Extreme weather. Skittish commodity markets. Interest rate reversals. Revamped crop insurance. Shrinking safety nets.
No matter how you score it, agriculture faces major challenges in the next few years, which will affect your profits, land markets, and opportunity for growth. Refine your agricultural offense with insights from authoritative speakers, and meet other leading producers from across North and South America, who are putting best practices into play.
You're invited to connect with DTN/The Progressive Farmer editors and authoritative speakers for thought provoking discussions on what threats and opportunities face growth-oriented farms — and learn how to adapt to new risks on the playing field. Register now. Bring your family, friends, and neighbors! $50 discount per person applies to groups of four or more! The all-inclusive conference fee includes top-notch speakers offering a high-level learning opportunity, program materials, refreshment breaks, seven meals (two are off-site - House of Blues and The Field Museum) these activities, and more rank this conference among the best.
Plus, get the information download on DTN's latest weather and market outlook for 2014 and be inspired by The Progressive Farmer's Best Young Farmer Award winners.
Special event: a conversation with the U.S. Federal Reserve’s Richard Fisher
No single institution has had more influence on the U.S. economy than the Federal Reserve, which has pumped more than $3 trillion into U.S. money supplies since 2008, and artificially pressed interest rates to 50-year lows. That unprecedented infusion poses massive implications for credit, land values and commodity markets when it retreats.
Richard Fisher, president of the Dallas Federal Reserve, has been an opponent of too-big-to-fail policies, an advocate for curbing the Fed’s $85 billion-a-month mortgage backed securities program, and a vigilant inflation hawk. Fisher is the former vice chairman of Kissinger McLarty Associates, a strategic advisory firm chaired by former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, as well as a former deputy U.S. Trade Representative with a keen appreciation of global export markets. Bring your questions for this respected and influential policymaker.
Other confirmed speakers include:
Please check back often for more details!
- Allan Gray, Purdue University director for the Center for Food and Agribusiness, on managing your farm’s growing pains
- Bryce Anderson, DTN senior ag meteorologist, on prospects for more wild weather
- Darin Newsom, DTN senior analyst, on whether good times for commodity markets are over for good
- Don Mann, former U.S. Navy SEAL Team Six member and trainer of the group that raided Osama bin Laden, on small teams with a disciplined mind set
- Ray Wyse, Grain Industry Strategist, S.W.A.T. LLC, on how seismic shifts in global grain trade.
- Terry Kastens and Kevin Dhuyvetter, Kansas State University economists, on analyzing the real estate values and rents when land reaches a tipping point
- Andy Biebl, CliftonLarsonAllen CPA on whether to punt, pass or play on health care reform
- Bill Johnson, CEO of Farm Credit of Mid-America, on assessing new financial risks for U.S. agriculture
- Brad Lubben, director of the North Central Risk Management Education Center, on the new farm bill’s revenue safety net
- Nick Houle, CliftonLarsonAllen CPA and financial planner, on estate and succession moves to protect a family legacy
Special Optional Pre-Event Workshops (December 8)
DTN University “Marketing Through Mayhem” short course will give you the confidence you need to integrate the appropriate options, futures or hybrid contracts into volatile markets and post MF-Global defense. Expert instructors include DTN Senior Analyst and former merchandiser, Darin Newsom; Texas AgriLife Extension Economist, Mark Welch; and hedgers with real-life experiences. This program is a perennial sell out, so register early.
DTN University “Pass It On!” estate and succession planning workshop will address the emotional and cash flow challenges of passing businesses to another generation and off-farm heirs. Focus is on case studies that will help you model your own plan. Expert instructors include Minnesota CPA Nick Houle of CliftonAllenLarson, and family business mediator, Lance Woodbury. Space is limited so the audience can ask plenty of questions. $100 per person discount applies after the first registration.
Best Young Farmer and Rancher Awards
Be inspired by outstanding young farm operators who are overcoming hurdles to succeed in an intensely-competitive industry. You'll hear their biographies and meet the "under-40" winners at DTN/The Progressive Farmer's annual Best Young Farmer and Rancher Awards luncheon on Tuesday, December 10.
Early Bird Welcome Reception
Networking rates very high on our evaluations — most of the Ag Summit participants rave about how they value the connections they make during the social events at the conference. With that in mind, we have added an Early Bird Welcome Reception at the Marriott. Sunday evening, December 8, complimentary cocktails and appetizers will be available for all Ag Summit guests. Join us after you check in and meet fellow Ag Summit attendees, as well as DTN/The Progressive Farmer staff members. Get your playbook stamped and enter to win two complimentary tickets to the 2014 Ag Summit, plus other prizes!
Monday morning, a continental breakfast will be served during registration. Early Bird Profit Sessions are geared for you to get a sneak peek at cutting-edge technologies and strategies designed to bolster your profit margins in 2013 and beyond — compliments of Ag Summit sponsors. Plan to join us! Click on the tab on the left for further details or call 1-888-576-9881.