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Leading national expert speakers This one day conference comes at a critical time for farmers and will discuss important issues like overall farm economic prospects, outlook for exports, land price trends, ag finance issues and new ways that technology can be used to improve profits on your farm.

Leading national expert speakers & topics:

7:30 am:
Registration

8:00 am:
Welcome
- Craig Hill, President, Iowa Farm Bureau  
8:15 am - 8:45 am:

Interest rates & the market
- Charlie Happel, Chief Financial Officer, Farm Bureau Financial Services  
8:45 am - 9:15 am:
The Economy & Agriculture - David Oppedahl, Senior Business Economist, Chicago Federal Reserve
9:15 am - 9:45 am:

Crop & Livestock Outlook
- Don Roose -  Founder, U.S. Commodities
9:45 am - 10:00 am:

Break


10:00 am - 11:00 am:

A1) Farm Land Opportunities in 2017 and Beyond - Dave Muth, Senior Vice President of Analytics, Ag Solver & Peoples Company

A2)
Soil Health, Cover Crops and Nutrient Management Michael Castellano, Associate Professor in Soil Sciences, Iowa State University

B1)
Livestock Opportunities Brian Waddingham, Executive Director, Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers

B2) Update to Iowa FMD and Livestock Emergency Management Plans
- James Roth, DVM, MS, PhD, Diplomate ACVM,  Clarence Hartley Covault, Distinguished Professor. Director, Center for Food Security and Public Health, Iowa State University 

C1)
Crop Insurance Performance Spence Parkinson, Executive Director, Decision Innovation Solutions

C2)
ARC-CO Payments - Michelle Mensing, Research Analyst, Decision Innovation Solutions  


11:10 am - 11:40 am:
Trade Issues & Policy: Impacts for Iowa Agriculture - Chad Hart, Associate Professor of Economics & Crop Markets Specialist, Iowa State University

11:40 am - 12:10 pm:
Priority Issues for Agriculture
Zippy Duvall, President, American Farm Bureau Federation


12:15 pm - 1:30 pm:
Lunch


1:45 pm - 2:25 pm:

Afternoon Breakouts, Digital Ag, Drones and Cover Crops Breakouts

D1) Farm Level Cover Crop Economics - Chad Watts, Executive Director, Conservation Tillage Information Center (invited)

E1) What’s New in Digital Ag & How to Use the Data Jeremy Wilson, Technology Specialist, Crop IMS

F1)
Aerial Crop Scouting Brent Johnson, Labre Crop Consulting & IFBF District 4 Director


2:40 pm - 3:15 pm:
Farm Financials and Ag Lending in 2017 - Jim Knuth, Senior Vice President, Farm Credit Services of America  


3:15 pm - 3:45 pm:
Landlord-Tenant Relationships & Cash Rent Expectations - Farmers National Sam Kain Accredited Land Consultant, Assistant Vice President of Real Estate, National Sales Manager, Farmers National

3:45 pm - 4:15 pm:
New & Used Machinery Markets
- Greg Peterson, Machinery Pete LLC.  


4:15 pm - 5:00 pm:
Farm Bill and Trade
- John Newton, Director of Market Intelligence, American Farm Bureau Federation

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm:
Post Conference Reception


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