Virtual Farm Economics Summit scheduled

Free event features various agricultural topics


OGLESBY - The 2020 Virtual Illinois Farm Economics Summit (IFES), organized by the University of Illinois Extension and the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, will be held in December. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year the event will be virtual rather than in-person.

IFES is specifically designed for farm operators, lenders, land owners, and other agribusiness professionals. The summit will consist of five webinars, each covering an individual topic and take place on Dec. 1, 4, 8, 11 and 15. Each webinar will run from 11 a.m. to noon and will include 30 minutes of presentation and 30 minutes of Q&A.

Topics include:

  • Tuesday, Dec. 1 - 2021 Market Outlook for Corn and Soybeans
  • Friday, Dec. 4 - 2020 and 2021 Grain Farm Income Outlook with Risk and Rental Implications
  • Tuesday, Dec. 8 - Farm Program and Crop Insurance Decisions for 2021
  • Friday, Dec. 11 - Straining the Alphabet Soup: Post-election farm policy outlook after three years of ad hoc farm payments
  • Tuesday, Dec. 15 - Farmland Markets and Macro Markets

Registration is free and attendees only need to sign up once for the entire IFES series. More information and registration can be found at the conference website at

University of Illinois Extension provides outreach education and services from the College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) on the Urbana-Champaign campus. Their mission is to provide practical education you can trust to help people, businesses and communities solve problems, develop skills and build a better future. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate, please call (815) 224-0889.

For more information, visit or the Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall, Putnam Unit at (815) 224-0889.