reception.2_4860Networking rates very high on our evaluations. Ag Summit participants rave about the valuable connections they make during the social events at the conference. Please join us Sunday, December 8 from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. for the Welcome Reception with ag’s most awarded editorial team at the Fairmont, Moulin Rouge theater, Lobby level. Join us after you check-in, meet fellow Ag Summit attendees, as well as DTN and the Progressive Farmer staff members.

Profit Session DSC_0366Monday morning plan to join us at 7:30 a.m. for registration in the Cuvee Room and a continental breakfast in the Moulin Rouge theater both on the Lobby level along with the Early Bird Profit Sessions. The Profit Sessions are geared to give you a sneak peek at cutting-edge technologies and strategies designed to bolster your profit margins in 2019 and beyond, compliments of Ag Summit sponsors.


  Sunday, December 8 – Optional, pick one
 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Young Farmers & Ranchers Working Successfully with Multi-Generations, Don Tyler, Beck Ag

Agriculture of Tomorrow 

  • What's Blockchain and What Does it Mean for Ag Retailing?  Tanner Ehmke, CoBank Knowledge Exchange 
  • Grain Marketing Tools  DTN Institute Training Session, Richard Weismann, Instructor - Derivatives, Risk Management & Technical Analysis, DTN
  • DTN AgriBusiness Technology and Agriculture PanelJames Heneghan, Gro Intelligence, Pat Christie, Conservis
 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Early Bird registration and welcome reception with ag’s most awarded
editorial team and the faces of DTN. Violinist, Rachael Miller.

  Monday, December 9
 7:30 a.m.1 p.m. Registration, Lobby level - Cuvee Room

 7:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. 

Early Bird Profit Sessions and continental breakfast. Moulin Rouge Theater

Young Farmers & Ranchers Breakfast Roundtables (Must preregister and be under 45 years to attend)

 12 p.m.
Lite Lunch with the Sponsors 

  1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

  1 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

  1:30 - 2:30 p.m.


 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. 

 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.

General sessions. Imperial Ballroom


Ag Outlook: Navigating an Uncertain and Increasingly Competitive Environment
Luke Chandler
, Chief Economist, John Deere & Company

Farming for Opportunity, America’s Best Young Farmers and Ranchers Panel

The Trust Edge, David Horsager, CEO of Trust Edge Leadership Institute

 6 p.m.
Dinner at Fogo de Chao

  Tuesday, December 10
 7 a.m.  Breakfast buffet roundtable discussions. International Ballroom

  8 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

  8:15 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.


 9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.


10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

General sessions. Imperial Ballroom

Marcia Zarley Taylor Memorial Lecture Series:

  • Where Growing Ag Businesses Fail: The New Normal
    Doug Tatum
    , Chairman of Newport LLC

Joining The Farmer and Consumer Conversation, Explore consumer attitudes on sustainability and what it means to your farm’s future.         Emily Johannes, K•Coe and Alison Wedig, Culver’s, Panelists

Don’t Fear The Venture Capitalist: What Outside Investment can bring to Rural America and Agriculture                                                    Matthew McKenna, Executive in Residence, Georgetown, Panelists

 11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Plated lunch for all Ag Summit attendees. International Ballroom.
Progressive Farmer – America's Best Young Farmers and Ranchers Awards and Presentation with Brenda Frketich, Oregon Farmer, Real World Views of Agriculture and Politics

  1:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

  • Navigating a Tight Labor Market: Are you facing a shortage of talent, attracting and retaining the best employees? Lori Culler, AgHires.
  • Test Your Marketing Smarts: The popular trading simulation game returns!
  • CFO For Hire: Master your farms financials. CliftonLarsonAllen
  • Succession Planning: Lance Woodbury, family business advisor, Ag Progress.
  • Makings of a Model: Dig into the Data with Gro Intelligence, their model/sources/how it works plus how DTN used their model to inform the Digital Yield Tour.
  • Create New Profit Opportunities: Farmers are starting to look for ways to add revenue streams and increase profit margins. Chris Olson, Rabo AgriFinance.
  • Building Your Farm’s Brand: Taking a proactive approach to your identity can help you not only market to potential buyers, but also potential landlords and employees. 
  • Stave Off Stress -- Agriculture is a naturally stressful career,  In this session, we'll discuss strategies to minimize stress, address it when it arises and how to identify when others in your operation may need a little extra boost. 
 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Reception with the sponsors for all event attendees.  Charlie Cruce, pianist.  Imperial Foyer

  Wednesday, December 11
 7 a.m. - 8 a.m.
Breakfast buffet roundtable discussions. International Ballroom


 8:15 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

  9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

General sessions. International Ballroom

The Reign of Rain, Bryce Anderson, senior ag meteorologist, DTN

Surviving Chronic Surpluses, Todd Hultman, senior market analyst, DTN  




    Monday, December 9, 2019
    7:30 AM  -  9:30 AM
    Young Farmer & Rancher Breakfast Roundtables
    **This event is for farmers/spouses ONLY** Farmers under the age of 45 are invited for a complimentary breakfast and Bloody Mary bar. During the breakfast there will be round table discussions led by young farmers for young farmers. This is a great opportunity to network with your peers who face similar challenges in the industry. Plus a great way to affect DTN's product roadmap. Seating is limited, so please sign up now! Any questions should be directed to or call/text 507-779-6447.
    Fee  Optional 

  • Conference Only

    Monday, December 9, 2019

    7:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    (Monday, December 16, 2019)
    DTN Ag Summit 2019
    All-inclusive conference includes materials and most meals. Bring your family, friends and neighbors! $50 per person discount applies to groups of four or more!
    Fee  Optional 

  • Optional Sessions

    Sunday, December 8, 2019

    1:00 PM  -  5:00 PM
    Young Farmers & Ranchers Working Successfully with Multi-Generations
    Many family farms now have five different cultural generations represented in their management and production team and knowing how each of these age groups operate can lead to great joy, but a lack of understanding may lead to misery.
    Fee  Optional 
    1:00 PM  -  5:00 PM
    Agriculture of Tomorrow
    Agribusinesses join us for an afternoon of education. Learn how technology is effecting the Ag of the future. Hear from speakers discussing blockchain technology, education on grain marketing in today’s climate, AI, and Data Insights.
    Fee  Optional