Agriculture news: Syngenta readies for expansion of Clinton facility

CLINTON — Syngenta has slated a Dec. 11 groundbreaking for a major expansion to its corn and soybean research-and-development facility in Clinton.

Upon completion, Clinton will become Syngenta's largest corn and soybean trial site in North America.

The expansion will include a tripling in size of the soybean growth rooms; construction of new grain and seed cold storage; and increased overall capacity.

Construction is expected to begin late this year and be completed in mid-2013, according to a release from Syngenta.

The groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. at the facility at 12101 Thorpe Road in Clinton.

Champaign to host 2012 conference set for Dec. 10

CHAMPAIGN — "The Profitability of Illinois Agriculture" will be the theme of the 2012 Illinois Farm Economics Summit, scheduled Dec. 10 at the I Hotel and Conference Center in Champaign.

The summit, which includes presentations by University of Illinois agricultural and consumer economists, will be offered at four other sites around the state later that week.

Topics include: "Commodity Price Prospects for 2013," "The Impact of Biofuels Mandates on Grain and Oil- seed Markets," "Crop Insurance Updates for 2013" and "Impacts of Proposed Changes in the 2012 Farm Bill."

The summit runs from 7:45 a.m. to 1:10 p.m. The advance registration fee of $65 includes materials, refreshments and lunch. Registration at the door will be $75, as space permits.

The conference website, which has a link for online registration, is http://www.farmdocdaily.illinois.edu/2012IFES.

Bi-state crop-management conference set for Dec. 11

COVINGTON, Ind. — Speakers from the University of Illinois and Purdue University will be featured at a crop-management conference Dec. 11 at the Beef House Restaurant near Covington, Ind.

UI crop specialist Fred Below will discuss high-yield corn, and Purdue soybean specialist Shaun Casteel will review this year's soybean crop.

UI entomologist Mike Gray will ad- dress resistance, and Purdue Exten- sion educator Dan Ritter will discuss fertilizer application regulations.

The conference begins at 9:15 a.m. EST. After lunch, Illinois state climatologist Jim Angel and Purdue agricultural economist Corinne Alexander will give weather and market outlooks.

Cost for the program and lunch is $20, payable at the door. Registration is required by contacting Phil Cox at the Vermillion County, Ind., Extension office at 765-492-5335 or cox119@purdue.edu by Dec. 6.

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