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Location on Campus
The 2010 Top Farmer Crop Workshop will be held in the Deans Auditorium in Pfendler Hall of Agriculture. This auditorium features tiered classroom seating and a deluxe sound and projection system. Pfendler Hall is located on the south side of State Street (Indiana State Road 26), in West Lafayette, Indiana, about two blocks west of the Memorial Union. Enter Pfendler Hall from the north, in the doors facing State Street, and proceed upstairs to the Deans Auditorium, Room 241.

Registration - Because space is limited, pre-registration is essential—register now to reserve your spot. You can register by mail by printing and sending in the registration PDF; register on-line at; or by phone by calling Tom Robertson at Purdue Conferences (765) 494-7220. Refunds will be honored upon written request until July 9, 2010. The registration PDF can now be downloaded and printed.

For those attending the workshop as the sole representative from their farm, the registration fee is $300. When two or more people enroll from the same farm (i.e., husband and wife, father and son, or operator and employee, etc.), the registration fee for each of the additional enrollees is only $100. Each paid registration entitles the attendee to two meals, coffee breaks, and the opportunity to test their farm plans using the B-21 linear programming analysis. A workshop proceedings notebook is provided for each farm registering. Additional notebooks are available for $50 each.

We are offering a $100 registration discount this year to first time attendees (applies to full registrations only). Use the discount code TCFIRST when you register online, write this code on the mail-in form, or mention this if you register via phone. We encourage you to hand this brochure to a neighbor who might enjoy this program.

Onsite registration will begin at 5 p.m., July 18, 2010.

Lodging Options on or Near Campus
Workshop attendees are responsible for their own lodging arrangements. Availability and prices are not guaranteed, and additional charges and taxes may apply.

Union Club Hotel (800)320-6291, (765) 494-8913 Located on campus. Depending on room, rates range from $92-119. Free parking in the Grant Street garage for hotel guests. A block of rooms is being held until July 3; mention the Top Farmer Crop Workshop to get a special rate.

Hilton Garden Inn 356 East State Street, West Lafayette (765) 743-2100 Located approximately one half mile from campus (see map below). Free parking.

Holiday Inn Select 515 South Street , Lafayette (800) 423-1137, (765) 420-1505 Located approximately one mile from campus (see map). Free parking.

Each of the three lodging options and campus are on the Wabash Trolley line, a free bus service that runs between downtown Lafayette and the Purdue campus every 15 minutes, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays.

Other Lodging Options See the Lafayette/West Lafayette Convention and Visitors Bureau for more options:; e-mail: or phone (800) 872-6648.

We suggest the following parking options:

Marsteller St. Garage. Located one block from conference site. Permit only during the week, but open parking on Sunday. The A permit (window sticker) covering all days of the conference can be purchased for $15 (see registration form).

To get to the Marsteller garage, take State Street (Indiana Route 26) just west past the Memorial Union--stay in left lane). Turn left on Sheetz Street, go one-half block south, then turn right into the garage.

Grant St. Garage. Located just east of the Union Club Hotel, three blocks from conference. Open to the public. Parking is charged hourly, up to a maximum of $10/day. Free if staying at the Union Club Hotel.

Directions and Travel to Purdue University
The Purdue Web site has complete information for visitors to campus. West Lafayette is now on Eastern Daylight Savings Time—an hour time difference from Illinois.

The closest airport with regularly-scheduled flights is Indianapolis, about an hour's drive to the southeast. Lafayette Limo offers regularly-scheduled service to and from the Indianapolis airport, Express Air Coach offers regularly-scheduled service to and from Chicago O'Hare Airport, AMTRAK also offers service to Lafayette.

For More Information
For information regarding content of the workshop, please contact:

Bruce Erickson
Department of Agricultural Economics
Purdue University
403 W State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2056
Phone: (765) 494-9557
Fax: (765) 494-9176

Marsha Slopsema
Department of Agricultural Economics
Purdue University
403 W State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2056
Fax: (765) 494-9176

For information regarding registration, please contact:

Tom Robertson
Conference Division, Purdue University
Stewart Center, Room 116
128 Memorial Mall
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2034
Phone: (765) 494-7220
Fax: (765) 494-0567

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