January 18, 2022

Calendar: Top Farmer Conference

The Purdue University Top Farmer Conference will be held online from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. EST Jan. 7.

The Top Farmer Conference features faculty and staff experts from the Purdue Center for Commercial Agriculture who will discuss agriculture’s future and how you can position your farm to be successful in the years ahead.

The 2022 Top Farmer Conference will be held virtually again this year due to the ongoing pandemic. Registration is $50 and includes access to the live conference, video recordings and presentation slide decks. Registered participants will receive an email with a link to join the conference live prior to the start of the conference. Conference video recordings and slide deck presentations will only be available to registered participants.

For more information and to register, visit tinyurl.com/mryawnf2.

Quilters to meet

ANGOLA, Ind. — Steuben County Monday Quilters will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. EST Jan. 3 at the Steuben County Extension office, 317 S. Wayne St., #1A, Angola.

For more information, contact Linda Bidlack at 260-668-1000, ext. 1400, or lbidlack@purdue.edu.

Area 10 Beef Meeting Jan. 4

PLYMOUTH, Ind. — The Indiana Beef Cattle Association and Purdue Area 10 Beef Meeting will be at 7 p.m. EST Jan. 4 at Christos Banquet Center, 830 Lincoln Hwy E, Plymouth.

The IBCA will provide an update on current policies and programs, and the Purdue University Department of Animal Sciences will provide an educational presentation.

RSVP to the Kosciusko County Extension office at 574-372-2340.

Area 10 serves the counties of Elkhart, Kosciusko, Lake, LaPorte, Marshall, Porter, St. Joseph and Starke.

African violets program

African Violets and the Gesneriad Family will be the topic of the Putnam County Master Gardner online educational program at 7 p.m. EST Jan. 4.

The Zoom link is tinyurl.com/PutMG22. For more information, contact Jenna Nees at 765-653-8411, or smith535@purdue.edu.

Agriculture Economic Outlook

ROCHESTER, Ind. — Agriculture Economic Outlook will be the topic of Session 1 of the 2022 Fulton County Farm Winter School at 7:30 p.m. EST Jan. 5 in the VO-AG room at Rochester High School, 1 Zebra Lane, Rochester.

Michael Langemeier, Purdue Department of Agriculture economist and associate director of the Purdue Center for Commercial Agriculture, will discuss farm commodity prices, cash rents and land values. He will provide updates on livestock pricing, interest rates and other issues affecting farm inputs and prices.

For more information, contact Mark Kepler at 574-223-3397, or mkepler@purdue.edu.

Area 11 Beef Meeting Jan. 6

COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. — The Indiana Beef Cattle Association and Purdue Area 11 Beef Meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. EST Jan. 6 at the Whitley County Ag Museum, 680 W. Squawbuck Road, Columbia City.

Register by calling the Whitley County Extension office at 260-244-7615.

Area 11 serves the counties of Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wells and Whitley.

Connecting with Cultures

China: The Oronqen People will be the focus of the Jan. 6 4-H Connecting with Cultures & Continents online workshop.

The presentation on the indigenous culture will include a cultural art/craft, and a food/drink recipe to make.

The workshop will be be from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. CST via Zoom. You will receive the Zoom meeting link upon registration. Cost is $10 and will include supplies to be picked up at the Monroe County Extension office, 901 Illinois Ave., Waterloo, Illinois; or the Madison-St. Clair County Extension office, 1606 Eastport Plaza Drive, Suite 100, Collinsville, Illinois.

Register by visiting tinyurl.com/4d8yz4by.

Quilting for Beginners

LINCOLN, Ill. — Create a twin-sized quilt in the 4-H SPARK workshop Quilting for Beginners at 10 a.m. CST Jan. 8, 15 and 22.

In the first session, participants will travel to Indigo Quilt Studio, 129 S. Kickapoo St., Lincoln, for a private tour and then to Union Hall to begin cutting quilts. You can buy your supplies at the quilt studio or bring them with you. You will need 1 yard of dark fabric and 1 yard of light fabric, a cutting mat, rotary cutter, and a sewing machine (if you have one). In the second and third sessions, sew along with the teacher from home via Zoom.

Register at forms.illinois.edu/sec/122177570.

Illinois Strong Couples project

Maintaining a strong relationship with your spouse or romantic partner can be a challenge. And when you need help, getting trustworthy and effective relationship support can be just as challenging.

With the launch of the Illinois Strong Couples project, free online help for relationships throughout the state is now available.

Illinois couples who are married, engaged, or have been living together for at least six months can enroll. The self-paced, six-session program is entirely online and uses the scientifically-proven ePREP platform. The program is free to qualifying Illinois couples and includes support from trained program coaches affiliated with University of Illinois Extension.

Discover if the Illinois Strong Couples program is the right fit for your relationship by visiting publish.illinois.edu/strongcouples.