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By Marlana Smith
The Shelby County MU Extension Office organized the Shelby County Ag Night which took place on Thursday, February 9, 2023, at North Shelby.
A free meal was provided by Nutrien Ag of Clarence at 5:30 p.m.
Breakout session topics began at 6:10 p.m. Approximately 95 individuals spilt up in six different rooms to hear topics regarding, technology, livestock, crop science, economics, women in ag and policy changes.
For the first technology session, Mark Twain CEO Jim Lyon discussed broadband. In the second session, Justin Keay, MU Extension discussed using social media and E-Commerce platform as a tool for Direct-to-Consumer marketing and sales of farm products.
Dr. Marcia Carlson Shannon, MU gave the livestock presentation. She discussed current nutritional consideration for swine and gave an update on the MU Animal Science Research Program.
Individuals listening to the crop science presentation heard Dr. Kelly Nelson, MU discuss new conservation inlet technology and N-fixing products in the NC Region.
In the economics topic session, Benjamin Brown, MU, told individuals about market outlooks for corn and soybeans with expected input costs. Another topic Brown discussed was risk management focused: agricultural risk coverage and price loss coverage, Supp. Coverage option, enhanced coverage option, margin protection, livestock risk protection and livestock gross margin.
Addie Yoder was the speaker for the Women in Ag session. She discussed work life balance.
Representative Greg Sharpe discussed legislation update with guests.
Wrapping up the event, Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn spoke to the crowd about things happening in the department as well as a legislative update.
Concluding the event were door prizes. The event ended around 8 p.m.