DTN/The Progressive Farmer 2010 Ag Summit

Chicago, IL
Tuesday, December 07, 2010

DTN/The Progressive Farmer 2010 Ag Summit
Tuesday, December 07, 2010 - Friday, December 10, 2010

Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile
540 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

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DTN and The Progressive Farmer would like to cordially invite you to join us December 8-10, in Chicago for the DTN/The Progressive Farmer  2010 Ag Summit.  Gain fresh insights into risk management at this premiere farm business event. 

Recalibrate for the New Normal

Get your business ready for higher risk farming. It’s a new decade and agricultural producers will need to adjust time-tested strategies to cope. Crop and fertilizer prices are reigniting. An end to cheap credit could threaten higher break-even costs ahead, but no one knows when. Peak land values and cash rents compound the uncertainty. Estate tax and health care reforms may favor new business structures. What’s more, mounting federal budget deficits may alter the government safety net.

DTN/The Progressive Farmer 2010 Ag Summit will help you adapt to the new business climate and focus on solutions. Get expert outlooks on...

  • Commodity markets
  • Interest rates
  • Tax overhauls
  • Land markets
  • Health care reform
  • Crop insurance reforms
  • Weather

 DTN/The Progressive Farmer 2010 Ag Summit  will help you adapt to the new business climate and focus on solutions. Get expert outlooks on interest rates, tax overhauls, land markets, health care reform, crop insurance reforms, weather and commodity markets. We know farmers value peer-to-peer counseling, so we’ve booked farmer speakers on how to hedge your interest rate risks, train the next generation and partner with neighbors for expansion.  

New for the 2010 Ag Summit

DTN University will launch its first pre-event marketing workshop for beginning and intermediate grain marketers. Learn how to execute the kind of disciplined marketing plan lenders demand, from Texas A&M's leading master marketing instructors.  Gather experience from veteran farmers and experts at CME Group, see the trading floor in action and master your 2011 marketing plan in the process. 

A 6-8 hour (two half day sessions, December 7-8) course designed for a maximum of 60 beginning to intermediate-level grain marketers.  Our goal is to provide operators with tools they need to implement an effective, written marketing plan for the year ahead and to incorporate this plan with their crop insurance purchases. This should be especially valuable skill for young farmers who need documentation to secure the best rates and terms for their credit lines. Cost $125. Space is limited, so enroll early. See (Regsitration Details) for more information.

Networking rates very high on our evaluations, most of the Ag Summit participants rave about how they value the connections they make during the social events at the conference. With that in mind we have added an Early Bird Blues, Booze and Barbecue Reception at the Marriott, complimentary cocktails and appetizers will be available for all Ag Summit guests.  Join us after you check-in, meet fellow Ag Summit attendees as well as DTN and The Progressive Farmer staff members.

Wednesday morning a continental breakfast will be served during registration.  Early Bird Profit Sessions are geared for you to get a sneak peek at cutting edge technologies and strategies designed to bolster your profit margins in 2011 and beyond, compliments of Ag Summit sponsors. 
Plan to join us!

Private 5 Course Dinner at Buca
Buca di Beppo® is an authentic Italian restaurant that offers flavorful Italian dining. Wednesday evening dine with us while enjoying the Italian traditions of food, friendship and hospitality. In the spirit of Italian culture, the dishes are served family style and are meant to be shared.  Come indulge in the Buca experience of unforgettable food enjoyed for generations in villages throughout Italy, giving Buca its authentic Italian fare.  Come and go as the private restaurant event is across the street from the Marriott.

Adler After Dark
Thursday evening enjoy cocktails and appetizers against the award-winning view of the Chicago skyline seen only from the Adler Planetarium. Amble around the Adler's exhibitions, see Saturn's rings or Jupiter's great red spot with your own eyes using the Adler's telescopes. Transportation provided.  http://www.adlerplanetarium.org/ 

CME Group Tour
The CME Group will offer a private tour of the grain trading floor on Friday afternoon, December 10 for Ag Summit attendees. There are no fees for the tour as long as you are registered for the Ag Summit and pre-register for the tour (click on the agenda item during your registration process). The tour is limited to the first 80 registrants and transportation will be provided.  http://www.cmegroup.com/

