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Top Producer Seminar 2013 Recordings

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During the 2013 Top Producer Seminar, more than 1,000 people from across the country were exposed to today’s top minds in the industry. From marketing to management and succession planning to supplier relationships, producers gained intelligence that will increase their probability for success in the future.

Now it’s your chance to incorporate some of the highlights of the 2013 Top Producer Seminar into your management practices. Below you can listen to and watch recordings from the 2013 Top Producer Seminar.


Leading Your Farm Business in Tough Times

Milligan Robert Pic TP13 2Robert A. Milligan is senior consultant with Dairy Strategies, LLC, a business, leadership and human resource consulting business focused on the dairy industry. He is also professor emeritus in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University, but he is best-known in Extension for developing and leading the PRO-DAIRY Program, a program that developed and taught leadership and management principles and concepts. Bob has received numerous teaching and Extension awards, including being named a J. Thomas Clark Professor of Entrepreneurship and Personal Enterprise and the National Association of Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Teaching Award of Merit. He lives in St. Paul, Minn.


Bring Your Farm to the Field - Business Technology and Tools

Giacomazzi, Dino Photo (3) TP13Dino Giacomazzi is the fourth generation to manage his family’s dairy farm, which was founded in 1893 by his Swiss-Italian great-grandfather. The dairy operation consists of 950 milking cows and 900 acres of cropland that provides corn silage, wheat silage and alfalfa for the cows. He is a promoter of sustainable dairy and farming practices and has several awards, including the 2012 Leopold Conservation Award for California, Sustainable Ag Champion by U.S. EPA in 2010, and was the University of California and Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Conservation Tillage Innovator of the Year in 2009. Dino’s work on strip-tillage of dairy forage crops has been published in numerous journals and techniques developed on his farm have been adopted throughout California.

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Post Election: What to Watch in Washington in 2013

Bernard, Roger Photo TP13Based in rural Iowa, Roger Bernard, policy analyst, joined Informa in April 2011 with nearly 30 years of experience in print and broadcast journalism. With Informa, he focuses his efforts on Informa Economics’ Issue Monitor and other Informa products and publications, such as Morning Comments. Prior to joining the company, Roger spent over 24 years with Pro Farmer newsletter, including 11 years in Washington, D.C., in the company’s Washington Bureau working with Informa’s Jim Wiesemeyer when both were employed there. Roger is very familiar with Washington agriculture, trade and government policy. His roles included providing news and information for several Farm Journal Media properties, including as Washington and Policy Editor for Farm Journal magazine, a role he served in since 2007. Roger began his career in broadcast journalism after attending the University of Minnesota and receiving a certificate in broadcasting from Brown Institute in Minneapolis.

12 Ways To Save Your Family Business

Deans, Tom Photo TP13Tom Deans is the president of Détente Financial Press, which specializes in teaching business wealth protection strategies to advisers and their business owner clients. Tom has shown thousands of business owners how to protect the retained earnings in their businesses. His unique experience leading a significant family business and selling it—something three generations of his family has done—offers a compelling new approach to protecting wealth and family relationships. Tom is also the author of the international best-selling book, "Every Family’s Business," and has been featured in numerous magazines and journals, including Profit, Money Sense, Investment Executive, Inc Magazine and the New York Times. A frequent guest on ABC, Money Line and BNN, Tom is a highly sought-after international public speaker on succession planning, wealth management and philanthropic giving.

Note: Only 20 minutes of Deans' presentation is included. Learn more about Deans' book.


Top Things I Learned from 20 Years of TEPAP

Klinefelter Danny PHOTODanny Klinefelter is a professor and Extension economist with Texas AgriLife Extension and Texas A&M University. He received his doctorate from the University of Illinois in 1979, where he was a National Science Foundation Research Fellow. He is director of The Executive Program for Agricultural Producers (TEPAP) and co-director of the Texas A&M Family and Owner-Managed Business Program. In addition, he serves as executive secretary for the Association of Agricultural Production Executives (AAPEX) and coordinator of the Planning the Return to the Farm/Ranch Program. He is also a member of the board of AgTexas Farm Credit Services and president of his family’s Illinois farm corporation and is chairman of the Advisory Committee for Farm Journal’s Top Producer Executive Network.


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