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We are excited to offer a variety of educational workshops to aid attendees in their professional development & agricultural operations. This year, workshops fall under six tracks:

  • Business & Rural Development
  • Consumer Engagement
  • Member Engagement & Development 
  • Niche Agriculture & Marketing Opportunities
  • Public Policy & Advocacy
  • Technology 

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Concurrent Session 1
11:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Using DTN's proprietary Six Factors Strategies, Grain Market Analyst Todd Hultman has been a thought leader for farmers and agribusinesses on where commodity markets are headed, what signposts to watch for and what to do when those critical points occur. Hultman will discuss his unique view on the markets, how he uses technical and fundamental analysis to shape his view, and will outline where various commodity markets will be headed in 2019 based on trade, export and domestic demand, noncommercial interest in commodities versus other investments, and DTN's unique outlook for 2019 weather and crop production.

Speakers: Todd Hultman, Grain Market Analyst, DTN
Track: Business & Rural Development

Have you been looking to diversify the revenue of your farm while also making a positive environmental impact? Join us to learn the elements for converting waste into energy (renewable natural gas/electricity). We will cover the criteria that makes a farm a good candidate for a biogas project, steps to initiate discussions about a biogas project on your farm, positive environmental impact of biogas projects, and new economic opportunities biogas projects create for your farm and local community.

Speakers: Gov Graney, Co-Founder; Managing Member, Nacelle
Gov Siegel, Founder, Avolta
Track: Business & Rural Development

Storytelling is both an art and science and it is what keeps consumers interested. For years, agriculture’s critics have been beating us with their fabricated innuendo of dastardly deeds in documentaries. While many of us know we should be telling our farm’s story, we haven’t necessarily put the time and energy into it to be sure we can be impactful. This workshop will showcase the elements of good storytelling and help participants begin constructing narratives about the reality of farming that will be as compelling as any documentary. And better yet, it will be personal & true!

Speaker: Janice Person, Online Engagement Director, Bayer
Track: Consumer Engagement

If you glance back at 100 years of Farm Bureau, you can see the progress made; from a time when people had a direct connection to agriculture, to the resurgence in interest of those connections, creating an exciting opportunity, while staying true to our roots. Many schools are incorporating gardens, attempting to connect students back to these roots. Let’s embrace this opportunity and expand that connection to modern food and farming! Learn about trends in urban gardens, the impact that they have, how we can use this renewed interest to engage while focusing on local concepts and seeding new connections.

Speaker: Val Wagner, Vice Chair, AFBF P&E Committee
Track: Consumer Engagement

This isn’t your grandpa’s organization anymore! Times have changed, society has evolved, generations have turned, the American way of life has been redefined, and priorities have shifted. Expectations of communities, organizations and people are drastically different than they were at the turn of the century. Members and volunteers expect organizations and their programs to be cleaner, greener, skill-based, outcome-oriented, schedule-friendly, flexible and efficient. This workshop will focus on 10 ways that members volunteers are markedly different and will identify strategies that can be implemented to adjust to these changing expectations in order to expand the organization and its programs.

Speakers: Ken Culp, III, Principal Specialist University of Kentucky, College of Agriculture
Track: Member Engagement & Development

How can you make an impact in agricultural literacy in your community? What resources area available to help you share YOUR story? Join us for a fun, engaging session brought to you by national leaders in agricultural literacy: The National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization and American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture. Become familiar with each organization and the resources they offer. Leave with tools to make your job easier and help move the needle in consumer awareness about agriculture.

Speakers: Rick Henningfeld, Education Specialist, American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture
Tammy Maxey, Sr. Education Manager, Ag in the Classroom, Virginia Farm Bureau
Track: Member Engagement & Development

In an effort to keep the farm profitable for the next generation, the Alexandre family has spent the past 25 years pursuing specialty markets and added value while capitalizing on their 6,000 irrigated acres producing premium milk, meat, and eggs. Through innovation in the dairy case by utilizing unique filtration and ultra-violet treatment for extended shelf life, their efforts with unique size and shape packaging allows for large scale distribution. The Alexandre’s have adopted the philosophy that consumers have a right to pay extra to get more', and have become one of the premier sources for A2/A2 dairy products.