Ideally located in the heart of downtown, the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile hotel will house the DTN/Progressive Farmer 2010 Ag Summit. Accommodations are not included in the registration fee.  Registered participants should contact the hotel directly at 312-836-0100 by December 1, 2010 and mention the code “DTN” for the group rate of $179 per night.  Attendees will enjoy close proximity to the Art Institute of Chicago, Grant Park, Millennium Park and Navy Pier.  Michigan Avenue shopping, restaurants and entertainment are just outside the hotel doors.  This hotel has a smoke-free policy

Early bird discounts are available before November 24.  Registration fee for the DTN/Progressive Farmer 2010 Ag Summit is all-inclusive. The conference fee includes top-notch speakers offering a high level learning opportunity, program materials, refreshment breaks and five meals, all for only $425 - if you enroll before November 24, 2010. The conference begins at 1 p.m. Wed., Dec. 8 and concludes at noon on Friday, Dec. 10.  If your spouse does not want to attend the meetings, but would like to participate in the meals only, the cost is $250. Scroll down for details on the Explore Chicago! Ladies Tour.

Please join us, for what promises to be an exciting and informative event!
To register, complete this form or call toll-free 1-888-576-9881.

Summit Editors:
Marcia Zarley Taylor, Executive Editor, DTN, Ag Summit Moderator, joined DTN in 2007 after 25 years as a farm magazine editor with Farm Journal Media. Taylor has won recognition for a number of prize winning stories, including American Business Media’s Jesse Neal Award. She is responsible for DTN farm business coverage and authors a daily blog, Minding Ag’s Business, as well as a regular column in The Progressive Farmer.

Urban C. Lehner joined DTN as editor in chief in July 2003. Previously Lehner spent 33 years at The Wall Street Journal, including 20 years in Europe and Asia, where he did stints as a reporter, editor and executive.

Jack Odle, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of The Progressive Farmer, has served various capacities in the organization since 1976. In 2003, Odle received the Henry R. Luce Award presented to him by Time, Inc.

Guest Speaker, "Surviving Crash Landings and Other Life Lessons"

Jeffrey Zaslow is a columnist for The Wall Street Journal and in 2009/2010 was the author or co-author of three best-selling books.

Most recently, Zaslow co-authored Highest Duty, the memoir of Captain "Sully" Sullenberger, who famously landed US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River. Highest Duty debuted at No. 3 on The New York Times Best-Seller List. Details  

Zaslow's Wall Street Journal column focuses on life transitions and often attracts wide media interest. That was certainly the case in September 2007, after Zaslow attended the final lecture of Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch. Zaslow's column about the talk sparked a worldwide phenomenon. Millions of people have since viewed footage of the lecture. Media coverage included The Oprah Winfrey Show and an ABC special hosted by Diane Sawyer.

Zaslow’s TV appearances have also included The Tonight Show, Larry King Live, 60 Minutes, The Today Show and Good Morning America.

New - Pre-Event Options
Tuesday, December 7
10 - 11:30 a.m. - DTN Master marketing Course Registration
11:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. - DTN Master Marketing Short Course
6 p.m. - DTN Master Marketing Short Course Private Dinner
6 - 8 p.m. - Early Bird Blues, Booze & Barbecue Reception at the Marriott

Wednesday, December 8
7 a.m. - Registration and Continental Breakfast
7:30 - 10:30 a.m.- DTN Master Marketing Short Course
8:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - Early Bird Profit Sessions - get a sneak peek at cutting edge technologies and strategies designed to bolster your profit margins in 2011 and beyond, compliments of Ag Summit sponsors

IntelliAir, Todd Sears presents Complete Solutions for Grain Management.

Accounting for ProfitTake home tools to advance your operation’s financial health Brought to you by Kennedy and Coe, LLC

Erick Schminke presents What’s New at John Deere Crop Insurance

AGROTAIN International explains Managing Higher Priced Nitrogen Efficiently

Make Confident and Profitable Decisions with DTN Six Factors® Analysis — hosted by John Sanow, DTN analyst. Learn how DTN’s Six Factors analysis narrows the scope of ag market complexity into six simple and evident factors with proven recommendations to increase your profits.
***** Attendees recive a free Bubba Keg Stainless Steel mug!

