7 Must-See Speakers At 2017 Tomorrow's Top Producer

May 8, 2017 12:00 PM

New farm leaders often assume a lot of responsibility quickly. If you are taking the reins of a farm business from your predecessors, you understand that knowledge is a powerful tool for achieving success. One place to build those skills is at the 2017 Tomorrow's Top Producer conference happening July 20-21 in Nashville.

Here are just a few of the business-focused and inspirational speakers on this year’s agenda.

Mike Boehlje

Business Strategies for Success in Turbulent Times

Mike Boehlje, Ag Economist, Purdue University

Mike Boehlje has devoted his career to helping farm and agribusiness managers understand the economic and financial consequences of their decisions. The fundamental focus of his work has been to integrate concepts of economics, finance and strategy to solve farmers' problems.

Curt Covington

Don't Buy if You Can Lease. Don't Lease if You Can Rent. Don’t Rent if You Can Steal It.

Curt Covington, Senior Vice President, Ag Finance, Farmer Mac

Curt Covington joined Farmer Mac in 2015 as the senior vice president of agricultural finance. He leads Farmer Mac's business development efforts in the Farm & Ranch and USDA Guarantees business segments. His extensive experience in agricultural lending spans over three decades. 

Dino Giacomazzi

What's Your Kodak Moment? Managing Change in a Disruptive World

Dino Giacomazzi, Giacomazzi Dairy, Hanford, Calif.

Dino Giacomazzi is the fourth generation to manage his family's dairy farm founded in 1893 by his great-grandfather. He has led his family farm since 2002. Before returning to the family farm, Dino had a 13-year career in the music and internet industries. 

Bob Grace

Transitioning from a Doer to Manager

Bob Grace, The Leadership Effect

Bob Grace is an industrial and organizational psychologist and has been consulting with organizations since 1990. Bob brings a strong ability to focus team support on improvement efforts and to develop measures of key organizational factors. He has helped many organizations improve their culture and results.


Lessons from Entrepreneurs: Rethinking Today's Farm Businesses

Jamie Walter

Jamie Walter, Whiskey Acres, DeKalb, Ill.

Jamie's on-farm distillery transforms the corn grown on his family's row-crop operation into premium spirits such as vodka, whiskey and bourbon. 

Anna Brakefield

Anna Brakefield, Red Land Cotton, Moulton, Ala.

Red Land Cotton, an Alabama based business, manufactures and sells heirloom bed linens made from cotton grown from the red clay on Anna’s family farm operation.

Chris Noble




Chris Noble, Noblehurst Farms, Pavilion, N.Y.

Noblehurst Farms, a dairy and crop operation, is part of numerous initiatives including Craigs Station Creamery, a milk-processing facility, and Natural Upcycling, a business Chris developed to collect food scraps.


See the full Tomorrow's Top Producer Agenda!


NEW! Pre-Conference Workshop on Farm Finances and Marketing

Want to improve profitability for your farm operation? Join us for this pre-conference workshop on Wednesday, July 19. Through hands-on sessions, attendees will learn about commodity market analysis, the components of a marketing plan and the mechanics of developing a marketing plan for their operation. The cost is just $69! 

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