Speakers: Blake & Vanessa Alexandre, Alexandre Family Farm
Track: Niche Agriculture & Marketing

Have you wondered about what it takes to transition to organic farming, but didn’t know who to ask? Carolyn Olson, an organic row crop farmer from Minnesota, will share her experiences from the past 20 years regarding the challenges and rewards of organic agriculture. She will cover topics such as weed control, seed selection, how to become certified organic and more. Questions will be welcomed.

Speaker: Carolyn Olson, Organic Row Crop Farmer Minnesota
Track: Niche Agriculture & Marketing

Effective advocacy is built upon a foundation of established relationship. As a grassroots advocate, it is essential that you build relationships with your local, state and federal elected officials before you need them. Based on lessons learned from working on a local ballot measure campaign, this workshop will provide practical, effective, and immediately applicable information on different ways to engage and educate elected officials though direct communication, outreach events, and coalition building. During this workshop you will be encouraged to create an engagement plan that can be utilized as a roadmap for building new relationships with your elected officials.

Speaker: Angi Bailey, Grassroots Coordinator, Oregonians for Food and Shelter
Track: Public Policy

The New York Times recently called the double helix “most iconic image of the 20th century,” and that is anything but fake news. In this interactive talk, hear presenters from Genus discuss their burgeoning technological advancement to combat Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus, PRRSv, a devastating swine disease for which there is no cure. Participants will learn the fundamental biology buzzwords “CRISPR,” transgenesis, and more, as well as current and future applications for gene editing. The discussion will include the unified pork industry strategy to ensure market and consumer acceptance and the methodical steps taken to avoid the consumer-fears over modern agriculture technologies of the past.

Speakers:Steve Brody, Global Director, Regulatory & Government Affairs, Genus PLC
Track: Technology

Through this session, participants will walk away with information about starting a STEM driven high school agriculture class called Uses of Unmanned Systems in Agriculture. This is a one-year course developed by Florida Farm Bureau, University of Florida and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Students will master flying techniques and use the data collected to make recommendations to agriculture production systems. After successful course completion, students will walk away with an impressive flight log and have the knowledge to sit for the two industry certifications: the FAA Part 107 exam and the AEST Unmanned Aircraft Systems in Agriculture Specialist exam.

Speakers: Keitha Bennett, AEST Director, Florida Farm Bureau
Douglas Fisher, Agriculture Teacher, Pearl River High School
Sam Harris, UAS Program Director, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Gustavo Junco, S. Florida Regional Manager, Asst. Professor Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Track: Technology

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Concurrent Session 2
1:30-2:15 p.m.

With challenges in the farm economy and potential (or recent depending on status of Farm Bill) changes to farm policy, how can you manage financial risk? Zero in on the impact various current economic and policy scenarios have on your bottom line. Learn how to benchmark against modeled scenarios and explore the impact your current farm business decisions can have on your farm financial health over the next five years using a modeling tool developed by the Gardner Agriculture Policy Program at the University of Illinois.

Speaker: Krista Swanson, Research Specialist, University of Illinois
Track: Business & Rural Development

According to recent research, U.S. veterans & military families are twice as likely as the general public to be victimized for frauds, scams and identity theft. An AARP survey found 80% of veterans say they’ve encountered veterans-specific scams related to their military service or benefits. Join nationally-recognized financial fraud expert and former investigator Doug Shadel to learn basic tips on how to keep you and your family protected from con artists and their savvy schemes. It’s part of AARP’s free Fraud Watch Network and alliance with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service – “Operation Protect Veterans.” Find out more: or #AARPsalutesVets.

Speaker: Doug Shadel, State Director, AARP Washington
Track: Business & Rural Development

Sponsored by AARP

What causes more deaths than motor vehicle crashes and gun violence combined? Opioids. Deaths related to opioid use have increased 2-fold in the last decade. Rural America is being hit especially hard, and 74 percent of rural Americans say they have been impacted by opioid addiction. In this session we will explore the perspective from a medical provider and a husband and wife, that have dealt with families and the children that are the results of being addicted to opioids.

Speakers: Matt & Colbie Niswander, YF&R Committee, Tennessee Farm Bureau
Sherrie Lou Tate, Staheli Family Farm, Utah
Track: Business & Rural Development

Okanagan Specialty Fruits Vice President Jennifer Armen will share the road that has lead to the development and commercial introduction of nonbrowning Arctic® apples. From the science to public reaction and consumer outreach, attendees will learn what it takes to bring a new bioengineered food to market and gain insights on what’s to come.

