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Schrader State of the Farmer's Economy meetings will feature farm expert Don Villwock

Now that the elections are history and a new administration is implementing its approach to deregulation, immigration and trade, landowners face the challenge of adapting to new policies that may change the farm economy in uncertain ways. Farmer and farm economy expert Don Villwock will offer his perspectives on the topic in two upcoming seminars offered by Schrader Real Estate and Auction Company.

Villwock offers a unique perspective as both a farmer in southwestern Indiana and recently retired president of the Indiana Farm Bureau. He is currently serving as special assistant to the dean of agriculture at Purdue University.

“I’ll be focusing on President Trump, regulatory changes, trade and immigration, as well as the possible scenarios for a new farm bill to replace the current one, which expires in 2018,” said Villwock. “There’s a lot of interest in the new president’s promise to decrease regulations, so we’ll discuss that as well as the implications for farmers of America’s withdrawal from TPP and NAFTA. We will also address how immigration changes could impact the availability and cost of labor,” he said.

Also speaking will be R.D. Schrader, president of Schrader Real Estate and Auction Company, and Steve Slonaker, a Schrader broker and farm management consultant.

“We’ve had a great response to these sessions since we began offering them a few years ago, and we always try to help landowners better understand the current factors affecting the marketplace, as well as addressing such matters as succession and long-term planning,” said Schrader.

The first update will be at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, February 16, at the Jacaranda West Country Club in Venice Florida. The second will be Friday, February 24, at the Wellington Fishers Banquet & Conference Center, in Fishers, Indiana. Individuals seeking details or registration may visit schraderauction.com or call 800-451-2709.

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