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This session takes a closer look at current market dynamics and how to manage the risk they present. As we navigate 2020, grain market analyst Matt Bennett looks at some of the ways producers can improve marketing, with a calculated goal to maximize profits. Sponsored by Channel
Soil health is a hot topic. There’s a lot of talk on how to improve soil health but how do these efforts improve a farmer’s return on investment? This panel will address new technologies, production tools and initiatives that can help you achieve a better ROI while improving soil health. Sponsored by Anuvia Plant Nutrients
Covington, Farmer Mac’s Chief Credit Officer and a career ag banker, has seen and heard it all during his 40 years in the business. During this session he will share the key success factors he has identified that separate top farm operations from the rest of the herd, even in today’s challenging ag economy. Sponsored by FarmerMac
Trade wars, weather woes, thin margins: How is the next generation coping? A panel discussion will offer a closer look at the business skills and values of younger operators as they move into senior management roles on the farm. Panel moderated by Willie Vogt. Sponsored by Pioneer
The growth rate of the economy is average at best. Are we headed for a recession? Is slow growth caused by trade wars - and who is winning? Farm income has been cut in half; Can government payments fill the gap? Will the performance of the economy favor incumbents or the opposition? Will the so-called farm vote count? Professor Flinchbaugh will address these questions in his usual blunt and direct fashion. This is serious stuff so he will add his brand of humor to lighten the load.
For decades the input industry has pressed the mantra of yield, yield, yield. But is yield truly the most important objective for farmers, or is profit potential? When you shift to thinking profit instead of yield, what do you need to pay attention to? Outcome based thinking is essence of the concept of Moneyball. How can Moneyball be brought to bear in seed? Sponsored by Farmers Business Network
Iowa farmer and consultant Chris Barron will discuss details necessary for identifying the most important data points in order to make better business decisions. Some of the components include; the business vision, business structure, cost of production details, equipment utilization and efficiency, marketing principles, succession, and transition decisions. Sponsored by Farmer Mutual Hail
Savvy grain marketing can impact your farm operation profitability more than any other single thing you do. The rougher the farm economy, the higher the financial and emotional toll on the farmer. Under these current chaotic marketing conditions, practical and profitable sales of grain have taken on a new level of importance. In this session, farmers will learn about effective coping mechanisms and tools they can use to survive in today’s volatile marketing environment. Sponsored by Advanced Trading, Inc.
The U.S. trade war with China shines a global spotlight on South American commodity production. What’s it like to manage a Brazilian farm operation? We’ll hear from Brazilian farmers and farmland investors as they discuss their greatest business challenges and opportunities. Moderated by Max Armstrong, host, This Week in Agribusiness
American agriculture is influenced by talk and tweets from global leaders creating volatility and uncertainty around every corner. There will be more change in the next decade than the past 70 years. Consumers, technology, new management and culture shifts will require those in the agriculture industry to focus on business fundamentals, and a proactive management skill set. Dr. Dave will provide insight from his travels and engagements with individuals from the board room to the front lines. He will also discuss five tools of the times to navigate your business in the next decade.
Herbicide-resistant pigweed is a growing economic issue across the U.S., but there are ways to keep it from becoming a larger problem. This starts with a change in mindset from controlling pigweed to eradicating pigweed. This panel discussion will share how a balanced approach of cultural and mechanical practices, chemical control and eradication diligence can help your operation maintain clean fields. Sponsored by BASF
With 20 years of experience, Carlotta has her finger on the pulse of new health, wellness and natural product trends and the forces shaping consumer attitudes and behaviors. Discover the consumer and retail food trends that will impact how and what we grow.