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.

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. Anderson is a native of south-central Nebraska. 

Todd HultmanTodd 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.

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.

Gregg Hillyer, The Progressive Farmer editor-in-chief, lives in St. Louis, Missouri. Before coming to The 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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