Calling All Young Farmers: Join Us in Chicago!

January 16, 2014 06:31 AM
Calling All Young Farmers: Join Us in Chicago!

Conference prepares the next generation to take the reins

Young producers comprise a growing and vital component of the farm industry. To help prepare this group of leaders for the road ahead, Top Producer will host its annual Tomorrow’s Top Producer conference Jan. 28 at the Hilton Chicago in downtown Chicago.

"As the senior partners in the farm prepare to exit or step down, the next generation needs to be prepared to take the reins from a marketing, business and financial standpoint," says Jeanne Bernick, Top Producer editor and conference co-host.

Learn to Lead. Geared toward farmers age 35 and younger, the conference is held the day before the Top Producer Seminar. Participants will learn from experts in the industry and have the opportunity to network with like-minded farmers from across the U.S. Participants will also hear from former Top Producer of the Year finalists and winners.

Topics to be discussed include marketing, landlord relationships, business management and work-life balance. Speakers will share advice on how to improve your operation’s finances, tips on buying machinery and how to better position your business in a volatile environment.

In addition to top-notch speakers and breakout sessions, the third winner of Tomorrow’s Top Producer Horizon Award will be announced.

Attendees will have the opportunity to visit the Chicago Board of Trade. This year, there are two tour options: market closing on Monday, Jan. 27, and market opening Wednesday, Jan. 29. During the tour, participants will be able to meet agricultural traders and marketing experts.

Plan to join us; registration is open and costs $169. Attendees will also receive a discount to attend the Top Producer Seminar. Conference sponsors include Bayer CropScience, Case IH, John Deere, Koch Agronomic Services and SFP. 

Agenda Highlights:

Tomorrows Top Producer Logo FINAL

How to Improve Your Operation One Financial Marker at a Time

Moe Russell, Russell Consulting

Learn How to Play the Grain Marketing Game

Bill Biedermann, Allendale Inc.

Good Business Tips for Buying Used Machinery

Greg Peterson, Machinery Pete

Strategic Positioning for a Volatile Ag Environment

Mike Boehlje, Purdue University

How to Trade Around USDA Reports

Tommy Grisafi, Trade the Farm

For more information about the conference, a complete agenda and to register, visit

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