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2010 Top Producer Young Farmer Program Set

December 23, 2009
By: Sara Schafer, Farm Journal Media Business and Crops Editor

For the second year, Top Producer is providing the opportunity for young farmers to meet, network and learn the steps to be successful. The event will be held Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010.
Hotel Information:
InterContinental Hotel, Chicago
505 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago IL 60611
(312) 944-4100, (800) 327-0200
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Young Farmer Agenda
6:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Registration: Please pick up your registration packet and updated agenda 
7:00 – 8:00 a.m. Breakfast Meet and Greet
8:00 – 12:00 p.m. General Session
8:00 – 9:30 a.m. Kickoff/Opening session: Does Your Management System Get a Passing Grade? - Dick Wittman, Wittman Consulting
9:30 – 9:45 a.m. Break
9:45 – 10:45 a.m. Practices of Previous Top Producer of the Year Finalists—Panel Discussion
10:45 – 12:00 p.m.

Case Study Workshop - Using Professional Strategies to Resolve Transition Challenges - Dick Wittman, Wittman Consulting

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
Breakout Sessions Select Two Sessions • How To Talk to Dad About Succession Planning - Kevin Spafford, Legacy By Design
• Cultivating Life Outside of Work - Lon Frahm, Frahm Farmland, Colby, Kan.
• Conflict Management – Hubert Brown, Kennedy & Coe, LLC
• Building Business and Social Networks – Brett Oelke, Extension Education, University of Minnesota   
• How Young Farmers Can Build Credit – Jacob Chapman, 1st Farm Credit, Ottawa, IL
• Experiences in Family Business Transition – What Works and What Doesn't – Joe Kluender, Larson Allen, LLP
1:15 – 2:00 p.m. Breakout Session 1
2:00 – 2:15 p.m. Break
2:15 – 3:00 p.m. Breakout Session 2
3:00 – 5:00 p.m. General Session: "This is Not Your Father's Marketing Plan” – Scott Stewart, Stewart Peterson, a commodity marketing and consulting firm
5:15 – 7:00 p.m. Cocktails and Keynote Speaker: "He Said, He Said” – John Phipps, Farm Journal columnist and host of U.S. Farm Report, along with son Aaron Phipps, who farms with John in Chrisman, IL

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