has developed to help farmers manage production and market grain. Farmers are asked to register by March 1 by calling the Van Buren Conservation District at 269-657-4030 x5 or visiting www.vanburencd.org.
— Van Buren Conservation District
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