Sunday - 5:00 pm Social Hour
Monday - Sessions from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Monday Evening Dinner Social for All
Tuesday - Sessions from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Seminar Concludes with Tuesday Sessions
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Founder - Colby Ag Tech
President - Brock Associates
Dr. David Kohl
Prof. Emeritus - Virginia Tech
Chad Colby grew up on his family’s Central Illinois farm; he says he was always the tech “geek,” and that has not changed. Beginning in April of 2016 Chad works full-time as the General Manager for Central Illinois Ag, a 5th generation Case IH dealership with locations in Central IL.
Chad developed AgTechTalk.com in 2013 to provide ag technology experts and enthusiasts with on-time information about the latest in technology advances. In 2015, Chad established Colby AgTech to further reach and inform agriculture’s most progressive farmers, companies and organizations. To date, Chad has provided information and demonstrations at a majority of U.S. agribusiness company and organization meetings, presented at hundreds of conferences and meetings, such as National Association of State Departments of Agriculture, Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, Commercial Drone Expo, Commodity Classic, Australian Summer Grains Conference, InfoAg and Farm Progress Show, and conducted hundreds of media interviews, including This Week in Agribusiness, WGN Radio, RFDTV Market Day Report, XM Satellite Rural Radio, Iowa Public Radio, and TV program Market to Market.
Richard Brock is owner and president of Brock Associates, an agricultural marketing advisory service and publisher of The Brock Report, a 20 page weekly fundamental and technical newsletter. His firm, based in Milwaukee, WI manages grain sales on over 500,000 acres throughout the U.S. and is an advisor on purchasing strategies for many large poultry, pork, dairy and food companies. Brock is on retainer with several agri-business firms for his input on strategic planning. He writes a monthly column for Delta Farm Press and Feed Stuffs magazines and speaks at over 50 conventions and conferences per year.
Richard grew up on the family grain and pork farm in central Indiana. He received his Bachelors of Science Degree in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University and his Masters Degree from Cornell University. He and his wife Cathy, have three grown children and five grandchildren.
David Kohl received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Agricultural Economics from Cornell University. For 25 years, Kohl was Professor of Agricultural Finance and Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia. Dr. Kohl is Professor Emeritus in the Agricultural and Applied Economics Department at Virginia Tech. Dr. Kohl has conducted more than 6,000 workshops and seminars for agricultural groups such as bankers, Farm Credit, FSA, and regulators, as well as producer and agribusiness groups. He has published four books and over 1,500 articles on financial and business-related topics in journals, extension, and other popular publications. Kohl regularly writes for Corn and Soybean Digest, and other ag lending publications.
Strategic Planning for Farm Operations & The Ten Golden Rules of Management
This informal nuts-and-bolts session with Dr. David Kohl will provide producers with important tools and benchmarks needed for the growth and transition of their farm operations. Specifically designed for farm operators who are seeking to expand, downsize, or transition to new management, this session will provide important financial benchmarks and the ten characteristics of successful operations. This
Jason has been a Brock Associates Marketing Consultant since 2005 and currently operates a branch office in Quincy, Ill. As a Senior Marketing Consultant, Jason works with a variety of producers across the country in developing and implementing marketing plans to best manage their price risk—from the undersold to oversold, small to large, and knowledgeable experts to inexperienced beginners.
The greatest concentration of clients he works with is in the South, as he has led the company’s expansion into cotton and rice consulting from corn, soybeans and wheat. Jason’s competitive advantage is his ability to discuss real farm management decisions with real perspective—a refreshing and helpful edge that comes from direct interest and involvement in his family’s corn, hog, and farm management enterprises.
As Chief Operating Officer and member of the Senior Management Team at Brock Associates, Jason is in charge of developing new products, improving customer development and streamlining customer relationship management. Jason’s pursuit of agricultural and business education includes a B.S. degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Illinois, a M.S. degree in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University and a M.B.A. from Indiana University. He resides in Quincy, Ill., with his wife and four children.
Mr. Kurt Barth is a Senior Grain Marketing Consultant and Director of Finance at Brock Associates, working with grain, cotton, dairy and livestock farmers in the Midwest as well as the Carolinas, Georgia, Arkansas, Mississippi and his home state of Wisconsin. Kurt is a botanist by education, having graduated from UW-Milwaukee in 1979.
His 35 + years of experience in the financial markets and running successful companies, combined with education and experience in plant sciences enable him to design individualized plans that integrate market outlook, cash flow needs, as well as on-farm storage and balance sheet analysis.
Mr. Barth is married to Candi-recently retired after 30 years as Operations Finance Analyst at MillerCoors. Kurt and Candi have two grown sons that live in SE Wisconsin. When they are not crunching numbers, they are chopping wood, hiking, kayaking, or skiing in the Kettle Moraine Forest where they reside
COO - Brock Associates
CFO - Brock Associates
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Dr. David Kohl
Director Application Technology - Amvac Chemical
Rick lives in Collierville, TN, and gained extensive experience in the seed chemical, and traits business with Monsanto, Delta & Pine Land, AgrEvo, and Elanco, and in the area of precision ag yield data analysis while working as technology director for AgVeritas during a joint assignment with Plant Health Care, plc and XS, Inc.
