Keynote Speaker

L.Chandler.smallLuke Chandler, Chief Economist at Deere & Company a position he has held since May 2017. In this position, he provides guidance, counsel, and insight on global macro-economic policy and trade developments to the company’s senior management for use in determining strategy and business direction. Chandler is also responsible for the economic, agricultural, construction, and forestry forecasts and outlooks, critical to regional and enterprise initiatives over both the short and long term. 

Chandler joined Deere & Company in 2015 as Deputy Chief Economist. Prior to joining John Deere, he served as General Manager, Food & Agricultural Research, for Rabobank in Australia and New Zealand, working in both Australia and the United Kingdom, where he had global responsibility for commodity research. Earlier, he held a management position at the Australian Wheat Board. Chandler earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics and a master’s degree in economics from the University of New England, located in New South Wales, Australia.

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David Horsager, CEO of Trust Edge Leadership Institute and a global authority on helping leaders and organizations become THE most trusted in their industry. Horsager is the:

• inventor of the Enterprise Trust Index™

• director of global trust study: The Trust Outlook™

• national bestselling author of The Trust Edge

His work has been featured everywhere from Forbes to The Wall Street Journal. He has taken the platform on six continents and advised everyone from IBM, Toyota and global governments to the New York Yankees and FedEx. 

Horsager will challenge 2019 DTN Ag Summit attendees to think about the importance of trust as agriculture continues to change in the way we farm, what we farm, and who we do business with.

Doug Tatum 19Doug Tatum, Chairman of Newport LLC, a national partnership of CEOs and senior executives who advise emerging middle market companies and assist private equity firms to invest in and grow portfolio companies.

He is also a member of the Teaching Faculty at the Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship at Florida State and Advisory Board Chairman for the Business Dynamics Research Consortium at the University of Wisconsin.

Doug is the Managing Director of TIP Seed Fund LLC, a newly formed seed stage VC fund with investments and investment rights in a diversified portfolio of companies with unique and proprietary products in the consumer, high-tech, and nutraceutical to pharmaceutical marketplaces.

Doug is the author of No Man's Land: Where Growing Companies Fail, a leading text about growth companies that has been translated into several languages and has won four National Best Business book awards.  His insights about the economy and business have been cited in hundreds of media outlets including Inc. Magazine, The Financial Times, and The New York Times online.

MattMcKennaMatt McKenna, Executive in Residence, Georgetown University McDonough School of Business, Mckennais also a Partner with Open Prairie and leads the Rural Opportunity Initiative.  He represents Open Prairie as a member of the Board of Directors for Green Dot Bioplastics.  Matt has over 35 years of experience in working with companies and developing strategies to enhance shareholder value.  Prior to joining Open Prairie, Matt served as a Senior Advisor to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and was responsible for launching a variety of public-private partnership initiatives focused on bringing capital to rural America, including the Rural Infrastructure Opportunity Fund and the Rural Business Investment Opportunity Initiative.

Speaker Bios

bryceBryce Anderson, Senior Agriculture Meteorologist Bryce Anderson has brought in-depth analysis and forecasts on agricultural weather and market impact to DTN readers in the U.S. and worldwide for more than 20 years. His daily weather commentaries, videos, blogs and Progressive Farmer magazine articles are widely read and watched. Anderson is a frequent guest on ag media for articles and programs. His speaking schedule includes presentations at producer conferences and farm shows.

pat-christiePatrick Christie, Founder, Board of Directors, EVP, Sales & Business Development, has over 20 years of experience in technology development and consulting. Prior to Conservis, he was Executive Vice President of WAM!NET and helped deliver over $1.6 billion of network services under contract with the U.S. Navy. He was also President of Cybernet Systems, a highly profitable technical systems integration firm that generated over $6 million in the U.S.


EhmkeTTanner Ehmke, manager of CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange Division, which provides market and industry research on sectors affecting the rural economy, including grains, oilseeds, biofuels and farm supply; animal protein; dairy; specialty crops; and power, energy and water. Prior to joining CoBank in 2015, he marketed seed for his family’s seed company in western Kansas, where his family has farmed since 1885.

Ehmke previously was a commodities analyst at an agricultural market research and advisory firm in Chicago, a commodity markets reporter for Dow Jones at the Chicago Board of Trade, and an agricultural journalist covering crop production and farm business management. He continues to maintain an active role in farming today. Ehmke holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics and a master’s degree in agricultural business, both from Kansas State University.

Brenda_KirschBrenda Frketich, Oregon Farmer, will discuss real world views of agriculture and politics, she is past member of the Marion County Farm Bureau and is an ag advocate taking on issues such as GMO’s and environmental legislation, testifying before the Oregon legislature more than 100 times. 



James Heneghan, SVP Gro Intelligence, Agribusiness , has more than two decade career has been focused exclusively in agriculture. Before joining Gro, Jim was a Managing Director of the agricultural commodity division of Freepoint Commodities in Stamford, Connecticut. Before Freepoint he was a Global Business Manager for agricultural commodities at BTG Pactual also in Stamford. Prior to BTG Pactual, he began his career and worked for fifteen years at the multinational agriculture company Louis Dreyfus. During his time at Louis Dreyfus he worked in a variety of managerial, research, and trading roles in Wilton, CT, Singapore, and Beijing, China.

