people,handshake,bfastNetworking rates very high on our evaluations. Ag Summit participants rave about the valuable connections they make during the social events at the conference. Please join us Sunday, December 3 from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. for the Welcome Reception with ag’s most awarded editorial team at the Fairmont, Moulin Rouge theater, Lobby level. Join us after you check-in, meet fellow Ag Summit attendees, as well as DTN and The Progressive Farmer staff members.

Monday morning plan to join us at 7:30 a.m. for registration in the Cuvee Room and continental breakfast in the Moulin Rouge theater both on the Lobby level along with the Early Bird Profit Sessions. The Profit Sessions are geared to give you a sneak peek at cutting-edge technologies and strategies designed to bolster your profit margins in 2018 and beyond, compliments of Ag Summit sponsors.


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AGENDA

  Sunday, December 3 - Optional

 1 p.m.5 p.m.

DTN University

 > Grain Strategies for Marketers: Our expert faculty, will help
farmer-marketers incorporate more advanced grain industry skills, including which technical factors to watch for and how to appropriately use hybrid contracts. Includes a special grain marketing sessions for today’s women in agriculture.

 > Tax and Financial Planning for 2018: Hear the latest thinking on farm-financial analysis and succession-planning issues. Special topic: using buy-sell agreements. Family communication is as important as the tax implications of your business and succession decisions.

 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Early-bird registration and welcome reception with ag’s most awarded
editorial team.

  Monday, December 4
 7:30 a.m.1 p.m. Registration, Lobby level - Cuvee Room
 7:30 a.m.11:30 a.m. Early Bird Profit Sessions and continental breakfast. Moulin Rouge Theater
 12 p.m.
Lunch on your own

 1 p.m.5 p.m.

General sessions. Imperial Ballroom

WELCOME, Kip Pendleton, CEO DTN

Marcia Zarley Taylor Memorial Lecture Series:
THE SURPRISINGLY GOOD WORLD ECONOMY AND ITS IMPACT ON AG EXPORTS

Exports are crucial for a strong U.S. ag industry. They are dependent not only on America’s trade policies, but the economies, policies, and politics of our trading partners. An overview of world financials and what it means for U.S. agriculture.
Dr. Nariman Behravesh, IHS
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LANDSLIDE OR LAND RISE?
Today’s outlook on land prices.
Paul Kanitra, Peak Soil Indexes
Brent Gloy, Ag Economic Insights

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YOUR FARM, THEIR FOOD
Consumers are flexing their marketing muscle demanding food and food products meet certain requirements in how they are produced. In response, food companies are implementing new standards on their farmer-suppliers. What are the implications for agriculture to satisfy changing consumer tastes, demands, and more?
Emily Johannes, K•Coe Isom
Food industry panel

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DO YOU NEED A CFO?
Farmers are excellent at running day-to-day operations. But one of the most common knowledge gaps most farmers have is in finance. Is it time to hire your own Chief Financial Officer?
Lance Woodbury, Ag Progress
Jay Joy, Bestifor Farms, Belleville, KS
Nick Frey, WCI Family Farms, Linden, IN

 6:00 p.m.
Dinner on the 80th Floor of the Mid-America Club for all event attendees. 

  Tuesday, December 5
 7 a.m.  Breakfast buffet roundtable discussions. International Ballroom.

 8:15 a.m.12 p.m. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


General sessions, Imperial Ballroom

OVER THE WALL THINKING
Motivational team building session.
Andy Papathanassiou, NASCAR visionary and motorsports industry innovator
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HOW WILL TECHNOLOGY PRODUCERS COMPETE AND CONQUER AG CYCLES?
Agriculture’s Big Data industry is undergoing major change. The industry, fed by new companies and fresh ideas, has matured into a growing trend of mergers, acquisitions, and partnerships. What will the Big Data world look like in coming years? Who will be the key players? What answers and insights can we expect?
Sid Gorham, Granular
Kenneth Zuckerberg, Rabobank
Patrick Christie, Conservis
Keith Soltwedel, John Deere
Jerre Stead, DTN

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WHAT'S IN STORE?
DTN Senior Analyst Darin Newsom will tee up his expectations for the coming commodity sales season.
Darin Newsom, DTN/The Progressive Farmer

 12 p.m.1:15 p.m.
Plated lunch for all Ag Summit attendees. International Ballroom.
America's Best Young Farmers and Ranchers Presentation

 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. 

 


CONCURRENT PROFESSIONAL IMPROVEMENT SESSIONS (pick two)
• Crop Insurance Concerns
• If You Want a Star Employee, Expand Your Universe
• Social Media Tips from America’s Top Farms
• Grain Marketing Deep Dive

 5:30 p.m.7:00 p.m.
Reception with the sponsors for all event attendees. Imperial Foyer.

  Wednesday, December 6
 7 a.m.
Breakfast buffet roundtable discussions. International Ballroom.

 8:15 a.m. – 12 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


General sessions. Imperial Ballroom

2018 WEATHER: DO WE SENSE A SIXTH?
Will 2018 weather produce another high yielding season? What is the outlook for spring planting and the growing season? Senior Ag Meteorologist Bryce Anderson share’s DTN’s proprietary weather forecast based on the largest network of public and private weather stations in agriculture.
Bryce Anderson, DTN/The Progressive Farmer
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FINE-TUNE YOUR FINANCIALS
Lending institutions are always checking the financial health of their farmer customers. Panel members will detail what they are seeing regarding the financial health of American agriculture and provide advice on the criteria farmers need to have before they meet with their lender.
Curt Hudnutt, Rabo AgriFinance
Steve Allard, Farm Credit Mid-America

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THE ROAD TO THE 2018 FARM BILL: POTHOLES, PATCHWORK, OR NEW PAVEMENT?
A discussion on what farmers can expect as lawmakers work on the 2018
Farm Bill.

Moderator: Chris Clayton, DTN/The Progressive Farmer
Panel: Sam Willett, National Corn Growers Association
Bradley Lubben, University of Nebraska
Mike Tate, National Cotton Council

 12 p.m. Farewell


  •  
    Monday, December 4, 2017
    11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM
    VIP Advisory Lunch
    DTN’s product management team is providing a complimentary lunch for a select number of VIPs, along with the exclusive opportunity to provide feedback about the information and tools you need to manage a successful operation. Space for the event is limited, so please check the box if you would like to reserve your spot. Additional details will be emailed closer to the event, if you have any questions please contact Carissa Gappa at 402-255-8433 or by email dtnproducerproducts@dtn.com
     Optional 

    (Wednesday, December 6, 2017)
    Guest Meals
    Guest meals only. Includes all evening activities.
    Fee  Optional 
     
    Tuesday, December 5, 2017
    10:00 AM  -  12:30 PM
    Explore Chicago! Guest Tour & Spa Reservations
    A great way to get to know the city, get to know each other, shop a little and have fun.
    Fee  Optional 

  • Conference Only
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    Monday, December 4, 2017

    7:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    (Wednesday, December 6, 2017)
    DTN/The Progressive Farmer Ag Summit 2017
    All-inclusive conference includes materials and most meals. Bring your family, friends and neighbors! $50 per person discount applies to groups of four or more!
    Fee  Optional 

  • Optional Sessions
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    Sunday, December 3, 2017

    1:00 PM  -  5:00 PM
    DTN University: Grain Marketing To Conquer Price Cycles
    Fee  Optional 
    1:00 PM  -  5:00 PM
    DTN University: Diagnose tax-savings plans
    $100 per person discount applies after the first registration.
    Fee  Optional 
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