Boot Camp Speakers

Curt Covington, Executive Vice President, Farmer Mac

Curt is responsible for managing the $19.5 billion ag loan portfolio as well as the credit
administration, underwriting, and client services functions for Farmer Mac, the nation’s premier secondary market for agricultural credit that was created to increase the availability and affordability of credit for the benefit of American agriculture and rural communities. Curt’s extensive experience in ag lending spans over four decades, and his passion for rural America developed at a young age on his family’s grape and tree nut farm in the farming community of Selma, CA. He earned his undergraduate degree in finance from the University of Southern California and his Masters in Agribusiness from Santa Clara University.  

John McNutt, MBA and lead consultant, LattaHarris

McNutt specializes in family business management, transition, entity planning and management information systems for farm families. He holds degrees from Iowa State University in Agricultural Business and Economics and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Iowa.  He was the first recipient of the Brian Davidson Fellowship from Harvard Business School; he holds a Certificate from the Family Firm Institute and is a graduate of TEPAP. John is a past President of the National Pork Producer Council.

Paul Neiffer, CPA, Principal, CliftonLarsonAllen LLP

Paul Neiffer is an Agribusiness Certified Public Accountant and business advisor specializing in income taxation, accounting services, and FSA planning related to farmers and processors. Paul Neiffer graduated from the University of Washington with a Business Administration Degree (concentration accounting) in March, 1983 and has also completed various upper level income taxation classes sponsored by Golden Gate University. Paul is also the primary contributor to the blog and is past president of the Farm Financial Standards Council.

Matt Bennett, grain market analyst, Illinois farmer

Matt Bennett, with Bennett Consulting, is a Windsor, Illinois, farmer and former grain elevator owner. He is Channel Seed’s grain marketing consultant and holds a Series 3 brokerage license. He brokers for and manages the Windsor branch of Bates Commodities, Inc., a CFTC registered, and NFA Member introducing broker. Matt’s analysis and commentary on the grain markets appears on various TV and radio stations across the Midwest. A graduate of University of Illinois, Matt and his wife Tiffany live on the family’s centennial farm where they are raising their five children. He owns and operates a 3,000-acre corn and soybean farm with his father while raising 60 head of registered Angus cows.