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Northey, 2012

Join Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey, for breakfast Tuesday, July 9th.


Bill Northey is a fourth generation farmer from Spirit Lake, Iowa who grows corn and soybeans.  Northey returned to Spirit Lake to farm with his grandfather after graduating from Iowa State University in 1981.  

 He is serving his second term as Iowa Secretary of Agriculture after being reelected in November of 2010.

As Secretary, Northey has committed to traveling to each of Iowa’s 99 counties every year to hear from farmers and rural residents with a stake in the future of agriculture.  These meetings allow him to listen to their needs and better lead the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship as it seeks to serve the people of the state.

His priorities as Secretary of Agriculture are advancing science and new technologies to better care for our air, soil and water and reaching out to all Iowans to tell the story of Iowa agriculture.


Join us and chat with your Pro Farmer team of advisors.


Chip Flory, Pro Farmer Editor & Publisher

A familiar face in agriculture through his weekly Profit Briefing segment on AgDay TV, Chip has also appeared on CNBC’s Squawk Box and U.S. Farm Report as both a guest analyst and a panel moderator. Respected for his no-nonsense delivery, Chip is a frequent seminar speaker and crowd favorite.

Chip began his career in Chicago reporting from the floors of the Chicago Board of Trade and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange as Bureau Chief for FWN. Editor of Pro Farmer Newsletter since May 1997 and Publisher since November 1999, he is responsible for the news, information and perspective delivered by Pro Farmer and still plays an active role in grain and livestock marketing advice to the 12,000-plus Pro Farmer Members.

Wiesemeyer Formal CMYKJim Wiesemeyer, Pro Farmer Washington Consultant

An entertaining and engaging speaker, Jim Wiesemeyer is vice president, policy and trade issues, for Informa Economics’ Washington office. As Washington consultant to Pro Farmer newsletter, Jim has a daily column, Inside Washington Today, which is one of the most read features of the profarmer.com web site. He has reported on major farm legislation and policy issues from the capitol since 1978.

Mike Walsten professional 2013Mike Walsten, LandOwner Editor

Mike has covered major business trends in agriculture for most of four decades. From the southern corn leaf blight of 1970 to today's bio-fuels focus, he has lived, reported and analyzed the impact of volatile markets on farm and ranch businesses and on land prices. A polished presenter, Mike has appeared as the land expert on AgDay TV, along with numerous speaking engagements across the country.

Throughout his career Mike has covered business and management issues as well as price outlook and marketing issues in various positions with Farm Journal and Pro Farmer. He now applies his extensive background and analytical skills to today's farm and ranch land markets as editor of LandOwner newsletter.

Julianne professional 2013Julianne Johnston, Pro Farmer Digital Managing Editor

Julianne’s coverage of the overnight market highlights makes her column the first read of the day for many Pro Farmer members. A daily contributor to Pro Farmer’s online and email content, Julianne frequently appears on AgDay TV and writes for the weekly Pro Farmer newsletter. A regular Pro Farmer seminar speaker, Julianne provides expert coverage of agricultural news and commodity markets.


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Brian Grete, Pro Farmer Senior Market Analyst

An expert on risk management and commodity analysis Brian’s regular appearances on AgDay TV, and U.S. Farm Report have made him well known and respected throughout the industry. A speaker at events across the country, Brian is a frequent presenter at Pro Farmer seminars, and is the Eastern Director for the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour.

With Pro Farmer since 1996, Brian has served in several roles over the years, serving as Senior Market Analyst since 2003 and was named Managing Editor in 2011. Brian’s reporting focuses each day on events that influence commodity markets

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Meghan Pedersen, Pro Farmer Associate Editor 

Meghan joined Pro Farmer in June 2011 as a reporter in training for the role of Washington editor. Prior to joining the Pro Farmer team, Meghan worked as an editor at Stocks, Futures and Options (SFO) magazine. During her time there she gained her Series 3 license from the National Futures Association. She is a 2009 Summa Cum Laude graduate of Wartburg College (Waverly, IA) with Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and writing.

At Pro Farmer, Meghan writes many of the daily market commentaries in addition to website news stories.  She also compiles the quarterly Washington Report and the Annual Tax Report.  

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Davis Michaelsen, Pro Farmer Inputs Monitor Reporter

Offering a fresh perspective on risk management, Davis’ coverage and analysis of the Inputs Monitor Regional Price Index has made his column a "must read" for growers. His easy to understand style makes Davis' fuel and fertilizer outlook one of the most engaging segments in Pro Farmer seminars.

Davis spent 8 years in the trenches of rural America as a Blacksmith before moving on to academia where he worked as the Academic Success Coordinator at Kaplan University. While at Kaplan, Davis conducted numerous workshops and seminars, addressed faculty groups and was the Chief Editor of the campus newsletter.


The 2013 Leading Edge conference will also feature sessions by:

Dr. Vincent Malanga, President, LaSalle Economics, Inc.

Join Dr. Malanga as he discusses the economic outlook for our country and agriculture in 2013 and beyond.

Kyle Tapley, Senior Agricultural Meteorologist, MDA Weather Services

Focusing on weather trends and patterns, Tapley will highlight the kind of year we can expect and what long-term climate trends show.



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