Prepare to Thrive

March 29, 2017 02:19 AM

The young farmer conference will feature management insights, networking


New farm leaders often assume a lot of responsibility quickly. As operators 40 and under take the reins of businesses from their predecessors, knowledge is a powerful tool for achieving success. One way to build those skills is the 2017 Tomorrow’s Top Producer conference happening July 20–21 in downtown Nashville. This year’s theme, “Prepare2Thrive,” encompasses two days of expert speakers who will share insights on management, commodity marketing, finance, diversification and communication. Families are encouraged to enjoy the amenities of the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel, where the conference will be held, and to see the sights and sounds of “Music City.”

This year’s general session speakers will include popular experts such as Purdue University ag economist Mike Boehlje, whose presentation is titled, “Business Strategies for Success in Turbulent Times.” Also on the mainstage is Curt Covington, senior vice president of agricultural finance for Farmer Mac. His presentation is titled, “Don’t Buy if You Can Lease. Don’t Lease if You Can Rent. Don’t Rent if You Can Steal.”

Attendees interested in diversifying revenue streams will hear from entrepreneurial young producers (listed above) who have found profitable and original ways to serve consumers and other end users. 

Meet future colleagues and business partners as part of table-topic sessions featuring group discussion of timely subjects such as grain marketing, crop insurance, technology and work-life balance. 

The event also will feature a live taping of the “U.S. Farm Report” Market Roundtable. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions of commodity analysts.

To register for the event, visit

Hear From These Farmers in Nashville

Jamie Walter of Whiskey Acres, an on-farm distillery in DeKalb, Ill., that transforms the corn grown on his family’s row-crop operation into premium spirits such as vodka, whiskey and bourbon.

Anna Brakefield of Red Land Cotton, a Moulton, Ala.-based business that manufactures and sells heirloom bed linens made from cotton grown from the red clay on her family’s farm operation.

Chris Noble of Noblehurst Farms, a Pavilion, N.Y.-based dairy and crop operation. Noble works closely with Craigs Station Creamery, a milk-processing facility, and Natural Upcycling, a business he developed to collect food scraps.

More Upcoming Events from Farm Journal Media

Many young producers grow and raise a diverse mix of crops and livestock that require specialized training and education. These events happening in the months ahead are worth putting on your calendar. To register, visit

Drover’s Cowboy College: Cow-Calf (June 20–21) Join us for the popular Drover’s Cowboy College focused on cow-calf producers. This is designed for those involved in the day-to-day care and welfare of their animals. 

Midwest Produce Expo (Aug. 14–16) The Midwest Produce Expo will feature a heavy dose of Midwestern hospitality, Kansas City jazz and barbecue and, of course, the most outstanding produce offered nationwide.

Drover’s Cowboy College: Feedlot (Aug. 16–17) This edition of Drover’s Cowboy College is focused on feedlot producers. It is geared toward producers who work with cattle on a daily basis and manage their care



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