Stamp Your Ticket to Commodity Market Insights

December 16, 2015 12:00 PM
Jerry Gulke

The 2016 Top Producer Seminar kicks off in late January in downtown Chicago, and producers can expect to hear from experts in marketing, business management and more. There’s plenty of negativity about the ag economy these days, but don’t expect that to be the focus of this event. Instead, come to learn about the opportunities for better farm management and leadership in the new year.

Among the brand new features attendees can anticipate during the event running through Friday, Jan. 29 is an in-depth main stage session with Jerry Gulke, president of The Gulke Group, and a Top Producer columnist (read his latest column on page 63). He will share his insights for markets in the New Year alongside moderator Pam Fretwell, host of “Top Producer Podcast,” as part of a presentation titled “2016 Markets: Déjà Vu All Over Again?”

Click here to register for the 2016 Top Producer Seminar, happening Jan. 27-29 in downtown Chicago

Throughout the week, producers will receive a wealth of additional market insights from some of the most knowledgeable people in the industry. Here’s a snapshot of what you can expect by checking into the Hilton Chicago Hotel starting Wednesday, Jan. 27:

Jason Henderson of Purdue University will discuss how to position your business for long-term success.

Bill Kirk of Weather Trends will share his weather outlook for the year and review potential commodity price implications.

Jim Sutter of the U.S. Soybean Export Council will challenge producers to think globally about the wants and worries of U.S. customers.

Mike Walsten of LandOwner newsletter will moderate a panel on the trajectory of land values featuring panelists Jim Farrell of Farmers National Company, Stephen Kenney of Hancock Agricultural Investment Group and RD Schrader of Schrader Real Estate and Auction.

That’s only the first day. On Thursday, Jan. 28, you’ll watch live as “U.S. Farm Report” tapes its latest marketing roundtable segment featuring Chip Flory of “Market Rally,” Chip Nellinger of Blue Reef Agri-Marketing and Bill Biedermann of Allendale. Then dive into a comprehensive series of breakout sessions about topics including mergers and acquisitions for growth, tax planning, crop insurance strategies, succession planning and beyond.

Other highlights include keynote speaker Rudy Ruettiger, a legendary Notre Dame football player; main stage presentations by Richard Niemann of Niemann Foods; Chris Barron, president of Carson & Barron Farms, and a Top Producer columnist; and Curt Covington of Farmer Mac.

Don’t miss this annual opportunity for extensive business education and networking. To learn more or to register, visit

WHAT: Top Producer Seminar
WHEN: Jan. 27-29
WHERE: Hilton Chicago Hotel in Chicago

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