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Agenda at a Glance

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  Monday, December 7
 8:00 a.m.  Welcome!
 8:05 a.m. - 9:05 a.m. Commodity and Food Trade in a Pandemic World, Ken Eriksen, IHS Senior Vice President, Head of Client Advisory and Development, Energy and Transportation, and Policy; Paul Hughes, Chief Agriculture Economist, IHS Markit discuss how global trade and food demand issues have become even more complicated as countries, economies and supply chains respond to the pandemic. Hughes and Eriksen will discuss the overall commodity and food landscape and how factors such as trade agreements, the changing political landscape, and the state of the coronavirus will affect the movement and prices of food and feedstuffs.
 9:05 a.m. - 9:20 a.m.
Fast 15s: Profit Sessions: Bayer/DeKalb Asgrow, Farm Credit, Progressive Ag Foundation, Growmark
 9:20 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Sponsor Break
 9:30 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.
Progressive Farmer Reader Insights Awards, Agriculture’s first research-based program that brings to life the farmer’s voice on all major equipment categories, including tractors, combines and planters. The program summarizes farmers’ experience and satisfaction with their farm equipment based on thousands of completed surveys from across the country. All winning Original Equipment Manufacturers will receive their awards!
 9:50 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.Microsoft on Ag Tech, Dr. Ranveer Chandra, Chief Scientist, Microsoft Azure Global - Data-Driven Agriculture: How cloud & AI can help reimagine the food chain from farm to plate. Dr. Chandra will discuss the future of agriculture that is data-driven, where data and artificial intelligence can augment a grower’s knowledge about the farm. This technology will help a grower be more productive, reduce costs and adopt more sustainable agricultural practices.

10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

How to Leverage Data to Improve Your Resilience - Clear Ag, Indigo and Gro Intelligence discuss how data is being employed today, and how it may be used in the future.

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Trust Edge Power Lunch, David Horsager,  CEO of Trust Edge Leadership Institute

Concluding Thoughts, Greg Horstmeier DTN editor in chief, Gregg Hillyer, Progressive Farmer editor in chief, Urban Lehner, DTN emeritus vice president, editorial

  Tuesday, December 8
 7 a.m.  Breakfast Roundtable discussions. Pick one!
 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. Power of Positive Leadership, Jon Gordon, Author. Difficult times call for leaders who are up for the challenge. Resilience isn’t a personality trait, neither is positivity. Improvement in either requires intention, but payoff can be great. Jon Gordon will explain that results are the byproduct of your culture, teamwork, vision, talent, innovation, execution, and commitment; and will show you how to bring it all together to become a powerfully positive leader.
 9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Next Gen Award Winners and Panel
 9:30 a.m. - 9:40 a.m.
Sponsor Break
 9:40 a.m. – 9:55 p.m. Fast 15: News You Can Use - Post-Election Political Outlook - Chris Clayton, DTN; More Accurate Weather Forecasts are Coming - Bryce Anderson & Renny Vandewege, DTN; Land Values & Rent Trends; 
Tax - Rod Mauszyski, CLA
 9:55 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. DTN Insights: Weather Outlook with Q&A, Bryce Anderson, DTN senior Ag meteorologist, Forecast for the 2021 growing season.
 11:00 a.m. - 11:05 a.m.
Sponsor Break
 11:05 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Progressive Farmer Young Farmer Winners and Sponsors
Young Farmer Workshop, the next generation of farmers faces a unique set of challenges as they begin their career in agriculture. Many join established family operations and seek to bring value, and to be valued. Critical skills must be learned to continue to grow a successful business. In this special workshop, three young farmers will share their experiences on how they overcame obstacles and the lessons they have learned in joining a multi-generation farm operation. In addition, a family business consultant/professional mediator will explore the importance of establishing a strong network of advisors to help you reach your goals.
 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Lance Woodbury, Build A Lasting Relationship. Developing strong relationship skills with your business partners, trusted advisors and input suppliers is one building block to a strong farming foundation. This session will focus on some of the key relationship skills that “set up” younger growers--self-awareness, negotiation, crucial conversations/conflict resolution, and the value of mentors.
 12:15 p.m. - 1:0 p.m.
Thompson Farms, Reid and Heather Thompson, Coming Home When The House Is Already Full.  Follow the Thompsons’ journey to come home to farm and how they have navigated the twists and turns by introducing innovative ways to make room for themselves with and without acreage growth. They will explain how they found extra margin, brought in extra income, used strategic and succession planning to help carve out a place in the operation for the next generation.
 1:00 p.m. - 1:10 p.m.
Sponsor Break
 1:10 p.m. - 1:55 p.m.
Meredith Bernard, The Old Way Isn't Always The Only Way.  Young farmers bring new enthusiasm to a farm. But challenges may arise while trying to initiate different methods and techniques when older family members are used to doing things their way for years. This session will explore how to overcome these obstacles so that the ideas of all generations are valued and how a farmer "newbie" learned some valuable lessons along the way.
Concluding Thoughts, Greg Horstmeier DTN editor in chief, Gregg Hillyer, Progressive Farmer editor in chief, Urban Lehner, DTN emeritus vice president, editorial
  Wednesday, December 9
 7 a.m. - 8 a.m.
Breakfast roundtable discussions. Pick one!
 8:00 a.m. - 9:05 a.m. Marcia Zarley Taylor Memorial Lecture with Q&A, Kip Tom, Ambassador. 

American Innovation, Global Impact: Building the Food Systems of the Future  In the wake of COVID-19, increasingly extreme climate events, and ongoing conflict, ensuring global food security has never been more urgent. This lecture will provide an overview of the global agricultural policy landscape and opportunities for American innovations, ideas and ideals to help build the sustainable, resilient global food systems of the future.

 9:05 - 9:20 a.m.

Fast 15: Business Boost

 9:20 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Sponsor Break
 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
DTN Insights: Market Outlook and Q&A Todd Hultman, DTN lead analyst
 10:45 a.m. - 11 a.m. Concluding Thoughts, Greg Horstmeier DTN editor in chief, Gregg Hillyer, Progressive Farmer editor in chief, Urban Lehner, DTN emeritus vice president, editorial

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    Monday, December 7, 2020

    7:30 AM  -  11:30 AM
    (Wednesday, December 9, 2020)
    DTN Ag Summit 2020
    Fee  Optional