Tim Smith

Feb 24 2016

2016 AG Outlook Event

2016 Ag Outlook

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.

RSVP onlineJoin us at 10:00 am on Thursday, March 3, 2016 at the Riverside Casino and Golf Resort for the 2016 Ag Outlook. The following speakers will present:

Using Your Data to Make Better Decisions
Dan Frieberg, Premier Crop Systems, LLC

Dan Frieberg Premier Crop Systems, LLCSince 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

David Oppedahl Federal Reserve Bank of ChicagoWe 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

Dr. John Lawrence Associate Dean College of Ag & Life SciencesDr. Lawrence will provide an update on the work that the SE Iowa Research Farm is currently conducting. His update will include an overview of crop research and alternative cropping methods.

Finding Optimism in the Ag Markets
Elaine Kub, Author of Mastering the Grain Markets

Elaine Kub Mastering the Grain MarketsSet 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 Brick Gentry Law FirmEldon 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.

Tim Smith

About Tim Smith

Tim Smith is a Senior Vice President, Commercial Banking Team Leader at Hills Bank’s Iowa City South Gilbert Street location. He has been at Hills Bank since 1980 helping businesses and individuals with their banking needs. Tim was raised on a dairy farm in Newton, Iowa. Tim attended college at Iowa State University and Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is an active volunteer in his community, especially with the Iowa State Extension, 4-H Foundation, and Zion Lutheran Church. He also enjoys fishing, farming and woodworking. Tim can be reached at tim_smith@hillsbank.com.

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