Production Journal

December 13, 2008 08:56 AM

Each January the nation's leading farmers gather at the Top Producer Seminar to better their businesses and meet other business-minded growers. The upcoming conference won't be any different. Registrations are already pouring in for the 2009 Top Producer Seminar set for Jan. 21 to 23 at the InterContinental Chicago.

Titled Growth for the Future, the conference allows leading business and ag experts help you adapt your farm to this new era of agriculture.

Featured speakers and topics include:
-Top Producer Market Strategy columnist Jerry Gulke on capturing value in the midst of a cooling market;
-Dick Wittman, renowned farm-business consultant, talks about managing cash flow;
-Effie Bernstein of Highline Capital and Ann Duignan of J.P. Morgan
examine the relationship of ag and Wall Street after the financial meltdown;
-Stanford University's Scott Rozelle evaluates the future of China's demand explosion; and
-Danny Klinefelter, Texas A&M University economist and founder of TEPAP (The Executive Program for Agricultural Producers), helps get you poised for the future.

New this year to the Top Producer Seminar is the Young Farmer Program. Held on Jan. 20, the focus of the day is on helping young and beginning farmers adapt business principles to their operations.

Young Farmer Program topics include:

-Are you getting a passing grade in farm management?
-Succession planning for the next generation
-Getting out of Dad's shadow
-Manage success with grace in rural communities
-How to evaluate capital purchase investments
-Building business and social networks
-Management accounting


Meet Our New Farm Journal Team Members

Beth Snyder
Her growing up in a small town, attending a consolidated rural high school and gathering a wealth of multimedia experience is just part of why we're excited to welcome Beth Howard Snyder as our Art Director. In the years ahead, you'll benefit from her deep respect for ag, her commitment to service journalism and her nonstop team-playing approach.

Gary Kass
We strive to make sure each issue of Farm Journal is as perfect as possible. Front and center in that effort is Gary Kass, our Copy Editor/Proofreader. Gary's impressive skills, his exacting attention to detail and his incredible dedication to producing a high-quality magazine are a valuable part of the behind-the-scenes effort that goes into each issue.

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