Session Category: Summit

Session Category: Summit

January 18, 2018

7:00  -  10:00

Coral Ballroom Hallway

Registration

• Pick up your registration packet, network and visit with exhibiting sponsors • Continental breakfast

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The battle for margin: How networks, data & transparency are transforming farmer profitability

9:00  -  10:00

The battle for margin: How networks, data & transparency are transforming farmer profitability

As farmers battle for margin through another tough year, new systems and information are being made available by networking thousands of farmers digitally. FBN Co-Founder Charles Baron will review what insights the FBN network has uncovered this year, emerging opportunities, and how farmers can improve bottom lines in 2018.

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Channel Seed Presents: Risk management with Matt Bennett

10:00  -  11:00

Channel Seed Presents: Risk management with Matt Bennett

Matt Bennett is a farmer and grain marketing consultant from Windsor, Illinois who grew up in the grain business. His family both farmed and owned a grain elevator, giving him a unique perspective on the markets. Matt shares his philosophy for risk management, his decision-making process and takes questions from the audience on his outlook.

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How financial stress impacts your business in 2018

11:00  -  12:00

Coral Ballroom

How financial stress impacts your business in 2018

Four years into a downward slide in ag commodity prices, and no relief in sight. How will the ongoing financial stress impact your farm and what can you, as a borrower, do to insulate your operation? Farmer Mac senior vice president Curt Covington leads a panel discussion as leading ag bankers share how the ongoing … Continued

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Lunch + Networking

12:00  -  1:00

Oakdale Ballroom

Lunch + Networking

Sponsored by Diversified Crop Insurance Services.

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What’s driving agriculture in the year ahead?

1:00  -  2:15

Coral ballroom

What’s driving agriculture in the year ahead?

Get ready to laugh and learn as Mike Pearson takes you on an entertaining journey, including a look ahead at the outlook for farm markets and global trends impacting these markets.

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Money matters: Inside the Fed, inflation, and interest rates

2:15  -  3:15

Coral ballroom

Money matters: Inside the Fed, inflation, and interest rates

Financial stress continues to build for some farm operations even as signs of stabilization have emerged in certain segments of the farm economy. This session will discuss recent developments in the farm economy, the state of farm finances, and risks to monitor in the year ahead.

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Break

3:15  -  3:30

Oakdale ballroom foyer

Break

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Tactics for Tight Margins: Are You ready for 2018?

3:30  -  4:30

Coral Ballroom

Tactics for Tight Margins: Are You ready for 2018?

After four years of sluggish prices, farmers must continue to examine cost structure and revenue streams. This session will help you focus on how to make changes to improve margins and profits

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Grain market outlook: Turning the corner, or rolling over?

4:30  -  5:30

Coral Ballroom

Grain market outlook: Turning the corner, or rolling over?

Bryce Knorr, Farm Futures’ senior market analyst and one of the world’s leading authorities on grain markets, will offer his insights on where markets are headed. Are they turning a corner, or just rolling over? He will discuss key areas to watch for potential game-changing developments. Bryce Knorr’s presentation is brought to you by Farmers … Continued

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Networking reception

6:00  -  7:15

Oakdale ballroom foyer

Networking reception

Mingle with the top producers on the planet and event speakers. Complimentary snacks – Cash bar (Complimentary beverage ticket in registration badge) Sponsored by John Deere

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Dinner with guest speaker

7:15

Oakdale Ballroom

Dinner with guest speaker

Can we all get along? Farmers, consumers, activists and the food industry – Joe Koss, Culver’s CEO and President – Joe Koss took over the reins of Culver’s in 2016 and continued the company’s staunch support of U.S. agriculture in its marketing activities. Not every food retailer has been so supportive. For the first time … Continued

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January 19, 2018

6:30  -  8:00

Oakdale Ballroom

Buffet breakfast

• Full breakfast, enjoy networking and getting ready for the day Sponsored by PNC Financial Services Group

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Breakout sessions

8:00  -  12:00

Breakout sessions

3 sets of courses, your choice • First set: 8:00 – 9:15 • Second set: 9:15 – 10:15 • Third set: 10:45 – Noon See course choices listed below.

