Upcoming Meeting

"The Economics and Ecology of Cover Crops for Landowners"

October 06, 2014
11:30 AM to 1:30 PM

Illini Center
200 S. Wacker Drive, 4th Floor, Illinois Room
Chicago, IL

Speaker Dave Robison will look at the short and long term benefits, both ecologically and economically,of the use of cover crops, and how both are important to farmers and landowners.

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WELCOME TO THE CHICAGO FARMERS!

Thank you to all that attended our September 25th luncheon. We had a whopping 98 attendees! A big thank you to Dr. Gary Schnitkey for drawing such a large crowd, sharing with the Club the farm outlook and cash rents for 2015. We're looking forward to jumping into a new program year, and we're happy to see that our members are as well. 

A few announcements were made at the September meeting. Travel Chairman, Jim Ward, informed the group that the Farmers will be traveling to The Netherlands in April of 2015! George Heck stepped up to the plate, encouraging folks to make a donation to the Scholarship Fund. We also welcomed a new Visionary Corporate Sponsor, the University of Illinois College of ACES. What a way to start out the 2014-2015 year! 


 

2014 Summer Tour to Monsanto

45 farmland owners, farm operators and spouses participated in The Chicago Farmers July 18th Summer Tour to Monsanto facilities in suburban St. Louis to learn more about how this innovative company is working with farmers to meet growing global food demand, while at the same time conserving natural resources for future generations. 

The trip included a plant breeding & agronomics technology tour at Monsanto’s Creve Coeur headquarters and a biotechnology tour at its Chesterfield Village research facility.  Participants learned about seed chipping, integrated farming systems, weed management systems, and how Monsanto is developing vegetable seeds that improve the yield, appearance, taste and nutritional value of fruits and vegetables.

Lunchtime speakers included Tami Craig Schilling, Global Community Engagement Lead for Monsanto, in addition to Pradip Das, Technology Discovery Lead, who discussed technological advances pertaining to integrated farming systems and data science, which is agriculture’s next major growth frontier, that could lead to increased crop productivity and improved yields.

The day concluded with a Monsanto hosted group dinner at the St. Louis Zoo attended by Schilling, Jennifer Luchte, Sustainability Disclosure Lead and Dr. Robert Fraley, Executive VP & Chief Technology Officer.

Our thanks go to Monsanto, a TCF Platinum Sponsor, for their support of our organization and for providing the meeting & event planning resources that made this trip possible.  

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