Schedule

All Sessions

January 18, 2018

7:00  -  9:00

Coral Ballroom

January 18, 2018

9:00  -  10:00

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.

January 18, 2018

10:00  -  11:00

TBD

January 18, 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 pressure might impact your farm in 2018.

January 18, 2018

12:00  -  1:00

Oakdale Ballroom

January 18, 2018

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.

January 18, 2018

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.

January 18, 2018

3:15  -  3:30

Oakdale ballroom foyer

January 18, 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

January 18, 2018

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 Mutual Hail.

January 18, 2018

6:00  -  7:15

Oakdale ballroom foyer

Networking

Cash bar

January 18, 2018

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 at any Farm Futures event you will hear the inside story of Culver’s commitment to agriculture and the American farmer from one of the food industry’s leading players.

January 19, 2018

6:30  -  8:00

Oakdale Ballroom

January 19, 2018

8:00  -  12:00

January 19, 2018

8:00  -  9:15

Coral Ballroom AB

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.

January 19, 2018

8:00  -  9:15

Coral Ballroom C

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.

January 19, 2018

8:00  -  9:15

Coral ballroom DE

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.

January 19, 2018

9:15  -  10:15

Coral Ballroom AB

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?

January 19, 2018

9:15  -  10:15

Coral Ballroom C

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.

January 19, 2018

9:15  -  10:15

Coral ballroom DE

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?

January 19, 2018

10:45  -  12:00

Coral Ballroom AB

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.

January 19, 2018

10:45  -  11:45

Coral Ballroom DE

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.

January 19, 2018

10:45  -  12:00

Coral Ballroom C

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 simple concepts that will have people wanting to come work for you.

January 19, 2018

12:00  -  1:00

Networking lunch

Enjoy a focused discussion of hot topics for your farm.

January 19, 2018

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 other family members transition into lead manager roles.

January 19, 2018

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.

Thursday, January 18

January 18, 2018

7:00  -  9:00

Coral Ballroom

January 18, 2018

9:00  -  10:00

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.

January 18, 2018

10:00  -  11:00

TBD

January 18, 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 pressure might impact your farm in 2018.

January 18, 2018

12:00  -  1:00

Oakdale Ballroom

January 18, 2018

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.

January 18, 2018

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.

January 18, 2018

3:15  -  3:30

Oakdale ballroom foyer

January 18, 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

January 18, 2018

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 Mutual Hail.

January 18, 2018

6:00  -  7:15

Oakdale ballroom foyer

Networking

Cash bar

January 18, 2018

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 at any Farm Futures event you will hear the inside story of Culver’s commitment to agriculture and the American farmer from one of the food industry’s leading players.

Friday, January 19

January 19, 2018

6:30  -  8:00

Oakdale Ballroom

January 19, 2018

8:00  -  12:00

January 19, 2018

8:00  -  9:15

Coral Ballroom AB

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.

January 19, 2018

8:00  -  9:15

Coral Ballroom C

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.

January 19, 2018

8:00  -  9:15

Coral ballroom DE

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.

January 19, 2018

9:15  -  10:15

Coral Ballroom AB

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?

January 19, 2018

9:15  -  10:15

Coral Ballroom C

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.

January 19, 2018

9:15  -  10:15

Coral ballroom DE

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?

January 19, 2018

10:45  -  12:00

Coral Ballroom AB

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.

January 19, 2018

10:45  -  11:45

Coral Ballroom DE

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.

January 19, 2018

10:45  -  12:00

Coral Ballroom C

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 simple concepts that will have people wanting to come work for you.

January 19, 2018

12:00  -  1:00

Networking lunch

Enjoy a focused discussion of hot topics for your farm.

January 19, 2018

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 other family members transition into lead manager roles.

January 19, 2018

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.