Tim Smith

Feb 07 2018

2018 Ag Outlook Event


Agriculture is evolving and Hills Bank is pleased to provide a day of education to help our customers stay current on trending issues. The 2018 Ag Outlook will include presentations on food policy, global agriculture and a long-term outlook, the upcoming growing season, and trends in farm equipment.

RSVP-online-buttonJoin us at 10:00 am on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at the Riverside Casino and Golf Resort for the 2018 Ag Outlook. The following speakers will present:

Mark Core
Vermeer Corporation, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer


Nine billion people. That is how many people we must feed by 2050. Mark Core’s presentation will focus on “who will do the work” as we embrace that challenge. The entire agriculture chain, including manufacturing, retailers, farmers, and processors, is already being challenged on a daily basis to find the human capital to accomplish the work. What can be done to alleviate this pain?  How will the challenge affect rural sociology dynamics?

Keith Wiebe
International Food Policy Research Institute, Senior Research Fellow


Markets and weather change on a daily basis, and policies change from year to year, but what can we say about agriculture over the longer term? This presentation will explore some of the big challenges and opportunities facing agriculture looking several decades ahead to mid-century. These include factors that will affect demand for agricultural commodities (such as changes in global population, incomes, and diets – especially in developing countries), as well as factors that will affect production (such as changes in technology and climate). Keith Wiebe will share results from recent global analyses and discuss how this kind of information can help us plan for the challenges of the future.

Paul Georgy
Allendale, Inc., Chairman of the Board


Paul Georgy is the co-founder of Allendale, Inc., a worldwide agricultural advisory and research firm. The firm provides agricultural commodity price research and risk management alternatives for producers, major food companies, international corporations, foreign governments, and major news vendors. Join us for Georgy’s comments on La Niña, its impact on the 2018 growing season, and how the markets could respond. Georgy will also discuss the prospects of increased US grain demand as global supplies continue to grow, and he’ll share hedge strategies you can use with your banker.

Greg Peterson
Machinery Pete


Machinery Pete is the most trusted source for information about used farm equipment. Greg Peterson, known as Machinery Pete, has built a network of 1,000 regional auctioneers, 600 agriculture lenders, 2,000 implement dealers, and thousands of farmers. Peterson is the multimedia expert on used equipment values for Farm Journal Media, including print and broadcast. He will share trends in used equipment values and stories surrounding farm equipment.

Schedule of Events

  • 9:30 – 10:00am: Registration
  • 10:00 – 11:00am: Mark Core
  • 11:00 – 11:15am: Break
  • 11:15am – 12:15pm: Keith Wiebe
  • 12:15 – 1:00pm: Lunch
  • 1:00 – 2:00pm: Paul Georgy
  • 2:00 – 2:15pm: Break
  • 2:15 – 3:15pm: Greg Peterson
  • 3:15 – 3:30pm: Closing

Please RSVP by March 1st, 2018 by calling 319-358-2261 or online here. 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, Inc.Iowa State University Extension; KDK Sales & Equipment; 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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