Ag Bankers Conference

March 23-24, 2020 • Ames


2020 Preliminary Printed Schedule

Monday, March 23 – Scheman Building

7:45 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. Welcome & Introductions

8:40 a.m. Economic Outlook Agriculture
•Michael Swanson, Ag Economist, Wells Fargo
Ag Economist Michael Swanson will discuss agriculture trends and explore how ag systems connect and interact. His presentation will focus on grains and livestock, agriculture vs. food, land prices, and regulations. He will talk about the
importance of having an adaptive attitude in today’s agricultural marketplace and share why he thinks it’s great to be in agriculture!

10:00 a.m. Refreshment Break

10:20 a.m. Q&A with Michael Swanson

11:00 a.m. The Weather Outlook for the 2020 Growing Season
•Craig Solberg, Meterologist, Nesvick Trading Group
This presentation will include the following topics:
– A review the 2019/20 South American growing season
– A review of the 2019/20 U.S. winter
– A weather outlook for the 2020 spring planting season
– A weather outlook for the 2020 growing season
Craig will also discuss several studies from recent years that show that the Midwest spring/summer climate appears to be getting wetter.

12:00 p.m. Luncheon & Speakers: Going the Extra Mile
•Jim Miller, Emeritus Wrestling Coach, Wartburg College 

All great teams, businesses and organizations have people willing to go the “extra mile.” It’s what makes great teams great! Success can happen anywhere, even at a place where it hasn’t happened before, such as when Coach Miller took an underperforming wrestling team to the Best NCAA D3 team in history, at a college that had never won a National Championship in any sport. Coach Miller will share with you how that transformation took place, and how “Going the Extra Mile” makes a difference!

1:30 p.m. Livestock Update
•Dr. Lee Schulz, Associate Professor, Iowa State University 
Dr. Schulz will discuss 2020 livestock production, prices and forecasts.

2:30 p.m. Refreshment Break

3:00 p.m. Surviving Ag Problem Loans and Bankruptcy Cases: The Top 10 Things You Should Know
•Steve Turner, Attorney, Baird Holm LLP, Omaha
In this session, you’ll learn strategies you can employ to maximize recovery in the shortest period of time and with the least cost and expense. Learn about unique loan structure issues and problems associated with dealing with a workout of agricultural loans or bankruptcy cases.

4:00 – 5:30 p.m. Reception – Scheman Building

Tuesday, March 24 – Scheman Building

7:30 a.m. Full Buffet Breakfast

8:30 a.m. Crop Marketing Outlook
•Dr. Steve Johnson, ISU Extension & Outreach
Steve Johnson will discuss 2020 crop cost estimates, including corn prices and soybeans. He will also discuss 2020 crop margins.

9:30 a.m. Refreshment Break

9:45 a.m. Drivers and Wildcards for the Farmland Market Outlook
Dan Manternach, Perfect Fit Presentations
In this session, Dan will talk about current farm financial metrics, as well as how Iowa land trends and outlook compare regionally and nationally. He will also discuss how trade war pain will lead to long-term gain for U.S. farmers, as well as discuss how how aging farmers and the the Ag tech boom, equals faster generational turnover ahead.

10:45 a.m. Panel Discussion
Dan Manternach, Perfect Fit Presentations
A panel of banking experts will discuss current ag issues, including; the farm bill, ag policy and regulatory issues.
• Ed Elfman, ABA
• FDIC Representative
• Moderated by Bob Hartwig, Iowa Bankers Association

11:45 a.m. Luncheon & Speaker: China Enters “New Era:” What it Means for the U.S. and Global Agriculture
•Dr. Wendong Zhang, Assistant Professor of Economics and Extension Economist, Iowa State University

1:00 p.m. Adjourn