Speaker: Jennifer Armen, Vice President, Okanagan Specialty Fruits, Inc.
Track: Consumer Engagement

Writer and photographer Laura Nelson will share the legacies of leaders who made Montana Farm Bureau history. More importantly, you’ll see how those legacies are alive in our members today through photographs, stories and lessons learned in the research library, on the road and behind the lens. You’ll glean history writing tips, research resources and ideas to bring your Farm Bureau legacies to life in a way that builds community, unity and energy into your organization today.

Speaker: Laura C. Nelson, Writer, Photographer & Historian, Montana Farm Bureau Federation
Track: Member Engagement & Development

It is no secret that agriculture is one of the most dangerous professions in the world. As a grassroots organization, what can Farm Bureau members do to incorporate a culture of safety into their local Farm Bureau programs? Attendees will have the opportunity to understand the impact that agriculture injuries have on the family farm as well as take away ideas that will allow them to plan safety programs and educational events for their members on a local or state level.

Speaker: Amy Johnson, DNP, FNP-C, Centra Medical Group-Bedford
Track: Member Engagement

Building a business plan based on a differentiated product that is in demand is essential to the success of any business. "You can’t sell the same thing cheaper than a big box store.” Identifying and understanding today’s consumer-driven changing food market is paramount to building solid business and branding strategies. Direct marketing agriculture’s mindset of more margins per acre or animal is a 180° shift from production-oriented commodity agriculture.

Speakers: Adam Moody, Farmer & Entrepreneur
Track: Niche Agriculture & Marketing Opportunities

Federally outlawed for the last 50 years, industrial hemp is now making a comeback. The 2014 Farm Bill gave states the authority to establish hemp pilot programs to study its growth, cultivation and marketing. To date, roughly 35 states have taken advantage of the opportunity. Hear from an expert panel on the politics, agronomics and economics of this emerging multi-billion-dollar industry in markets covering agriculture, textiles, building and construction, automotive, food and beverage, personal care products, supplements and the biomedical and high-tech industries. With tens of thousands of potential uses, this panel will provide you with valuable insight on how America's farmers can maximize profits with this crop.

Speakers: James Comer, Congressman, U.S. House of Representatives
Ken Anderson, Founder and President, Legacy Hemp, LLC
Jonathan Miller, Attorney, Frost Brown Todd Attorneys, LLC
Katie Moyer, Kentucky Hemp Works
Track: Niche Agriculture & Marketing Opportunities

The issue of animal care and production livestock welfare has made headlines across our country. Insuring the care and welfare is a priority and unacceptable behavior and treatment of livestock is not tolerated. Recent incidents have found abuse has been inflicted by nonfarmers, yet the reputation of livestock farmers and ranchers has suffered. Tennessee’s agriculture community joined together to develop a nonprofit organization that coordinates resources and supports government programs that address livestock welfare and abuse. This panel will showcase the steps to provide successful protocols and training in your state to facilitate rapid response to livestock abuse issues/complaints.

Speaker: Keith Harrison, Assistant Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Ag
Samantha Beaty, Staff Veterinarian, Tennessee Department of Ag
Hannah Thompson-Weeman, Vice President of Communications, Animal Agriculture Alliance
Lou Nave, AFBF WLC; Executive Director, Farm Animal Care Coalition of Tennessee
Kevin Hensley, Public Policy Associate Director, Tennessee Farm Bureau
Track: Policy/Advocacy

Farm Bureau members have been working for over 20 years for a solution to agriculture’s labor needs. The H-2C program proposed in the last session of Congress reflected many AFBF policies and its failure was a significant setback. It may be years – if ever – when legislation is introduced that so closely aligns with the policies our grassroots leaders have determined we need. Many members are now asking: What does the future hold? Where will farmers and ranchers get the workers they need? Is H-2A a solution? If not, what are the alternatives? Hear from a panel of growers and labor experts on how they are seeking solutions to this persistent need. Come with your questions about the issue, the policies, the politics, and the nuts-and-bolts considerations that affect your operations.

