Boot Camp Schedule

All sessions will be held in the Coralville Ballroom.


7 a.m.

Registration - Check-in


8 a.m.

Why we’re here: What you will learn today

Mike Wilson, editor, Farm Futures

Case study overview: Tools and solutions to help put your farm on the right
financial track

Moderators: Paul Neiffer, CPA, CliftonLarsonAllen, and Curt Covington, executive vice president, chief credit officer, FarmerMac
More and more farms face financial stress: tight or negative margins, weak cash flow and dwindling working capital. Our case study farm faces these issues, and more. In each case, having a better understanding of your farm’s financials could help improve margins, strengthen cash flow, and build working capital. Attendees will join our team leaders as they workshop the problems and potential solutions to help bring this farm back to financial solvency.  

How to integrate an accounting system that tells a more accurate picture of how much money the farm is really making

Let’s talk about cash and accrual accounting. – Paul Neiffer and Curt Covington



10 a.m.




How enterprise accounting system can help the farm make informed decisions that will increase profitability

When and why you might want to use managerial or enterprise accounting. – John McNutt



Lunch – Oakdale Ballroom


1 p.m.

How to work with your lender to help you benchmark your farm operation against other farms and more importantly to help you benchmark against your own operation

Curt Covington


How to properly structure your farm operation considering the new tax law

A review of your farm operation may show that some structural changes are needed. – Paul Neiffer




2:45 p.m.

How to develop a marketing program focusing on production costs to guarantee profits

Matt Bennett



Why you need to understand operating leverage and contribution margin

How these concepts impact cash rent decisions, farm growth and profitability. – Curt Covington and Paul Neiffer


Wrap up

Paul Neiffer, Curt Covington, John McNutt

4:30 p.m.

BONUS: DICAMBA TRAINING for BOOT CAMP Registrants (Optional)

2019 Dicamba Training for Approved Dicamba Formulations

2019 US EPA regulations require all applicators of Engenia® herbicide to complete dicamba-specific training even if you took it last year. This training satisfies the US EPA requirement for mandatory training to apply approved dicamba formulations on dicamba-tolerant and certain conventional crops.

Participate in the 2019 Dicamba Virtual Training to Learn About:

  • 2019 label and record keeping requirements
  • Temperature inversions
  • Spray system hygiene best practices
  • Using Engenia herbicide in a weed management system

Participants completing this training will receive a certificate following the session.

Join us for one of the following sessions: 
Training Session 1 –Wednesday January 23, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Training Session 2 – Thursday January 24, 2019 at 7:15 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. 

Please note: You must be registered for the Farm Futures Ag Finance Boot Camp or the Business Summit to participate in these dicamba training sessions. Indicate your choice of sessions when you register for the conference.

Engenia herbicide is a US EPA Restricted Use Pesticide. Always read and follow label directions. Additional state restrictions may apply. Engenia is a registered trademark of BASF Corporation.


A copy of the Farm Financial Standards Council financial guidelines will be made available to all Boot Camp attendees.