National Farmers convention 2016 spotlights transitions, climate change, Sustainable Ag

National Farmers 2016 national convention, themed Serving Agriculture for 60 Years, Jan. 25-27, East Peoria, Ill., offers a speaker lineup with professionals who help American producers with real solutions for their farms.

Convention Speakers & Topics

“National Security, Climate Change and the American Farmer: How they all

Fit Together and What the Future Holds”

Dr. Chris King, dean of academics, Command and General Staff College, Army Combined Arms Center, Ft. Leavenworth, Kan. He is the U.S. member of an international military advisory council on security and climate change.

“Transition Planning: A Process, not an Event”

Curt Ferguson, J.D., The Estate Planning Center, Salem, Ill. The transfer of a farm from one generation to the next is an ongoing process. Curt Ferguson will share a strategy for tax-efficient transfer of opportunity, control and capital to successors.

“Farm Policy Perspectives: Past, Present, and Future”

John Ikerd, Ph.D., professor emeritus of agricultural and applied economics, University of Missouri-Columbia. Ikerd has published a variety of books and papers about small farming and sustainable agriculture.

‘The Land of Milk and Uncle Honey: Memories from the Farm of My Youth”

Alan Guebert, Delavan, Ill., award-winning agricultural journalist and co-author of the book with the same title as his presentation, will share his humor with convention-goers. Guebert co-authored the book with his daughter, Mary Grace Foxwell.

“Grain Marketing in Risky Times”

Pete Lorenz, Beloit, Kan., senior National Farmers Grain Marketing Plus Analyst, will talk about the combination of strategies producers can use to harvest the best revenue in narrow-margin times. He will highlight the “Grain Marketing in Risky Times” Midwestern meeting series, as well.

“Organic Grain Demand and Import Impacts”

Grain Division Director Tim Ennis and NForganics Field Representative Tim Boortz will highlight key certified organic grain fundamentals and how organic crops on the other side of the world affect U.S. certified organic grain producers.

“Young Cattlemen Success Panel”

Nexus Ag Marketing, a subsidiary of National Farmers, presents the Livestock Division commodity workshop, bringing you the perspectives of three young producers who have succeeded in cattle production and marketing, in their family operations, along with an agricultural lender who works with producers like them.

“Animal Well-being on a Wisconsin Dairy Farm”

National Farmers Field Representative and Dairy Farmer Ashley Peterson will emphasize how cow health and comfort lead to high quality milk. She’ll share how she and her family achieve this on their operation.

“Family Farm, Family Endeavor”

National Farmers Wisconsin Board Member Don Hamm, will share how his family co-labors, spearheading the majority of the work on their 300-cow dairy. This allows the Hamm family to participate at church and school, and in 4-H, National Farmers and local government.

National Farmers Dairy, Grain and Livestock Marketing and Risk Management Professionals

Available for Media Interviews

Tim Ennis, Grain Division Director

Topics: Organic Grain Marketing

Pete Lorenz, Senior Grain Marketing Plus Analyst

Topics: Conventional grain marketing, making the best of the market now, combining contracts, options and crop insurance

Jeff Rose, Livestock Division Senior Livestock Risk Manager

Cattle contracting, cash markets, risk management strategies, profit margins

Brad Rach, Dairy Division Director

Topics: Dairy product pricing, marketing together, family dairy farms

Gene Paul, Legislative Coordinator

Topics: COOL, TPP, National Farmers Policy Positions

Chris Webb, National Farmers Crop Insurance

Topics: Crop Insurance, Impact 2015 Crop Insurance Legislation Decisions, 2016 and Crop Insurance

About National Farmers

Today's National Farmers members represent a cross-section of both conventional and organic production - grain growers, cattle producers and dairymen and women.

For agricultural producers, belonging to National Farmers offers access to marketing, health and crop insurance, and a gamut of dairy, grain and livestock risk management services from professionals who really want farmers and ranchers to succeed.

National Farmers’ 2016 annual meeting and convention will be held at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Riverfront Hotel and Conference Center, 100 Conference Center Drive, East Peoria, Illinois.


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