Moderator: Paul Schlegel, Managing Director, Public Policy, AFBF
Speakers: Bob Boehm, General Manager, Great Lakes Ag/Labor Services LLC
Leon R. Sequeira, Private Attorney, LRS Law
Track: Policy/Advocacy

An industry panel, led by Corteva President of Crop Protection Business Platform Susanne Wasson on using innovation to place cutting edge tools in the hand of growers to increase productivity and tackle challenges, including sustainability. Panelists include experts on:

  • Digital Ag

Moderator: Susanne Wasson, President of Crop Protection Business Platform, Corteva
Speakers: Trey Hill, Grower, Delaware
Billi Hunt, Executive Director, Cultivation Corridor
Mike Paustian, Pork Producer, Iowa
Track: Technology

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Featured Session
2:30-3:30 p.m.

"Science no longer carries the weight it once did, and in fact, it may simply be discarded by a growing number of consumers who look to social sources of information to guide their decisions. Doubters have declared war on scientific consensus.
What does it take to earn the trust in innovation that’s imperative to sustainably increasing food production to meet global demand? It’s not about science.
Charlie Arnot, CEO of The Center for Food Integrity (CFI), details a specific approach to making complex and controversial technical information meaningful and to earning trust in the industries using science to innovate.

Speakers: Charlie Arnot, CEO, The Center for Food Integrity
Track: Consumer Engagement

This workshop will cover the many trade issues affecting farmers and ranchers for 2019. The diverse impacts of tariffs, the outcomes of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the future of relations with China, the opportunities of a trade agreement with Japan and the meaning of potential trade negotiations with the European Union and Great Britain are all critical for the future of agricultural exports and the growth of American agriculture.

Speaker: Dave Salmonsen, Senior Director, Congressional Relations, AFBF
Track: Policy/Advocacy

Monday, January 14, 2019

Concurrent Session 1
8:00-8:45 a.m.

Are your transition and financial plans complete? You can’t predict the future but you can plan for it. So why don’t plans address the escalating costs of long-term care? One survey estimates that in 20 years, a one year stay in a nursing home will increase to $154,920 and the cost of a home health aide will be almost $89,000 a year. While the financial costs to the family and business can be devastating, they don’t stop there. There are often physical, emotional and relational costs. We will discuss the available options that can help you face the realities and deal with the uncertainties, so your plans can stay on track.

Speaker: Steve Hamilton, Director, Advanced Consulting Group, Nationwide
Track: Business & Rural Development

How do you transform outlook into a marketing approach that can make a meaningful impact on your business? Join market advisor Bryan Doherty, Stewart-Peterson’s highly engaging and sought-after vice president, as he delivers an in-depth outlook on the grain and livestock markets. Leverage his nearly 30 years of experience as you learn how to execute on the clear advantages of a strategic, balanced marketing approach powered by marketing tools. Leave with two actionable resources written by Bryan, and be sure to watch out for him on a regular appearance on "US Farm Report" and other radio shows across the grain belt.

Speaker: Bryan Doherty, Vice President, Senior Market Advisor, Stewart-Peterson
Track: Business & Rural Development

Food waste is a growing problem in the U.S. with the average family throwing away 25 percent of the food they purchase. Consumers are taking note and are looking for ways to reduce food waste and save money. Come learn about the No Taste for Waste initiative, an effort to raise awareness about food waste and unite farmers and families in making changes to reduce it. The effort—a joint partnership between AFBF and several leading agricultural organizations—creates a unique opportunity to utilize farmers’ voices in the food waste conversation to tell a positive story about modern agriculture.

Speaker: John Boelts, Desert Premium Farms, Yuma, AZ; 1st Vice President, Arizona Farm Bureau
Stacy Carroll, Director of Sales & Partnerships, Hungry Harvest
Elise Golan, Ph.D., Director for Sustainable Development, Office of the Chief Economist, USDA
Jay Vroom, Chair, CropLife Foundation Board of Directors
Track: Consumer Engagement

If you believe the headlines, meat replacements, whether lab grown or plant-based, could be the next big thing in food. In this session, attendees will hear the latest update on these products from a registered dietitian and communications pros who monitor trends daily and will look at nutritional quality, food safety concerns, marketing techniques, and their cost. Speakers will share which groups and organizations are marketing these products to consumers and the tactics being used. You'll leave with a better understanding of these products, what effect they could have on your business and how to effectively communicate the benefits of meat and animal proteins.