John Deere 8R Tractors – The Smartest Tractors We’ve Ever Built! — Learn about the new John Deere 8R family of tractors and how these "smart" tractors can add even more productivity to your operation. Chad Hogan, Division Marketing Manager, John Deere Tractor Works, Waterloo, Iowa

Three Steps to Enhanced Grain Quality. It's never been easier to improve grain quality, thanks in large part to new technology. Join Syngenta Vice President of Agronomy Chris Cook Wednesday during the Early Bird Profit Sessions to learn three steps to enhanced grain quality.
***** Be among the first 50 to attend and you'll receive a free Agrisure Viptera "Control Freak" t-shirt.

The Future of Truck: 2011 Ford F-Series — How the most extensive powertrain overhaul in Ford Truck history will help you improve productivity yet shave operating cost. Presented by Doug Scott, Truck Group marketing manager and Eric Keuhn, Powertrain Program engineer.

Lunch on your own    

Detailed agenda will be available upon arrival.  

Ag Summit Agenda:
Wednesday, December 8

8 a.m. - 1 p.m.             Registration, Profit Sessions and Continental Breakfast

1 p.m.-1:15 pm. 
John Leiferman, president Telvent DTN

1:15 p.m.-2 p.m.           A 2020 Vision for U.S. and World Agriculture

                                    Gary Taylor, former president of Cargill Cotton

2 p.m.-2:45 p.m.
           Investors New Romance with Farmland and Farming Companies

                                    Jeff Conrad, president of Hancock Agricultural Investments


2:45 p.m.-3 p.m.            DTN Markets Break

3 p.m.-4:15 p.m.         What's Ahead for Wireless Farming     

                                   • Machinery and the Smart Farms of the Future

                                     Jerry Roell, Deere & Co., director of coordinated farm & worksite

                                    Long-Distance Management of Grain Drying-Storage Systems

                                      Todd Sears, president, IntelliAir

                                   Remote Control Irrigation

                                      Rick Heard, president and founder, Advanced Ag Systems


4:15 p.m.-5:30 p.m.         Getting Fit for the Future: Farmer Expansion Plans

                                    - Chris Barron, Rowley, Iowa farmer

                                    - Micheal Oliver, Cadiz, Kentucky farmer

                                    - Justin Crownover, Sunray, Texas farmer

                                    - Terry Jones, Williamsburg, Iowa farmer


5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.         Welcome Reception


6:30 p.m.                         Private 5-course dinner at Buca di Beppo

Thursday, December 9
7 a.m.-10 a.m.                 Registration

7 a.m.-8:00 a.m.              Breakfast Roundtable Discussions                                                                  

                                     GENERAL SESSION 

8 a.m.-8:45 a.m.             Trouble Spots in 2011 Weather

                                      Bryce Anderson, DTN Ag Meteorologist

8:45 a.m.-9:30 a.m.         Brazilian Crop Prospects
                                      Ricardo Arioli Silva, Mato Grasso farmer and Aprosoja director

9:30 a.m.-9:45 a.m.          DTN Markets Break

9:45 a.m.-10:30 a.m.        Lender and Credit Expectations for High-Growth Farms 


                                         - Danny Klinefelter, Texas A&M economist and director The Executive
                                        Program for Agricultural Producers (TEPAP)
                                     - Allen Lash, president, AgriSolutions

10:30 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.      How to Deal with Income and Estate Tax Timebombs

                                      Nick Houle, CPA and principal with LarsonAllen Financial                         


11:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.        The Progressive Farmer "Best Young Farmer" Award Luncheon

                                      Surviving Crash Landings and Other Life Lessons
Jeffrey Zaslow, Wall Street Journal columnist and co-author of 
                                      NY Times Best Sellers "The Last Lecture" and Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger's 
                                      memoir, "Highest Duty"


                                      BREAKOUT SESSIONS (Concurrent)   


1:30 p.m.-5 p.m.              Meet America's Best Young Farmers

                                      (Winners to be announced)

                                       Crop Insurance, ACRE, SURE: Assessing Choices for 2011 Risk Management 
Gary Schnitkey, University of Illinois economist

                                      - Erick Schminke, manager crop insurance development, 
                                        John Deere Crop Insurance 

                                      - Chris Johnson, Wahpeton, North Dakota farmer


                                        Prospects for Cuts to Farm Program's Budget

                                        Chris Clayton, DTN farm policy editor
                                         Adam Nielsen, director of national legislation, Illinois Farm Bureau

Farm Business Makeover: Illinois Case Study in Estate Planning 
- Mel Kitts, CPA, Kennedy and Coe, LLC
- Bradley Scott, Sugar Grove, Illinois farmer

