Keynote Speakers

Eriken.2020Ken A. Eriksen, IHS Markit Senior Vice President, Head of Client Advisory and Development, Energy and Transportation, and Policy is the head of the IEG Vantage Client Advisory and Development, Energy and Transportation, and Policy groups. In this capacity, he directs efforts in client advisory and development, risk management, consulting and events. Since joining the company in 2001, Mr. Eriksen has led the company’s Transportation, Industrials and Energy Services group and was a co-leader of the IHS Markit Agribusiness Consulting group. Prior to joining the company, Eriksen worked for USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service as an agricultural statistician. In that capacity, he conducted national surveys and set national estimates in agriculture. Also while at USDA, he worked for the Agricultural Marketing Service on its transportation and marketing program, conducting research and analysis on domestic and international transportation issues.

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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. 

JG.hVdDNTcQ.2Jon Gordon, Best Selling American Author -Packed with compelling stories, his presentation will help teams overcome negativity and enhance their culture, communication, connection, commitment and performance.  He and his training/consulting company are passionate about developing positive leaders, organizations and teams. Jon Gordon's best-selling books and talks have inspired readers and audiences around the world. His principles have been put to the test by numerous Fortune 500 companies, professional and college sports teams, school districts, hospitals, and non-profits. He is the author of 20 books including 8 best-sellers: The Energy Bus, The Carpenter, Training Camp, You Win in the Locker Room First, The Power of Positive Leadership, The Power of a Positive Team, The Coffee Bean and his latest Stay Positive. Jon and his tips have been featured on The Today Show, CNN, CNBC, The Golf Channel, Fox and Friends and in numerous magazines and newspapers. Gordon is a graduate of Cornell University and holds a Masters in Teaching from Emory University.

Paul HughesPaul Hughes is Chief Agriculture Economist at IHS Markit.  Paul grew up on a farm in North Central Illinois where his family still farms about 2,000 acres of corn and soybeans.  He joined IHS Markit in November 2019, bringing nearly 20 year's experience in commodity and ingredient purchasing and commodity price risk management, much of that for Purina, later Nestle Purina. There he was a grain and vegetable oil analyst, eventually managing a team of commodity analysts where he was instrumental in bringing machine learning and other data tools to aid analysis and price forecasting.  Paul began his career in the grain and commodity industry as a corn/soybean trader for River/Gulf Grain in Eastern Iowa.


Kip Tom is the United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture in Rome, with the Rank of Ambassador.  Ambassador Tom was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on April 11, 2019.

Ambassador Tom is an agribusiness leader who transformed a seventh-generation farm into one of the largest commodity businesses in the Midwestern United States, while launching international operations and deploying new technologies.  Ambassador Tom grew up on his family’s farm in the community that his ancestors homesteaded in 1837.  His business has grown to over 25,000 acres with locations in the U.S. and in Argentina.

Ambassador Tom served as a member of the board of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation.  He is involved in several philanthropic organizations focusing on food security and development issues domestically and globally.  He is also active in supporting the next generations of farmers, having served as a trustee of the National 4-H Foundation and a member of the National Future Farmers of America Foundation Board of Directors.  Ambassador Tom holds an advanced management certificate from Texas A&M in agriculture economics.

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.

meredith bernardMeredith Bernard is a wife, mother, farmer, photographer, writer and YouTuber living, working and sharing her real from the beef cattle farm she calls home with her husband and two children in North Carolina. Her biggest passion is storytelling and helping others see the importance of sharing their own, believing we all have more in common than we tend to realize.

Ranveer Chandra

Ranveer Chandra, Chief Scientist, Microsoft Azure Global, leads Microsoft’s research and innovation on agriculture and started the FarmBeats project in 2015. He has published more than 80 papers and filed over 100 patents. Chandra’s research has been cited in multiple publications including The Economist, MIT Technology Review, Scientific American, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. He has an undergraduate degree from IIT Kharagpur, India and a PhD from Cornell University.

Todd Hultman.thumbnailTodd 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.

ThompsonsReid and Heather Thompson, Thompson Family Farm, Reid owns and operates Thompson Family Farm, a grain farm in McLean and Ford county, Illinois, with his father, Gerald Thompson. Reid leads TFF’s trials with technology and regenerative agricultural practices, including strip tillage and cover crops. Prior to joining the family farm full-time in 2019, Reid was employed as a farm manager, farm real estate broker, and auctioneer with Hertz Farm Management in Monticello, Ill. for nine years. He also served on the Illinois Farm Bureau Young Leaders Committee from 2014-2018. Reid has a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Consumer Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Heather is Manager of Digital Communications with GROWMARK, Inc. In her role, she leads a team of individuals focused on promoting GROWMARK and FS member cooperatives through digital marketing and social media tactics. She also serves on the Illinois 4-H Foundation Board and currently chairs the strategic planning committee. Heather has a Bachelor of Science in Communications and Political Science from Illinois College and a Master of Science in Strategic Business Management from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. Reid and Heather have two sons, Abe (4) and Hank (2).

Renny VandewegeRenny Vandewege, Vice President, DTN Weather Operations, is responsible for developing strategic direction and leadership to DTN’s 200+ operational meteorologists across weather forecast rooms, globally serving customers in many weather-impacted industries. He joined DTN following the acquisition of Weather Decision Technologies in 2018, where he served as the Senior Vice President of Sales since 2014. 

Prior to joining the private weather industry, Vandewege served as the Director of the Broadcast Meteorology Program at Mississippi State University.  He began his career in meteorology as a broadcast meteorologist at WTOK in Meridian, MS and KCTV in Kansas City, MO, most notably covering historic Hurricane Katrina as it made landfall in Mississippi.  Vandewege holds a Masters Degree in Meteorology from Mississippi State University.

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. 

Katie Dehlinger DSC_2690 (002)Katie Dehlinger, DTN Farm Business Editor, reports on tax and estate planning, farmland values, health care and other issues that affect farmers' bottom lines. Previously, the DTN Markets Editor, she covered commodity markets and marketing strategies in addition to USDA report lockups. Dehlinger spent several years as the Executive Producer for RFDTV's daily news programs, Market Day Report and the Rural Evening News. She grew up near the Illinois-Wisconsin border in Rockton, Ill., and graduated from the University of Missouri in 2009 with a bachelor's of journalism in news/editorial writing and minors in history and sociology.

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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