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Elite Producer Business Conference Agenda

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Bellagio Las Vegas |November 3 -5, 2014

 

 2014 Agenda

Dairy Today’s Elite Producer Business Conference begin on Monday afternoon again this year. Additionally, EPBC events will be held in a new location within The Bellagio.  We will be using the Tower Ballroom and adjacent meeting rooms.

 
Monday, November 3, 2014

10 a.m.
Registration Opens
Registration Desk Four (near Tower Ballroom) 
3 p.m. 
Opening Session – Welcome
Cliff Becker, Vice-President, Livestock Group Publisher, Farm Journal Media

3:10 p.m.
 
Global Dairy Economic Overview
Michael Swanson, Vice-President, Chief Economist, Wells Fargo
4 p.m.
Dollars & Sense Producer Panel
Julie Maurer, Producer, Newton, WI
Mark Rodgers, Producer, Dearing, GA
Rendell Tullar, Producer, Orford, NH
Pete Wiersma, Producer, Buhl, ID
 

5 - 6:30 p.m.

Welcome Reception
DaVinci Rooms

 
Tuesday, November 4, 2014


6:45 a.m.
Continental Breakfast 
7:45 a.m.
General Session
8 a.m. 
 
Agri-Talk ‘Live’ – Hosted by Mike Adams
Michael Swanson, Vice-President, Chief Economist, Wells Fargo

 9 a.m.

The Food Morality Movement--and What It Will Do to Your Business
Kevin Murphy, Owner/Founder, Food-Chain Communications, LLC

10 a.m. 
Networking Break

10:30 a.m. 
 
Down Cows & Media Mayhem: Why You Need a Crisis Management Plan
Al Setka, Wixted & Company
11:30 a.m.

Managing with Your Head in the Cloud
Dino Giacomazzi, Producer, Hanford, CA

Noon
Lunch

1:30 p.m.
Boosting Milk Sales: Anytime, Anywhere, Everyone
Barb O’Brien, President, Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy
(This panel discussion will include marketing managers from major U.S.  fluid retailers.)

2:30 - 2:50 p.m.
Focus Sessions (choose one) – DaVinci Rooms
 
Option 1:  Balancing the Yield/Quality Trade
Peter Reisen, Director of Plant Breeding, Forage Genetics International -- Sponsored by NEXGROW? Alfalfa

Option 2Monitoring and Measuring Forages-Are You Optimizing Your Forage Program?
David Weakly, Director, Dairy Forage Nutrition Research, Forage Genetics Int’l. --Sponsored by Calibrate

Option 3:  Outcome Based Solutions for Navigating the Transition Period
Dr. Elliot Block, Research Fellow & Technology Director
Sponsored by Arm & Hammer

2:55 - 3:15 p.m.
Focus Sessions (choose one) – DaVinci Rooms
 
Option 1:  Balancing the Yield/Quality Trade
Peter Reisen, Director of Plant Breeding, Forage Genetics International -- Sponsored by NEXGROW? Alfalfa

Option 2Monitoring and Measuring Forages-Are You Optimizing Your Forage Program?
David Weakly, Director, Dairy Forage Nutrition Research, Forage Genetics Int’l. --Sponsored by Calibrate

Option 3:  Outcome Based Solutions for Navigating the Transition Period
Dr. Elliot Block, Research Fellow & Technology Director
Sponsored by Arm & Hammer
3:15 p.m.
Networking Break 
3:45 p.m.
 
Does the New Farm Bill Replace Risk Management? – Panel Discussion
Moderator: Chip Flory, Vice President, Editorial – ProFarmer, Farm Journal Media
Participants: Robin Schmahl, AgDairy LLC, Katie Krupa, Rice Dairy, Bob Davenport, Stewart Peterson
4:30 p.m. 
 
John Phipps, US Farm Report, Farmer and
Farm Journal Columnist

5:15 - 6:30 p.m.
 
Networking Reception
DaVinci Rooms
 
Wednesday, November 5, 2014

7 a.m.
 
Continental Breakfast

7:30 a.m.

The Crop is in the Bin – But What About Prices?
Chip Flory, Vice President, Editorial – ProFarmer, Farm Journal Media

8:15 - 9:05 a.m. 
 
Workshop Sessions (choose one) - DaVinci Rooms
 
Option A:  From Cull Cows to Profit Centers
Lance Zimmerman, CattleFax

Option BAre You At Risk for Embezzlement?
Mark Brady, CPA, Cooper Norman

9:10 - 10:00 a.m. 
Workshop Sessions (choose one) - DaVinci Rooms
 
Option C:  Peer Groups – Are They for Me? – Producer Panel
Rien Doornenbal, Producer, CA
Don Jensen, Producer, NY
Theo and Will Scholze, Producers, WI

Option DFrom One Generation to the Next: Protect Your Assets and Protect Your Future

Polly Dobbs, Partner, Starr Austen & Miller LLP

 
Conference updates via Commodity Update mobile messaging service.
*Speakers and agenda are subject to change. Speakers to be announced as confirmed. 
All sessions held in the Tower Ballroom unless otherwise indicated.
 
 
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