2009 Top Producer Seminar

January 4, 2009 06:00 PM


2009 Top Producer Seminar
The Top Producer 25
January 21-23, 2009
Hotel Intercontinental
Chicago, Ill.


25 Years Ago...
Ronald Reagan won his second term in a land slide.
Prince, who was still Prince, released Purple Rain.
Reggie Jackson hit his 500th homerun.
The average US corn yield was 82 bu/acre.
Agriculture was just emerging from the crisis of the early 80's, and Farm Journal Media recognized the need to serve the nation's top producers.
Top Producer was born in 1984 and is still Agriculture's Business Information Resource and you can get a leg up on the next 25 years at the Top Producer Seminar.
This year the seminar, called The Top Producer 25, will start by unveiling the top 25 people, issues and trends that will impact production agriculture in the future. The seminar will focus on several of these topics and help you learn the issues and what it will take to start implementing these in your business.

Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009
10am – 1pm
10am – 11:30am
NEW! Early Bird Technology Sessions. Don't miss these brand new sessions!
1pm – 3pm
General Sessions

The Top Producer 25: The 25 people, issues and trends that will impact production agriculture in the future.
Marketing 2009: Capturing value in a cooling market
Jerry Gulke, president Strategic Marketing Services and Top Producer Market Strategy columnist
Where Do You Stack Up: Ag IQ Financial Database
Allen Lash, president Agrisolutions
3pm – 3:30pm
3:30pm - 4:15pm
General Session - Cash Flow Management
Dick Wittman, Wittman Consulting
4:15pm – 5:30pm
Roundtable Discussion - Finding Agriculture's Ethical Boundaries
  • Paul Lasley, Iowa State University Sociology Department chair
  • Keving Spafford, Legacy By Design owner
  • Tim Richter, Saratoga Partnership
5:30pm – 7pm
Trade Show Networking Reception
Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009
7am – 8am
Annual U.S. Farm Report Market Roundtable Taping
8:15am - 11:50am
Breakout Sessions (Includes Three Sessions)
Financial Track
Acquiring Working Capital:
  • Allen Lash, Agrisolutions

Keep a Lid on Input Costs
  • Bruce Erickson, economist, Purdue University
  • Wade Stewart, AutoFarm
  • Do You Need a Tax Makeover?—Lance Fulton, Kennedy & Coe
Business Management Track
Succession Planning:
  • Kevin Spafford, Legacy By Design
Managing Weather's Impacts:

  • Planalytics

Expanding Opportunities Abroad:

  • Roger Denhart, Emmanuel Farms, Ukraine
  • John Carroll, Carroll Farms Ltda. Brazil

Building Producer Networks:
  • Brett Oelke, University of Minnesota
Marketing & Risk Management Track

Know Your Options With SURE and ACRE:
  • Art Barnaby, Kansas State University
Trading Techniques: Lessons with cash and futures markets:
  • Kevin McNew, Cash Grain Bids

A Primer On Risk Management:
  • Jeff Beal, SMS Consulting

Managing Risk With Crop Insurance:
  • Jamie Wasemiller, SMS Consulting
12pm – 1:15pm
Lunch with John Phipps, host U.S. Farm Report
1:15pm - 2pm
Trade Show Dessert
2pm-3:45 p.m.
General Sessions
View from Wall Street Panel Discussion
  • Ann Duignan, JP MorganChase
  • Effie Bernstein, Highline Capital
China's Demand Explosion
  • Scott Rozelle, Stanford University
4pm-4:45 pm
Top Producer of The Year Finalist Roundtable
4:45pm-5:30 p.m.
The Future of Biofuels
Jim Murphy, Context Network
6:15pm-7:30 pm
Top Producer of The Year Reception
Top Producer of the Year Banquet
Friday, Jan. 23, 2009
7am – 8 am
Banking Roundtable - The Changing Rules of Banking
  • Danny Klinefelter, Texas A&M University
  • Mark Gold, Top Third Marketing
  • John Blanchfield, ABA
  • Erin Fitzpatrick, Rabobank
Fertilizer Outlook
Ford West, President TFI
10am – 11:45am
Risk Audits
Mike Boehlje, Purdue University
Poised for the Future
Danny Klinefelter, Texas A&M University


Hotel Information 
Hotel InterContinental
505 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 944-4100, (800) 327-0200

Register online.

Cut-off date for the room block rate is Dec. 19, 2008. Mention Top Producer to receive discounted rates.

Room Rate: $130 single/double

Parking: Discounted parking: $24/day

Transportation: Cab/shuttle service from Midway or O'Hare airports. For directions, please contact the hotel.

Registration: Book by Dec. 15, 2008 for early bird discounts.  We sold out last year, so don't delay!

  • Early Bird - $390
  • Regular Rate - $465

Thank you to the 2009 Top Producer Seminar Sponsors:

Premier Sponsors
Bayer Crop Science
Top Third Marketing
In Association with
Kennedy and Coe

Register Today!

Call 312-546-3236; ext. 805
The 2008 Seminar, Jan. 16-18, was held at the Hotel Intercontinental in Chicago. Read about last year's seminar and view presentations from a select group of presenters.


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