Speakers: Hannah Thompson-Weeman, Vice President of Communications, Animal Agriculture Alliance
Eric Mittenthal, Vice President, Public Affairs, North Ameircan Meat Institute
Leah McGrath, Dietitian, BuildUp Dietitians
Track: Consumer Engagement

As a member, your agriculture experience provides a credible voice on the local school board, conservation board or as a leader in Farm Bureau. Farm Bureau’s grassroots policy impacts these groups and as population shifts continue to impact local communities, agriculture needs to be represented. Learn how you can make a difference and step-up and serve. This session will feature a panel of speakers that will share their inspiring stories, election best practices and identify possible pitfalls. Farm Bureau can extend the influence of common-sense democracy if you will consider taking the next step.

Speaker: Isabella Chism, Vice Chair, AFB Women's Leadership Committee
Amy France, Kansas Farm Bureau
Maxine Bell, Former Idaho State Representative
Penny Jordan, former President, Maine Farm Bureau
Marieta Hauser, Women's Leadership Committee, AFBF
Track: Member Engagement & Development

It doesn't matter if you farm organic or conventional, big or small we all face challenges, questions and opposition. This roundtable discussion is designed to open the eyes and minds of both farmers and consumers to the challenges that we all face in our different agriculture endeavors. We are often critical of what we don't understand, this consumer-led discussion will provide an opportunity to explore what really goes on in the fields across the country. Panel participants will be representing large conventional farms, small farms, niche markets, and organic farms from all over the United States.

Speaker: Sara Wayne
Rosella Mosby, Mosby Farms, Washington
Chris Pollack, Pollack-Vu Dairy, LLC, Wisconsin
Deb Gangwish, PG Farms, Inc. Nebraska
Track: Member Engagement & Development

As a Greek philosopher once remarked, “the only constant is change.” This session will focus on how to honor your roots and your family farm history, while simultaneously moving forward and changing with the times to stay viable in today's modern agriculture setting. It will feature successful farm diversification & change stories from a young farmer who has lived it, and won’t shy away from the hard conversations. Learn how to better interact with family, express your ideas, and work through the changes that might be needed to help you strengthen your family farm business.

Speaker: Shelby Watson-Hampton, Director, Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC)
Track: Niche Agriculture & Marketing

Regenerative Agriculture (RA) is a new burgeoning area with strong consumer interest. Come learn about what RA is and how leading practitioners across the industry are implementing it. A moderator (Jerry Lynch, Chief Sustainability Officer for General Mills) will lead a lively conversation with panelists representing unique perspectives covering the following topics: the actual definition, core practices and measurement tools, cost implications and how to think about a glide path to profitability.

Moderator: Jerry Lynch, Vice President, Chief Sustainability Officer, General Mills
Speakers Nate Powell-Palm, Montana Organic Producers
Jimmy Emmons, NO-Till on the Plains
Russell Hedrick, Soil Health Institute
Track: Niche Agriculture & Marketing

Tax reform dramatically changes how we compute taxable income and tax liability. Nearly all farmers and ranchers will see a lower tax liability. At the end of this session, the participant will understand how the Qualified Business Deduction will reduce tax liability, choices available for depreciation and how other provisions might affect a tax return. We’ll discuss changes to loss limitations and the easing of accounting method burdens. Hear it all straight from a person who was directly in contact with Congress on tax reform matters.

Speaker: Christopher Hesse, Principal, CliftonLarsonAllen LLP
Track: Public Policy & Advocacy

Join this discussion on the European Union's trade policy and its relevance for trade in agriculture, with a focus on the EU-US trade relations and EU-US trade on agricultural products.

Speaker: Jesus Zorrilla, Counselor on Agriculture, European Union
Lorenzo Terzi, Counselor on Food Safety, European Union
Sylvain Maestracci, Counselor Agriculture, French Embassy
Track: Public Policy & Advocacy

Precision Agriculture is improving agriculture in every region of the world. Methods such as Adaptive Learning technology are revolutionizing the insights gathered and made available for decision-making. The ability to manage, monitor and learn the weather with precision is one way farmers can improve their operations. However, many farmers don’t have access to actionable weather information. In this session, the speaker will highlight the privately funded DTN weather network, showing how it feeds localized updates directly to farmers and what that means to their bottom line. The speakers will also share how weather networks are expanding globally to reach more farmers.

