Aug 28, 2014
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Peer Advisory Groups: Best Practices and Alternative Structures Conference

 

Sponsored by:

  • Association of Agricultural Production Executives
  • Top Producer
  • Monsanto
  • Texas AgriLife Extension

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Hosted by Danny Klinefelter, Texas AgriLife Extension Economists and Director of The Executive Program for Agricultural Producers (TEPAP).
 
DannyKlinefelter webDanny Klinefelter has observed many farmer peer groups in the 20 years he has directed TEPAP, a Texas A&M business short course with more than 1,300 alumni from across the U.S. and Canada. This two-day seminar will build on why farmers organize these groups, the advantages they can offer and how to form a peer advisory group.
 
The event will kick off with an evening reception on Sunday and open with a general session on why farmers need peer advisory groups and how they work. The remainder of the morning will consist of a series of panels, including:
  • Consultants who establish peer advisory groups for nonfarm businesses
  • Farmers who have benefited from peer advisory groups
 
For more information or to register, call 979-845-7171 or e-mail bofczarzak@tamu.edu.
 

Registration Costs and Fees

The registration fee is $750 per participants. Call the Gaylord Texan at 866-782-7897 and ask for The Association of Agricultural Production Executives block, for a group rate of $134 (plus a $15 resort service fee) per night for single or double occupancy. Meals are included.
 
The Gaylord is located just north of the Dallas Fort-Worth International Airport. The block expires on June 17, 2011. Enrollment is limited to 180 participants.
 
Checks should be made payable to The Association of Agricultural Production Executives (or AAPEX) and mailed to P.O. Box E, College Station, TX 77841.

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Agenda

 

Sunday, July 10

5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Reception

 

Monday, July 11

8:00 - 8:15 a.m.
Opening - Why are we here and What do we want to accomplish?
Danny Klinefelter
 Group photo
8:15 - 8:45
The Value of Networking: What We’ve Learned
Brian Uken
U.S. Top Producer Lead, Monsanto, St. Louis, Missouri
 
8:45 - 9:45 a.m.
The Power of Peer Groups
Wayne Rivers, President
Family Business Institute, Raleigh, North Carolina
 
9:45 - 10:15 a.m.
Break
 
10:15 - 12:00 noon
Panel I - Leading non-farm Business Peer Group Facilitators. How their groups are structured and operated, what do they view as best practices, and what are some of the things participants typically experience as they get started in a group?
 
Family Business Institute - Wayne Rivers FBI facilitates CEO Performance Roundtables for the Associated General Contractors, the National Funeral Directors Association and the American Council of Engineering Companies.
 
Vistage - David Boyett, Group Chair, Dallas, Texas Vistage has approximately 450 chairs across the U.S. facilitating 900 executive peer groups.
 
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Lunch
 
1:00 - 2:45 p.m.
Panel II - Non-farm Peer Group Members. What are best practices from their perspective, how have they benefitted, and what advice do they have for someone just getting started in a group?
 
Murray Edwards, CEO, The Edwards Group, Clyde, Texas, former YPO member and part of a self facilitated peer group.
 
Maryanne Guido, FBI group member and CEO of Guido Brothers Construction, San Antonio, Texas Gene Daley, Vistage group member and President, JW Operating Company, Dallas, Texas
 
2:45 - 3:15 pm
Break
 
3:15 - 5:00 p.m.
Panel III - Ag Producer Group Facilitators. How their groups are structured and operated, what do they view as best practices, and what are some of the things participants typically experience as they get started in a group?
 
Bob Aukes, President, AG Finance, Des Moines, Iowa
 
Joe Kluender, Agribusiness Consultant, Larson Allen, New Ulm, Minnesota
 
Lance Woodbury, Independent family business consultant, Garden City, Kansas
 
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Dinner
 
7:15 - 9:00 p.m.
Panel IV - Ag Producer Group Members. How is their group structured and operated, how have they benefitted, and what advice do they have for someone or groups just getting started?
 
Harry DeWitt, High Plains Dairy, Friona, Texas
 
Pat Duncanson, Duncanson Growers, Mapleton, Minnesota
 
Craig Fincham, Heartland Family Farms, Pratt, Kansas
 
Terry Jones, Executive Ag Network, Williamsburg, Iowa
 

Tuesday, July 12

8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
The Evolution of Argentina’s AACREA Groups. How do the groups operate, how are they networked and how have they transitioned as one generation retires and another comes on board?
 
David Hughes, Capital Federal, Argentina
There are now 200 AACREA groups. The first group was formed over 50 years ago.
 
9:00 - 9:30 a.m.
Break
 
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Breakout Groups
What are our key take-aways?
 
10:30 - 11:45 a.m.
Group reports
 
11:45 - 12:00 noon
Survey
 
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Adjourn/Lunch
Afternoon Groups who are just getting a peer group started are encouraged to stay one additional night and spend Tuesday afternoon discussing and developing:
1). The format and direction they want to pursue
2). An action plan for what they are going to do next (including action steps, timetable and assignment of responsibilities).
 
 

 

 
 
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