Jim has held memberships at major commodity exchanges and has been involved with national agricultural associations. Jim also owns and manages a farmland business in upstate New York. Jim has a BA in Economics from Trinity College in Hartford, CT and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Columbia University in New York City. 

Todd Hultman

Todd Hultman is Lead Analyst in charge of DTN's overall market view and manager of the DTN Six Factors™ Market Strategies. He heads up a team of five full time analysts plus a broad group of consulting analysts and market advisors.

Todd came to the DTN commodity analysis team in 2014 as grain analyst. His familiarity with DTN and its market information and outlook goes back much further, to his early days as a broker where he relied on DTN news and market quotes to guide clients. He’s worked for several brokerage houses and also as an independent broker where he created an online educational resource for futures traders. DTN subscribers can catch his view of the markets through daily commentary, his weekly "Todd's Take" column which is featured on DTN paid platforms each Friday, and on the daily DTN Closing Market Video which is posted following market closes.

Emily_JohannesheadshotEmily Johannes, Principal, ResourceMAX Director, arms food and agricultural businesses with valuable tools, plans, and analysis to increase their credibility in the marketplace. She leads K·Coe Isom’s teams to build sustainability programs for beef, dairy, pork, turkey, and grain/feed companies, enabling them to capture and report sustainability information to valued customers and the public. In addition to food companies, she advises progressive producers on using sustainability performance metrics to their advantage, responding to customer demands, opening up sales opportunities, and negotiating with key business partners.

DonTylerDon Tyler of Beck Ag will lead a pre-conference workshop on Sunday December 8th entitled: Controlling the Controllable for Farming Success.   Weather, commodity prices, rising cost of inputs, taxes, and tariffs are all out of our control, and if we aren't careful, these become agitators of the stress we feel working with multiple generations on the farm.   The stressors are real and can be used to positively move a farming operation forward.   Don will facilitate a multi-generational program that focuses on helping young farmers and their business partners operate in a successful business environment.  

Alison-Wedig-Crop-SM (002)Alison Wedig is a marketing specialist for Culver Franchising System, LLC (Culver’s), the franchisor for over 700 Culver’s restaurants in 25 states known for its ButterBurgers and Fresh Frozen Custard. She joined Culver’s in 2018. Among Alison’s roles, she helps leads the Thank You Farmers Project, which is about more than showing appreciation for the hard work of today’s farmers: It’s about ensuring we have enough food to serves our nation’s growing population by supporting ag education efforts that encourage smart farming. Additionally, Alison works on Culver’s Public Relations and Communications team.

Richard Weissmann

Richard L. Weissman, GARP ERP is a professional trader with over thirty years' experience. He has provided private consultations and training to traders and risk managers for over twenty years. Currently he serves as an instructor with DTN, where he teaches trading, derivatives and risk courses which are co-sponsored by CME Group and the IntercontinentalExchange. Weissman's first book, Mechanical Trading Systems: Pairing Trader Psychology with Technical Analysis, was published by John Wiley & Sons in 2004. His second book, Trade Like a Casino: Find Your Edge, Manage Risk and Win Like the House, was selected as a Finalist for the Technical Analyst 2012 Book of the Year Award.

lance.woodburyLance Woodbury is a Garden City, Kansas, author, family business consultant and professional mediator specializing in agriculture and closely-held businesses. Over his two decade career, he has guided many families through inter-generational farm transfers as well as mentored successors and facilitated small business peer groups. He contributes monthly columns to both DTN and The Progressive Farmer on the personal dynamics of operating farm family businesses. 

Ag Summit Editors and Moderators

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Greg Horstmeier, DTN editor-in-chief, joined DTN as production editor in August 2007. He became editor-in-chief in July 2010. He comes from the University of Missouri, where for six years he served as director of the Extension and Agriculture Information News office. Before that he was the chemicals and technology editor for Farm Journal, as well as crops editor for the Pennsylvania Farmer.

GreggHillyer_2019Gregg Hillyer, Progressive Farmer editor-in-chief, lives in St. Louis, Missouri. Before coming to Progressive Farmer, you may remember him as the editor of Soybean Digest where he edited the publication for nearly 12 years. Before that he was managing editor of Hogs Today, as well as field editor for Wallaces Farmer.  Hillyer also worked in public relations for Miller Meester Advertising.

Urban C. Lehner, emeritus vice president, editorial, joined DTN as editor-in-chief in July 2003. He became vice president of the editorial operations of DTN/The Progressive Farmer in July 2010. He is a past president of the North American Agricultural Journalists, and in 2009 was named "Writer of the Year" by the American Agricultural Editors' Association. Lehner spent 33 years at The Wall Street Journal, including 20 years in Europe and Asia, where he did stints as a reporter, editor, and executive.

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