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Nailing down a profit for 2018

8:00  -  9:15

Coral Ballroom A-C

Nailing down a profit for 2018

Senior grain market analyst Bryce Knorr shares his plan for pricing 2018 crops and old crop inventory still in the bin. Here’s what could work in the year ahead, along with a look back at how last year’s plans panned out.

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Seeing red: How China influences your grain, livestock prices

8:00  -  9:15

Coral Ballroom E

Seeing red: How China influences your grain, livestock prices

Dr. Wendong Zhang, extension economist at Iowa State and a Chinese native, will discuss the past, present and future of U.S. ag trade with China, as well as the new changes in Chinese ag economy such as China’s new corn policy.

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Collaborate to maximize profit potential

8:00  -  9:15

Coral ballroom D

Collaborate to maximize profit potential

More and more farms are working with other operations in one way or another. Iowa farmer and management consultant Chris Barron walks you through the pluses and minuses of farm collaboration, based on real-world examples from his own business model.

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5 technology trends that will reshape your farm

9:15  -  10:15

Coral Ballroom A-C

5 technology trends that will reshape your farm

As a long-time ag tech enthusiast and editor of Farm Industry News, Willie Vogt has covered the hardware and software of agriculture from hard iron to biotech seed. You won’t believe what he’s got in store for this session. How will these gadgets change your business?

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Young farmer panel discussion: How to grow into management

9:15  -  10:15

Coral Ballroom E

Young farmer panel discussion: How to grow into management

Young farmers face greater pressures as they prepare to manage larger operations than ever before. Illinois young farmer and Farm Futures blogger Maria Cox will moderate this important session showcasing tips for young farmers as they climb the management ladder.

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Secrets in the numbers: Benchmarking and profitable farming

9:15  -  10:15

Coral ballroom D

Secrets in the numbers: Benchmarking and profitable farming

LattaHarris, LLP CPAs and Consultants work with farmer clients and crunch the numbers to reveal real-world cost benchmarks for profitability. They will analyze the data and discuss who succeeds in farming and why. What can these benchmarks tell you about making a profit in 2018?

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Break

10:15  -  10:45

Break

Sponsored by FBS Systems.

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Learn the leading indicators of a financially healthy farm operation

10:45  -  12:00

Coral Ballroom A-C

Learn the leading indicators of a financially healthy farm operation

With tight margin pressure farmers must learn to use financial indicators to keep their business going in the right direction. University of Illinois ag economist and former ag lender Paul Stoddard helps guide this important discussion.

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How to develop an effective farm board

10:45  -  11:45

Coral Ballroom D

How to develop an effective farm board

As farmers begin transitioning from operations management to board chair/mentor roles, how should the farm’s board be structured? Who sets policies? Get help on this important farm function from rancher and consultant Dick Wittman, who will share tips from his own experiences.

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How to be a great boss

10:45  -  12:00

Coral Ballroom E

How to be a great boss

People drive success on the farm. Yet, farmers tell us one of their biggest worries for the future is finding and keeping quality employees, especially as farms grow. What’s the best way to find, hire and keep the right people on your farm? How do you set compensation, bonuses, or non-cash job perks? Learn the … Continued

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Networking lunch

12:00  -  1:00

Networking lunch

Enjoy a focused discussion of hot topics for your farm.

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Up close and personal: Dick Wittman shares his own farm transition story

1:00  -  2:00

Coral Ballroom

Up close and personal: Dick Wittman shares his own farm transition story

For years Dick Wittman has been helping farmers solve problems associated with passing the farm to the next generation. Now, in a never-before-seen presentation, he will share the challenges of implementing his own advice working through transition on his own farm. You’ll hear the pluses and the negatives in intimate detail as his daughter and … Continued

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The inside scoop on ag trade, policy, and the Farm Bill

2:00

The inside scoop on ag trade, policy, and the Farm Bill

2018 promises to be a pivotal policy year for U.S. agriculture. Informa policy analyst Roger Bernard discusses the next farm bill, trade and energy issues to watch for on Capitol Hill.

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