                                        How to Hedge vs. Higher Interest Rates

                                       - Barry Mumby, Colon, Michigan farmer

                                       - James Boudreault, CME Group Associate director,
                                          Financial Research & Product Development


                                        Life Cycle of a Farm Handoff: 
                                        From Teenage Years to Adult Transitions

                                        - Lance Woodbury, certified mediator and family business consultant

                                        - Lauren and Ben Riensche, Jesup, Iowa farmers

                                        - Eric and Rob Richards, Greenwood, Indiana farmers

                                        How Health Care Reform Impacts You
Clinton Baker, CPA with Kennedy and Coe, LLC


4:45 p.m. - 5 p.m.               Load Buses


5 p.m.-8 p.m.                   Adler Planetarium, After Dark Reception

Friday, December 10
7 a.m.-8:30 a.m.                 Breakfast Buffet
Two Views on Grain Markets: Technical vs. Fundamental

                                        - Darin Newsom, DTN senior market analyst

                                       - Joel Karlin, DTN contributing analyst


                                          GENERAL SESSION 


8:45 a.m.-9:45 a.m.          Managing Credit in Volatile Times                                       
                                       Jamie Stewart, Jr., President of Farm Credit System Funding Corp.


9:45 a.m.-10:15 a.m.        2011 U.S. Crop Forecast

                                        Nick Kouchoukos, vice president Lanworth


10:15 a.m.- 10:30 a.m.       DTN Markets Break

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.            2011 Market Outlook: Unending Demand or Bubble About to Burst?

                                         Darin Newsom, DTN senior market analyst


12 p.m.                              Adjourn

12 p.m.                            Optional Post-Event Tour of the CME (must reserve in advance)

Explore Chicago! Ladies Tour

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Ladies, this is a great way to get to know the city, get to know each other, shop a little and have fun.  Please dress appropriately for each activity as Wednesday and Thursday afternoons we will be walking outside. Cost: $125

Wednesday afternoon we will take the subway and walk one block to Daley Plaza for the annual Christkrindlmarket, a charming German holiday market - a unique shopping experience, with typical German food and drinks, diverse holiday entertainment, and a place to enjoy the city during the winter season.

Learn about Chicago's colorful history and famous landmarks as you enjoy the panorama of Chicago's famous cityscape.  On Thursday we will start the day with an architectural tour of Chicago's famous buildings and fountains, over 40 landmarks of modern American architecture! We will be on a private tour with the Gray Line bus company, a heated coach, unlike last year when some of you on the trolley had to scrape ice from the windows to see. Please accept our apologies and know this year you will ride in style! Our final destination is Chicago's Greatest High, the John Hancock Building. We will enjoy an exquisite lunch buffet at The Signature Room at the 95th® located atop the John Hancock Center. The elegant wood designs and art deco interior create an inviting atmosphere, while the floor-to-ceiling windows exhibit the stunning Chicago skyline and 360° degree views of the entire city. After taking many pictures we'll stroll the six blocks back to the hotel on Michigan Avenue stopping on each block to visit unique stores or grab a snack and cup of hot chocolate. The walking tour will include a chocolate tasting - Learning Never Tasted so Sweet at HERSHEY’S Chicago

Friday morning we will explore the new temporary exhibit at the Field Museum. Gold: Natural Treasure, Cultural Obsession: Gold tells the fascinating story of the world’s most desired metal, exploring its natural beauty, scientific value, and its power to shape history. This exhibition delves into humankind’s enduring fascination with this elusive metal, looking at how people have searched for it, stolen for it, fought for it, and used it to create scientific break throughs. Then we will discover the natural beauty of Earth’s gems and witness their magical transformation from rough specimens, to stunning stones, to spectacular jewelry in the Grainger Hall of Gems.


Contact Information

Payment Instructions

  • We are looking forward to your attendance for what promises to be a truly informative event. Remember, to qualify for the discounted registration fee you must sign-up by November 24. Registration fee for the DTN/Progressive Farmer 2010 Ag Summit is $495.  The all-inclusive conference fee includes top-notch speakers offering a high level learning opportunity, program materials, refreshment breaks, five meals (two are off-site).  Early bird registration is $425 before November 25. To register complete this form or call toll-free 1-888-576-9881.

    If paying by check, please mail to:

    Telvent DTN
    Teri Thiele
    9110 W. Dodge Road
    Omaha, NE  68114
    call Teri at 1-888-576-9881

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