Rick will provide an update on AMVAC's development progress and ultimate commercialization plans for SIMPAS application equipment and technology.
SIMPAS is an acronym for Smart-Integrated-Multi-product-Prescriptive-Application-System, and it builds on the foundation of accurate at-plant, in-furrow chemical application that’s been the basis of AMVAC’s proprietary SmartBox application system for applying at-plant, in-furrow granular insecticides.
interactive program will allow participants to work through a scorecard worksheet and case study to more closely analyze their business, sustain profits, and make improvements along the way.
Dr. Fred Below
University of Illinois Agronomist
Dr. Fred Below
Dr. Fred E. Below is a Professor of Crop Physiology in the Department of Crop Sciences at the University of Illinois. He received his B.S, M.S, and Ph.D. degrees in Agronomy all from the University of Illinois, and he has been in his current position since 1985. His research is focused on understanding factors limiting crop productivity, particularly corn and soybeans. He is author or coauthor on more than 80 peer-reviewed manuscripts, numerous abstracts, books and proceedings chapters, and he has trained more than 60 graduate and postdoctoral students. He has taught introductory crops courses to undergraduates, as well as advanced courses to graduate students, and given numerous presentations at national conferences and local meetings. He developed the ‘Seven Wonders of The Corn Yield World’ and the ‘Six Secrets of Soybean Success’ as tools to teach farmers and agricultural professionals the value of their individual crop management decisions, and he is actively using these concepts to develop systems capable of sustainably producing high yield corn and soybean.
Presentation Topic: The Quest for High Yield Corn and Soybean
The ‘Seven Wonders of Corn Yield’ and the ‘Six Secrets of Soybean Success’ were developed as tools to teach farmers and agricultural professionals the value of their individual management decisions. In this presentation I will show what we have learned using these concepts, and how we are using them to develop cropping systems to aid in our quest for high corn and soybean yields.
Agronomy Lead - Farmer's Edge
"Digital Farming: Where we are and where we are going"
Shawntel grew up on a small farm and ranch in Oklahoma and went on to earn her bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University (OSU), majoring in plant and soil sciences.
She continued on to graduate studies, earning a Masters in Science and studying under the OSU’s precision nutrient management specialist. During her time as a graduate student, Shawntel participated in extension activities, was a guest lecturer in the precision ag class and, for a short time, taught an introductory course on plant and soil science.
In May 2016, Shawntel began working as a precision agronomist with Farmers Edge in the Northern Plains region, making her the first precision agronomist in the US. Within 10 months, she became a senior precision agronomist and began to mentor the newer US-based agronomists.
In January 2018, Shawntel was elevated into the role of Regional Digital Ag Lead. Her goal is to make it easier for growers to use and understand on-farm data in order to make more informed agronomic decisions.
North America Product Director -
Dir. Global Product Management & Technology - GSI
Lead Commercial Agronomist -
Jason was raised on grain farm in East Central Illinois located in Kankakee, Livingston, and Ford counties. Today he manages the family farming operation where he has been actively farming for 30 years.
After graduating from Illinois State University, Jason’s career began with Professional Farm Management at Pontiac National Bank located in Pontiac, IL where he managed farm tenants, grain marketing, on-farm research testing, seed selection, fertility programs, and annual reporting for absentee landowners.
To further enhance the opportunity for more on-farm research, Jason continued his career with Beck’s Hybrids and built their first Illinois on-farm research facility near Bloomington, IL in 2006. This research was designed to help growers understand various new products and technology coming to the commercial market, as well as challenging farmers to find new ways to increase yields and profitability. Thousands of farmers and industry representatives had the opportunity to visit the research farm each year to evaluate the agronomic practices being studied on the farm.
Jason joined Precision Planting in November of 2016 as Lead Commercial Agronomist. His responsibilities are to implement on-farm field trials, development of field trial protocols, and offering education and agronomic training to staff, dealers, and customers. Jason acts as the key researcher and educator for the Precision Planting Commercial team, dealers and growers. His experience bolsters on-farm research efforts and the capability to provide solid agronomic education for dealers and growers. Jason is an industry-leading expert in the agronomic and profit impacts of different farming practices.
Adam Weiss is the Director of Global Product Management & Technology at GSI, and has spent over 20 years bringing innovative products to market.
From Silicon Valley startups to massive Wind Turbines at General Electric, Adam has used technology to make products and customers more safe and efficient.
With dozens of patents and applications, Adam continues to drive innovation across GSI’s five global market segments, ensuring GSI is the technology leader in each of these segments.
Adam holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master’s of Business Administration. He currently lives in Central Illinois with his wife and three daughters.
