As agriculture has evolved, so has Hills Bank. To help our customers stay current on trending issues, we are proud to bring you the 2016 Ag Outlook. This year’s presentations will include precision farming, economic outlook, grain marketing, and agriculture law.
Using Your Data to Make Better Decisions
Dan Frieberg, Premier Crop Systems, LLC
Since 1999, Premier Crop Systems has been the best kept secret in precision agronomy. Premier Crop Systems is a behind-the-scenes data analysis backbone that has enabled hundreds of agronomic advisors to “think deeper” with thousands of their growers by identifying and correcting yield limiting factors. With providing detailed data, producers can make difficult agronomic decisions more easily.
Agriculture and the Economy: A View from the Chicago Fed
David Oppedahl, Federal Reserve – Chicago
We are in the midst of economic uncertainty. What exactly is the direction of the U.S. economy and monetary policy? How will it affect incomes for agriculture? What does it mean for farm debts and assets? Will farmland values change in the next year? How will this affect availability of agricultural credit?
College, Research Farms, and Extension and Outreach
Dr. John Lawrence, Iowa State University
Finding Optimism in the Ag Markets
Elaine Kub, Author of Mastering the Grain Markets
Set yourself up to succeed in this market—and beyond. Identify where the current regional grain basis markets are and identify the trends in the underlying futures markets. Elaine will share her thoughts on:
- Diversification—its impacts on overall Ag industry and for individual producers.
- Competition—the merger & acquisition landscape of the agriculture industry.
- Global weather impacts on potential grain price optimism.
Ag Law and Regulations: A Practical Perspective for Producers
Eldon McAfee, Brick Gentry Law Firm
Eldon McAfee is a former farmer and leading agriculture attorney. Eldon will present an overview of regulations and legal issues for livestock producers. He’ll also discuss what the Des Moines Waterworks lawsuit means to producers, and conclude with other legal issues, including farm leases, and drainage law. Eldon will be glad to take questions on any topic of agriculture law.
Schedule of Events
- 9:30-10:00am: Check-in/Networking
- 10:00-11:00am: Dan Frieberg
- 11:00-12:00pm: David Oppedahl
- 12:00-12:45pm: Lunch
- 12:45-1:00pm: Dr. John Lawrence
- 1:00-2:00pm: Elaine Kub
- 2:10-3:10pm: Eldon McAfee
- 3:10-3:30pm: Closing Comments
Please RSVP by February 26, 2016. This event is brought to you free of charge, thanks to the following sponsors: Ag Risk Insurance; Agri-Management Services; Agri-way Partners, LLC; Eldon C. Stutsman, Inc.; Hertz Farm Management; Iowa State University Extension and Outreach; LattaHarris, LLP; and Sinclair Tractor.