More than 650 farmers representing the country's largest and most progressive operations will convene in Chicago this week for Farm Journal's Top Producer Summit.
"More than a thousand people are expected to attend the event, which is set to be the industry's biggest gathering of the most progressive farm operations under one roof," said Doug Catt, Vice President, Crop Division, Farm Journal Media. "Producers are slated to come from 33 states, Canada and Australia, representing nearly four million acres of diverse agricultural production."
For the first time ever, Farm Journal is combining four events -- Top Producer Seminar, Tomorrow's Top Producer, Executive Women in Agriculture (EWA) and the Legacy Project Conference -- for a week of networking and education designed for executive farmers. This year's seminar theme, "Breaking Barriers," features more than 30 educational sessions for producers to hone their money, marketing and management skills.
"Some of agriculture's top thought leaders will be in attendance to share best practices and first-hand experiences that have made their operations more successful," said Catt. "Providing a forum for these conversations is what we do every day at Farm Journal, but we are honored to gather this audience for these meaningful discussions face-to-face at Top Producer Summit.
During the week, Farm Journal also is hosting the second annual Trust In Food Symposium, an all-inclusive field-to-table roundtable focused on scaling conservation agriculture and fortifying consumer trust. The event will host 150 executives from across the food value chain to discuss innovative strategies for rebuilding consumer trust in the U.S. food system.
Later this week at the event, Top Producer of the Year will be named. Sponsored by BASF, Rabo AgriFinance and Case IH, the Top Producer of the Year contest is in its 20th year and represents the best in the business of farming. Three finalists are chosen from among numerous applications by a panel of judges based on entrepreneurial originality; financial and business progress; and industry and community leadership.
Two other farmers will be recognized for their industry leadership during the Summit. The 2019 Tomorrow's Top Producer Horizon award will be given to a producer under the age of 35 who demonstrates excellence in the business of farming. It is sponsored by Pioneer.
New in 2019, the Executive Women in Agriculture Trailblazer award will honor a female producer who is an advocate for agriculture and represents an innovative farming or ranching operation. This award is sponsored by Corteva.
Learn more about Top Producer Summit at www.TPSummit.com. Sponsors include:
Platinum: BASF, Bayer, Case IH, Channel, Corteva, Fendt, Pioneer
Gold: Beck's Hybrids, John Deere, Rabo AgriFinance
Silver: AgXplore, FMC, Growmark, Richiger, Syngenta, Top Third Ag Marketing,
United Soybean Board, Valent
Bronze: Claas, CliftonLarsonAllen, Conservis, Granular, K·Coe Isom, Lincoln Financial, Midwestern BioAg, Solinftec, Transition Point