Regulations and the future of your farming operation will be addressed during the Jan 3-4, 2013 Farm Futures Business Summit in St. Louis, IL. As an IL Corn Growers Association member, you can receive a special VIP discount when you register for the event.
ICGA members will pay $299 to attend, with additional registrants from their farm business paying $249 and students with a student ID paying $199.
Justin Durdan, ICGA District V Director and farmer from Uttica, will serve on a panel during the summit, discussing multi-generational farms and the interactions between retiring farmers and up and coming farmers.
The rest of the summit will feature keynote speakers like:
Howard Buffett, Illinois farmer, philanthropist and son of famed investor Warren Buffett, will headline the summit by offering a thought-provoking look at how farms can position themselves for long-term sustainable profit. Buffett's foundation supports on-farm research on best management practices for large-scale grain farms.
Darren Frye, CEO at Water Street Solutions, a marketing and risk management firm in Peoria, Ill., will show how to develop a business model based on shared, core values. Making core values a centerpiece of your business is a strategy employed by the top companies in America.
Dr. Dave Kohl, the country’s leading voice on farm management trends, will give insights on global agriculture and moderate a panel discussion on hotspots around the world, including Brazil, China and the Black Sea region.
F armers tell us regulations are one of their greatest concerns, prompting summit organizers to host a debate and discussion on the future of ag regulations, moderated by Farm Progress Broadcast Director Max Armstrong. Gary Baise, an Illinois farmer and trial attorney at the law firm Olsson Frank Weeda Terman Bode Matz PC, will take part in the event along with Craig Cox, senior vice president at the Environmental Working Group. Baise, a Farm Futures blogger, specializes in Ag and environmental issues and serves as General Counsel for several national agricultural organizations. Cox has worked for the Senate Committee on Agriculture, USDA, and as Executive Director of the Soil and Water Conservation Society.
Click here for more information about the summit, including registration information for VIPs.