A 42-year veteran of the Agricultural Equipment industry, Russ Green is the Director of Product and Brand Strategy for the North American region of the AGCO Corporation in Duluth, GA.
In this role, Russ is the captain of a team of marketing thought-leaders who work ‘behind the curtain’ to develop new agricultural products and innovations for the corporation. Using methods of product development, employee innovation and voice of the customer, Russ’ team is working on over 65 new product programs investing nearly $850 million in new product development.
An Iowa native, Russ and his wife Katy reside in Lexington, KY. Russ earned a BA in Education from the University of Northern Iowa, and later his Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.
Russ has developed other industry interests serving for four years on the Sponsors Board of the FFA Foundation and also participated on the FFA Foundation Board of Trustees, chairing this Board in 2014. In addition to his FFA involvement, Russ has been a contributor to the Editorial Advisory Board of AgriMarketing Magazine.
Russ is equally comfortable in the boardroom or in the cab of a combine, and enjoys his opportunities in the field to learn from the customer. When not talking product innovation with his team, you might find Russ in a duck blind pursuing his love for water-fowling. After all, he was the first runner-up to his brother Ron, the champion in the 1960-61, Des Moines Register and Tribune, Iowa State duck calling contest.
Executive Vice President
National Corn Growers Association
Jon Doggett is the Executive Vice President of the National Corn Growers Association. In this capacity, he leads efforts to expand NCGA’s alliances and strategic partnerships, to elevate its national profile.
He was promoted to this position in December 2014, from the post of Vice President, Public Policy, and continues to manage the organization’s 10-person Washington office and lead its public policy efforts.
Raised on his family’s Montana ranch, Doggett has substantial knowledge of production agricultural and more than 30 years of agricultural policy experience.
Prior to joining NCGA, Doggett served 11 years at the American Farm Bureau Federation, where he was the Bureau’s lead lobbyist on a number of public policy issues, including ethanol, climate change, land use, conservation, and endangered species.
While in Washington, Doggett also worked for the National Cattleman’s Beef Association/Public Lands Council and served as senior legislative assistant for former Montana Congressman Ron Marlenee (mar len aa). His ability to look at issues with a fresh perspective and find a common ground has been the cornerstone
of Doggett’s work in the legislative arena. In 2004, he was named one of the most influential lobbyists in Washington by The Hill newspaper.
Doggett has served as President of the Washington Agri-Business Club and currently sits on the Board of Directors of the National Institute of Lobbying and Ethics.
In addition to his public policy experience, Doggett was a stockbroker for Dean Ritter Reynolds and a district manager for Allis Chalmers Corp. He attended the University of Montana, where he majored in finance and journalism.
Doggett enjoys returning to his family’s ranch in Meagher County, Montana. He is an enthusiastic kayaker and is has earned a Sea Kayak Instructor certificate. Jon resides in Northern Virginia with his wife, Nancy. They have two adult children, Katie and Andrew, and the two most wonderful granddaughters in the whole world.
Founded in 1957, the National Corn Growers Association represents more than 40,000 dues-paying corn growers and the interests of more than 300,000 farmers who contribute through corn checkoff programs in their states. NCGA and its 48 affiliated state associations and checkoff organizations work together to help protect and advance corn growers’ interests.
Hertz Farm Management
KCOE - ISOM
Randy has over thirty-five years experience as a farmland professional in farmland brokerage, farm management, and appraisal.
He is a member of the Iowa and American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers, Iowa and National REALTORS® Land Institute, serving as National President in 2006. Randy is also a member of the Iowa Farm Multiple Listing Service, Central Iowa Board of REALTORS®, and Financial Planners Association. He has been recognized with the prestigious award of the Iowa Farm and Land Broker of the Year in 1991 and Land REALTOR® of America in 2010. Randy is a senior instructor for the REALTORS® Land Institute teaching courses in Land Brokerage, AgLand Brokerage, and Land Investment Analysis.
Randy has served as President for several community activities including the Nevada Rotary Club, Nevada Economic Development Council and the United Way of Story County. He has served on numerous committees of the Nevada United Methodist Church. Randy and his wife Liz have three daughters.
Doug will discuss the recent tax bill and what its impact on agriculture will be.
With his agriculture and accounting expertise, Doug is dedicated to helping ag business owners with financial, operational, and tax challenges. He brings over 20 years of experience working for agribusinesses involved in beef production, dairy operations, grain production, and marketing.
He serves as an advisor throughout the lifecycle of a business. Staying abreast of changes to tax regulations and financial reporting requirements, most of Doug’s conversations with business owners revolve around their goals, feeding his ability to apply effective strategies for tax planning, equity management, and cash flow creating results that greatly impact the day-to-day business.
Doug has a special passion for agribusiness with direct experience working at a feed yard and a grain company early in his career. Fostering long-term relationships and spending quality time with producers on-site at their operations is his favorite part of the job.