Speaker: Jim Block, Chief Meteorologist, DTN
Track: Technology

Monday, January 14, 2019

Concurrent Session 2
9:00-9:45 a.m.

This workshop will help participants understand: how our bodies and brains fuel the stress response as we encounter conditions and situation common in agriculture; how that response can spin out of control; and the “throttles” we can find and use to turn down the stress response and regain control.

Speaker: Dr. John Shutske, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Track: Business & Rural Development

Federal investment in infrastructure is a prominent part of the policy debate in Washington and a priority shared by President Trump and Congress alike. Past infrastructure initiatives often focused on urban and suburban areas while not adequately addressing the unique needs of rural communities. AFBF is a member of the Rebuild Rural Coalition, a group of more than 220 organizations focused on rural communities and agriculture. The coalition advocates for investment in rural America’s infrastructure that recognizes rural America’s infrastructure needs are fundamentally different. Hear coalition members discuss the prospects for infrastructure policy in the coming year.

Speaker: Robbie Boone, Vice President, Government Affairs, Farm Credit Council
Mike Steenhoek, Executive Director, Soy Transportation Coalition
Spencer Tuma, Director, National Legislative Programs, Missouri Farm Bureau
Track: Business & Rural Development

More women are coming back to the farm, to their roots, to raise and run the legacy that is their family business. Advancement for women as leaders in family business requires strong, focused, and effective management skills, as well as a relentless passion for learning and development. KCoe Isom's Jeanne Bernick shares real stories of women ag leaders, along with advice on how to manage tough personnel situations, strengthen your leadership and find your passion. Tips include addressing work/life balance, managing family members and creating a strong culture within your organization.

Speaker: Jeanne Bernick, Principal, Market Strategist, KCoe Isom
Track: Business & Rural Development

Pitchforks, overalls, milking cows on a stool — these antiquated images litter the pages of children’s literature. We know that people are heavily influenced by what they read, and young people are no exception. In this session, you will hear about the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture’s new publishing company, Feeding Minds Press, which was created to publish accurate and engaging books about agriculture. You will also hear from children’s author Lisl H. Detlefsen. She will talk about her work as an author, her experience on a family farm and how she uses storytelling to connect readers to where their food comes from.

Speakers: Julia Recko, Education Outreach Director, AFBFA
Lisl H. Detlefsen, Author of “Right This Very Minute” and “Time for Cranberries”
Track: Consumer Engagement

How can we break through the noise of fake news to get the public the real news about agriculture? How can we prevent the spread of fake news and correct misinformation without alienating consumers? Seasoned news professionals Sabrina Hill and Brian Winnekins answer these questions and more in this interactive workshop session. They’ll discuss what to do if you see fake news in your local media, how to become a source of accurate information that reporters and editors will turn to and what steps to take in an interview to make sure the information you give is not misused.

Speakers: Sabrina Hill, Farm Broadcaster/Digital Director, American Ag Network
Brian Winnekins, Owner/Farm Director, WDRN
Track: Consumer Engagement

Interested in engaging with local or state level 4-H programs? The Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation and Tennessee 4-H have a long standing tradition of collaboration in a variety of methods. Join us as Tennessee 4-H and Tennessee Farm Bureau share tips and tactics related to partnerships in areas such as recruitment, livestock projects, leadership development, competitive events and Young Farmers and Ranchers programming. Participants in this workshop will learn best practices, gain 4-H point of contacts across the US and have the opportunity to learn about unique ways to connect with Extension.

Speaker: Dan Strasser, Director of Special Programs, Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation
Justin Crowe, Extension Specialist, 4-H Youth Development, University of Tennessee Extension
Track: Member Engagement & Development

This workshop will analyze and recommend innovative ways to get your message out using social media and video. A fun session that will focus on actual video footage and learning what works for viewers and what to avoid. Think of the session as “America’s Funniest and Most Educational Videos” and how you can do them too!

