The saying goes that it’s sometimes difficult to see the forest for the trees. The same can be said for farming, where it’s often difficult to see the rewards for the risks.
During a special three-hour workshop Tuesday, Jan. 24 before this year’s Top Producer Seminar in Chicago, experts such as Mark Gold of Top Third Ag Marketing will help you identify the best tools you can use to manage around risk so that you can discover the revenue potential locked inside your operation. We’ll go in-depth with presentations on commodity marketing, finance and business management to ensure you have a clear understanding of the opportunities that you can enjoy when you safeguard your bottom line.
(Register for the 2017 Top Producer Seminar at topproducerseminar.com.)
Then stick around for the three-day Top Producer Seminar. The event kicks off with a welcome reception at 5 p.m. Jan. 24. Drop in as your travel plans allow and leave when you like to meet up with fellow conference-goers or grab a few extra winks for a busy three days of business education.
Learn And Network. Registration and the exhibition hall open at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25 in the Grand Ballroom. Grab a cup of coffee and settle in for a welcome message at 10 a.m. followed by mainstage speakers Mark Jensen of Farm Credit Services of America at 10:15 and Joe D’ Aleo of WeatherBELL at 11:15.
Learning sessions and lunch will start promptly at 12:30 p.m. and continue until 2:25. After a brief break, producers will reconvene in the International Ballroom to hear from Kelly Johnston of Campbell Soup Company, Paul Pittman of Farmland Partners and Richard Hadden, a human resources expert and author.
A cocktail reception from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. will precede the annual Top Producer of the Year banquet and award presentation. You’ll meet operators from three incredible U.S. farm operations who have overcome hardship to lead the industry in innovation, business management and agronomic practices.
Breakfast will commence early the next day at 7 a.m. before an 8 a.m. live taping of the “U.S. Farm Report” Market Roundtable featuring host Tyne Morgan and panelists Chip Flory of “Market Rally” radio, Peter Meyer of PIRA Energy and Top Third’s Gold. Breakout sessions will begin at 9:10 a.m. and continue throughout the morning and early afternoon with titles such as:
- “Crop Insurance Strategies for 2017,” led by Jamie Wasemiller of the Gulke Group
- “Future Farm Modules: The Pros and Cons of Collaboration,” led by Chris Barron of AgView Solutions and Paul Neiffer of CliftonLarsonAllen, both Top Producer columnists
- “Beyond the Simple Will: More Estate Planning Now, Less Fighting Later,” led by Polly Dobbs of Dobbs Legal Group
- “Confronting Communication Risks in the Family Business,” led by Carolyn Rodenberg of Alternatives to Conflict
- “Market Outlook 2017 – The Rest of the Story,” led by Tommy Grisafi of Advance Trading
Attendees will continue on Thursday with a series of engaging presentations, starting with lunch with former Olympic gold-medal-winning goalie Jim Craig of the 1980 “Miracle on Ice hockey team at 12:30 p.m. Dessert will follow Craig’s keynote. Producers will return to the International Ballroom at 2:45 p.m. to talk policy and the new presidential administration with Jim Wiesemeyer of Informa Economics. A networking reception is planned for 5 p.m.
Strong Finish. You won’t want to go anywhere on Friday because of the two powerful presentations planned that morning. Start the day by enjoying breakfast with our sponsors beginning at 7:30 a.m. At 8:30 a.m., Jerry Gulke, president of the Gulke Group and a Top Producer columnist, will share his outlook for commodity markets in a presentation titled “The New Reality of the Grain Global Marketplace.”
Our 2017 conference will conclude with further in-depth insights on the agriculture industry as David Kohl, professor emeritus at Virginia Tech University and president of AgriVisions, delivers a presentation titled, “Straight Talk, Straight Actions: Agriculture in a Changing Economy.”
The event will conclude at 10:30 a.m. with plenty of time for you to catch your flight or car ride home. We look forward to seeing you in Chicago for a fantastic 2017 event.
Thank you to the sponsors of the 2017 Top Producer Seminar!
Premier Sponsors: Advance Trading; BASF; Bayer; Beck’s; Cargill; Case IH; Channel; CropZilla; Dow AgroSciences; DuPont Pioneer; ESN; FarmersEdge; Farmers Business Network; John Deere; K-Coe ISOM; Soybean Premiums; Top Third Ag Marketing; Verdesian.
Co-Sponsors: AgYield; CliftonLarsonAllen; Gulke Group; Rabo AgriFinance; Zaner Ag Hedge.
Supporting Sponsors: BMO Harris Bank; Transition Point Business Advisors