Understanding market volatility, profitability outlook and management challenges will be themes of the 2011 Illinois Farm Economics Summit, “The Profitability of Illinois Agriculture: Managing in a Turbulent World.”

Sessions are being held in five locations in December: Dec. 12 at the I Hotel and Conference Center in Champaign, IL; Dec. 13 at the Center for Agriculture in Sycamore, IL; Dec. 14 at the Best Western Prairie Inn in Galesburg, IL; Dec. 15 at the Holiday Inn in Mt. Vernon, IL, and Dec. 16 at the Doubletree Hotel in Bloomington, IL. Learn more and register at http://farmdoc.illinois/edu/ifes/2011/index.html.

Following an overview, University of Illinois Extension and members of the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics will provide direction on crop and livestock prospects for 2012; USDA procedures in setting crop, livestock and economic estimates; and estate planning in uncertain times.

Additional presentations will focus on agricultural returns in 2012 and beyond; new information on crop insurance; an overview of proposed changes to farm policy; and a wrap-up and lunch.

More information may also be obtained by contacting Sue Esposito by phone (217) 333-5506, fax (217) 333-2312 or e-mail sesposit@illinois.edu.