Young Farmers: Don’t Miss this Event!

October 25, 2009 07:00 PM

Sara Schafer, Top Producer Business & Crops Online Editor
How can young farmers prepare to be successful? Where can young farmers meet and interact with their peers? How can they learn what works and doesn't work in farm transitions?
Answer: Top Producer's Young Farmer Program
Make plans to attend the second-ever Young Farmer Program on Jan. 26, 2010 in Chicago, Ill. Read about last year's Young Farmer Program.
Highlights of the event include:
  • "Does Your Management System Get a Passing Grade?” – Dick Wittman, Wittman Consulting
  • Practices of previous Top Producer of the Year Finalists panel discussion
  • "This is Not Your Father's Marketing Plan” - Scott Stewart, Stewart Peterson
Small group discussion and Breakouts include:
  • "How to Talk to Dad About Succession Planning”
    • Kevin Spafford, Legacy By Design
  • "Cultivating Life Outside of Work”
    • Lon Frahm, Frahm Farmland, Colby, KS
  • "Conflict Management on the Farm”
    • Hubert Brown, Kennedy & Coe, LLC
  • "Building Business and Social Networks” 
    • Brett Oelke, Extension Education, University of Minnesota
  • "How Young Farmers Can Build Credit”
    • Jacob Chapman, 1st Farm Credit, Ottawa, IL
  • "Experiences in Family Business Transition – What Works and What Doesn't”
    • Joe Kluender, Larson Allen, LLP
The evening keynote speaker will be John Phipps, Farm Journal columnist and host of
U.S. Farm Report, along with son Aaron Phipps, who farms with John in Chrisman, Ill.
Event Information
  • $95 Early Bird Rate - Young Farmer Program ONLY, (valid thru Dec. 18)
  • $150 Regular Rate - Young Farmer Program ONLY, (after Dec. 18)
The Young Farmer Program is held in conjunction with the Top Producer Seminar. Young farmers can attend both the Young Farmer program and the Top Producer Seminar for $460 if registered before Dec. 18 or for $500 if registered after Dec. 18.
Jan. 26, 2010
InterContinental Chicago
Chicago, Ill.

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