Annual Farmers Breakfast will tackle key issues like tax changes, farm economy


The Community Foundation of Jackson County and Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service will serve up an economic forecast and a glimpse of the new federal tax laws at the 16th annual Farmers Breakfast.

Jackson County farmers and others from the agricultural community will hear about the economic outlook for the farm sector and recent changes to federal tax law and its implications down on the farm.

The event is set for 7:30 a.m. Feb. 21 at Pewter Hall in Brownstown. Doors open at 7 a.m. Admission is free.

Ag economist Christopher Hurt of Purdue University will offer his insights into the economic landscape for farmers, and a certified public accountant with Blue & Co. will review changes in federal tax law focused on those that might affect the farm sector and charitable giving.

Hurt is a familiar face at the annual Farmers Breakfast. He joined the Purdue Department of Agricultural Economics in 1981. He teaches an undergraduate course in livestock and meat marketing. His areas of specialty include examination of family farm market problems, pricing strategies, and livestock futures market problems, pricing strategies, and livestock futures market performance.

In extension education, he provides analysis for participation in government programs, teaches marketing principles and alternatives, evaluates the livestock industry structure, and provides price analysis and outlook of live cattle and live hogs.

Recently, Hurt has examined the factors influencing the structural changes in the pork industry and evaluated the adoption of new technologies in moderate size Midwestern farms.

Hurt has received the USDA Superior Service Group Award, an American Agricultural Economics Group award, as well as two Indiana Extension Service Awards.

The Farmers Breakfast program is free of charge and reservations may be made by contacting the Foundation by calling 812-523-4483 or by emailing [email protected].

The farm sector is an important part of our community, and the Foundation supports those involved with farming through funds such as the Bob Myers Memorial Scholarship Fund and the C.B. Hess 4-H Memorial Scholarship Fund. The Foundation also offers farmers an opportunity to donate to those and other funds that benefit the community through the annual Giving the Gift of Grain program and the annual Giving the Gift of Livestock program.

Joining the Foundation and Purdue Extension Jackson County as sponsors of the Farmers Breakfast this year are a number of area businesses and service providers involved with the farming community.

They include Premier Ag and Rose Acre Farms, which underwrite the cost of the buffet meal, allowing farmers to enjoy the breakfast at no cost.

Other sponsors include The Andersons, Aquatic Control, The Banner, B&W Agri-Products, Beacon Ag, Beatty Insurance, Bloom Bank, Blue & Co., Bob Poynter GMC, Brownstown Veterinary Clinic, Bundy Bros. & Sons, Darlage Custom Meats, Deckard Auto Sales, Donaldson Capital Management, Edward Jones, Farm Bureau Insurance, Friendship Insurance, German American Bank, Grindlay & Grindlay, and Hackman Show Feeds.

Also serving as sponsors are the Ivy Tech Foundation, JCB, Jackson County Co-Op Credit Union, Jackson County Insurance Agency, Jackson County REMC, Jacobi Sales, Kova Farm Supply, Lorenzo & Bevers, MainSource Bank, Main Trailer Sales, Montgomery Elsner & Pardieck, Newkirk Crop Insurance, Old National Bank, The Pardieck Law Firm, The Peoples Bank, and Royalty Companies.

Other sponsors are Rumpke of Indiana, Schafstall Inc., Schneck Medical Center, Seymour Animal Hospital, Smith Tire Sales, State Bank of Medora, Tampico Grain, The Tribune, Vision Financial Group, Wischmeier Trucking, and Wright Implement.

We appreciate our sponsors’ support of the local farming community, which provides valuable jobs and income to area residents, as well as the support that they offer to the Foundation and our community.

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What: Farmers Breakfast presented by Community Foundation of Jackson County and Purdue Extension Cooperative Service

When: 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21 (doors open at 7 a.m.)

Where: Pewter Hall, 850 W. Sweet St., Brownstown

To register: Call the Foundation office at 812-523-4483 or send an email to [email protected].


Dan Davis is president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Jackson County, 107 Community Drive, Seymour, IN 47274. For information about donating to the foundation, call 812-523-4483 or send an email to [email protected].

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