Millikin University in Decatur will be the host of a “global agribusiness summit” next month. Don Copeland, vice president for manufacturing with the food processing firm Tate & Lyle, is putting on the hard sell for farmers and others involved in the business to turn up at Millikin on the afternoon of March 13, to hear about the condition of agriculture from several angles.
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“We’ve got seed genetics covered, we’ve got mechanical stuff covered with John Deere, we’ve got academia covered, we’ve got regulatory kinds of things covered with the USDA. I think it’s an important event,” he said at an event promoting the summit. The Illinois Department of Agriculture and the Illinois Farm Bureau are also involved, putting together a program of speakers that will help those in large-scale agriculture anticipate the future.
There was a summit like this in Decatur 30 years ago. Tickets are $10, with proceeds to benefit the Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom program.