Ag Bankers Conference

March 18-19, 2019 • Ames


2019 Printed Schedule – Coming Soon.

Monday, March 18 – Scheman Building

7:45 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. Welcome & Introductions

8:40 a.m. Economic Outlook for Agriculture
•Dr. David Kohl
The agriculture industry is in a major economic transition. What will be the emerging trends impacting agriculture and rural America’s bottom line in the short and long run? What are the latest trends in agriculture? What can you to do position your business for this economic reset?

10:10 a.m. Refreshment Break

10:30 a.m. Q&A with Dr. David Kohl

11:15 a.m. Livestock Update
•Dr. Lee Schulz, Associate Professor, Iowa State University
Dr. Schulz will discuss 2019 livestock production, prices and forecasts.

12:00 p.m. Luncheon & Speakers
•Dave DeFazio, Strategy Corps

Subscription services are becoming the dominate strategy of today’s best retailers and have caused a monumental shift in the way people buy. More than 50% of all American households now subscribe to Amazon Prime, and more than 200 million people subscribe to this and other retail services such as Netflix, Spotify, Dollar Shave Club, Costco and AAA. Banks have a duty to understand these trends and drive their institutions beyond just transactions to connect better with today’s modern consumers.

1:30 p.m. Weather Risk in Agriculture : Predicting Chaos
•Eric Snodgrass, Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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.

2:30 p.m. Refreshment Break

3:00 p.m. Ag Technology: What You Need to Know
•Chad Colby, Colby AgTech
Chad Colby has his fingers on the pulse of the newest and best of agricultural technology, and he is generous in sharing that information with farmers and growers, agri-businesses and organizations, here in the U.S. and around the world. Chad will provide a technology update on the latest trends in Ag Technology.

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

Tuesday, March 20 – 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 2019 crop cost estimates, including corn prices and soybeans. He will also discuss 2019 crop margins.

10:00 a.m. Refreshment Break

10:15 a.m. Panel Discussion
A panel of banking experts will discuss current ag issues, including; the farm bill and ag policy and regulatory issues.

11:30 a.m. Luncheon & Speaker: Connecting the Workplace and Life Through F.U.N.
•Paul Long
Paul Long leveraged his concept of “Fundamism” to become the Kansas City Royals’ 2016 Fan of the Year while inspiring his employees, organization and an entire city! Paul’s philosophy of Fundamism is a deliberate approach to happiness in the workplace, and can be applied by anyone. Based on the core principle of F.U.N., Paul will elp you maximize your overall effectiveness at work and in life. This experience will provoke thought while leaving you with a strong understanding of specific actions to help improve your work environment.

1:00 p.m. Adjourn