Speakers: Renee McCauley, P&E Committee, AFBF
Tom Nugent, Director of Human Resources, Michigan Farm Bureau
Track: Member Engagement & Development

Just because you’re a brown cow, not a black cow, doesn’t mean you’re not a cow. Learn about rethinking what you do, small or large, to add dollars to your bottom line by exploring a few questions: How can you meet a local need in the market? What are you currently doing that could be done slightly differently? Or are there radical changes on your operation that would completely set you apart and give you a competitive edge? We will explore a new way of viewing agriculture - one that is focused on profits and community value, not just size.

Speakers: Jim Shenk
Track: Niche Agriculture & Marketing

Many states are encouraging farm operations to engage in AgriTourism. It is also a good way to stimulate interest and income. But what about how your farm insurance program will respond? Learn how to speak with your agent/broker about what you want to insure and how best to cover it. Whether you are concerned with property or liability exposures, there is a best way to procure coverage, protect your assets and broaden the reach and educational opportunities for your farm.

Speakers: Casey Roberts, Principal, Laurus Insurance Consulting
Track: Niche Agriculture & Marketing

Have you wondered why the states east of Colorado have on average less than 4 percent federally administered lands, while those west of Colorado average more than 50 percent federally administered lands? Did you know public lands managed by western states are far more productive, have greater public access for recreation and other uses, and do not cost eastern states one dime, unlike federally managed public lands? This session will provide the historical context for the western public lands, the legal and constitutional support for turning them over to the states and the reasons why those living east of Denver should care.

Speaker: George R. Wentz Jr., Partner, The Davillier Law Group
Track: Public Policy & Advocacy

Monday, January 14, 2019

Featured Session
10:00-11:00 a.m.

American Farm Bureau Federation’s Market Intel team (a bunch of economists) will provide an updated outlook on U.S. farm policy and economic issues including commodity supply, demand and price projections, agricultural trade, tax policies, farm financial indicators and the status of the next farm bill. Following the updates AFBF Market Intel economists will participate in a lightning round Q&A session where workshop attendees can ask questions on key economic issues impacting their farm and ranch operations.

Speakers: John Newton, Chief Economist, AFBF
Veronica Nigh, Economist, AFBF
Michael Nepveux, Economist, AFBF
Megan Nelson, Economic Analyst, AFBF
Track: Business & Rural Development

The rural-urban divide is increasing as nuisance lawsuits and right-to-farm challenges spread across the country. The results are changing the landscape for many livestock producers. This session will provide unique perspectives as panelists discuss current trends, suggest actions that state Farm Bureaus can take and provide ideas that members can implement to strengthen their relationships with their neighbors and in their local community.

Moderator: Lorenda Overman, Women's Leadership Committee, AFBF Speakers: Harrison Pittman, Director, National Agricultural Law Center
Blake Hurst, President, Missouri Farm Bureau Federation
Andy Curliss, Chief Executive Officer, North Carolina Pork Council
Track: Public Policy & Advocacy

Hear the latest on the 2018 farm bill. The 2018 farm bill quickly advanced through both the House and Senate setting up months of conference negotiations. Come learn the latest on this important legislation and more details about risk management, conservation programs and crop insurance.

Speakers: Matt Erickson, Chief Economist, U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry
Katie Zenk, Professional Staff, U.S. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin C. Peterson (D-MN)
Trevor White, Professional Staff, U.S. House Committee on Agriculture
Track: Public Policy & Advocacy

Monday, January 14, 2019

Agricultural Drones: How to Maximize Your Investment and Avoid Potential Pitfalls
9:00-11:00 a.m.

Brought to you by AUVSI

Making sense of all the technology and solutions offered by UAS is enough to make anyone’s head spin. Our panel of experts provide important advice on the best equipment and strategies to employ when integrating drones into your enterprise.

Speakers: Sam Harris, UAS Program Director, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Dan Swafford, Curriculum Specialist, Virginia Cooperative Extension
Bret Chilcott, AgEagle Aerial Systems

Drones are a powerful tool and can bring significant efficiency increases, but before taking flight it’s important to understand safety and airmanship standards. This session will provide an overview of drone regulations and safe practices while setting you on the path to Part 107 certification.

Speaker: Tulinda Larsen, Executive Director, Deseret UAS

Now that you have a drone and know how to fly safely, the question is what do you do with all that data? Join this discussion of the best ways to gather, harness and understand data.

Speaker: David Tran, President & Co-founder, Optelos

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