Ag Bankers Conference

March – April • Zoom


Monday, March 21st

7:45am Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30am Welcome & Introductions

8:40am Dr. David Kohl

Dr. Kohl’s extensive work experiences with a wide range of groups including ag producers, agribusinesses, and lenders give him a unique pulse on trends that will impact the landscape of agriculture. Whether it is changing consumer trends, technology, global issues, international trade or the transition from baby boomers to millennials and generation Z, or the urbanization of global populations, this session is designed to link the global perspectives down to the business level. There is an old saying, “think globally, but act locally” which is critical for the proactive business person attempting to gain a strategic advantage.

10:00am Break

10:20am Q & A with Dr. Kohl

11:00am Break

11:15am Livestock Update
Lee Schulz, Associate Professor, ISU

Dr. Schulz will discuss 2022 livestock production, prices and forecasts.

12:00pm Lunch & Speaker
Mike Naig, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture

Mike was elected as the 15th Iowa Secretary of Agriculture in November 2018. He previously served as the Deputy Secretary at the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. Mike grew up on a family farm in the northwest corner of the state near Cylinder, Iowa and he continues to be involved in the operation today. He is a graduate of Buena Vista University in Storm Lake with degrees in biology and political science. He and his wife Jaime have three boys.

1:30pm Eric Snodgrass, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Weather Risk in Agriculture

Weather is often a major source of volatility in Ag markets and when the weather is severe, it can turn a well-managed operation upside down in a matter of minutes. Technologies surrounding weather prediction and monitoring are rapidly evolving and accurate weather observation and forecasting is an integral part of every farming operation.

2:30pm Refreshment Break

3:00pm Greg Lyons, Economist
Farmer Mac

Current trade policy and its impact on Iowa agriculture, with an emphasis on China.

4:00-5:30pm Reception

Tuesday, March 22nd

7:15am Full Breakfast

8:15am Dr. Steve Johnson, ISU Extension & Outreach
Crop Marketing Outlook

Steve Johnson will discuss 2022 crop cost estimates, including corn prices and soybeans. He
will also discuss crop margins.

9:15am Break

9:30am Dan Manternach, Commstock Investments, Inc.
Drivers and Wild Cards for the Farmland Market Outlook

In this session, Dan will give a “report card” on key farm financial health metrics, as well as how Iowa land trends and outlook compare regionally and nationally. He’ll include some “wildcards” lurking that could disrupt; then close with why aging farmers and the “ag tech boom” portend faster generational turnover ahead among legacy farms.

10:30am Break

10:45am Panel Discussion moderated by Bob Hartwig

Bob Hartwig, IBA Legal Counsel, Moderator
Pete Angus, Bank Analyst, IDOB
Ed Elfmann, VP of Ag Policy, ABA
Dr. John Crespi, Iowa State University

11:45am Lunch & Speaker
James Olsen, former CIA Chief of Counterintelligence
To Catch a Spy: The Art of Counterintelligence

James Olson, takes the audience into the real world of spying by discussing several cases of
Americans he knew personally who sold out our country for money, ego, or sex. He emphasizes that America is the target of several foreign intelligence services, most notably the Russians, Chinese, and Cubans, who are aggressively stealing American secrets, intellectual property, and technology. America’s  adversaries are also using cyber to hack into our classified data bases, financial sector, and electrical grid.

1:00pm Adjourn

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