Lindsay Mitchell

Nov 06, 2015  |  Today's News

Please join us for the IL Corn Growers Association Annual Meeting on November 24 at 8 am and stay for the Farm Assets Conference (formerly the Illinois Commodity Conference) beginning at 10 am on the same day.

The Farm Assets Conference, hosted by WILL, is a long standing conference that will simply take the place of the Illinois Commodity Conference (ICC) on this date.  The event as a whole will look very similar to what farmers are used to from the ICC event, with programming from the University of Illinois, Monsanto, and WILLAg commodity analysts.

Review the following agenda for more information and then register online at for only $30!


Unlocking the Value of Digital Ag

Farmers consistently hear about field level data driven decision making. The data collection sensors and GPS units have already been implemented in combines, tractors, and planters. Aggregated together this information becomes Big Data. We'll explore how it can be turned into a valuable asset and just where data goes to be transformed.

John Janssen, Vice President Climate Ag Services 
Monsanto Company



2016 Revenue and Costs Outlook

Agricultural commodity prices have been trading on the bottom end of what most consider the new plateau. However, crop inputs have not adjusted in full after taking advantage of the highs of the last few years. University of Illinois Agricultural Economist Gary Schnitkey explores the realities of farm management each week on the FarmDocDaily website and will discuss the outlook for 2016.

Gary Schnitkey, Agricultural Economist 
College of ACES - University of Illinois Extension


The Value of Farmland in 2016
The TIAA-CREF Center for Farmland Research conducts research, hosts academic symposiums, and works to inform policy on issues related to farmland prices and the financial aspects of farm management. The Center is a specialized academic unit within the University’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. The Center also partners with and supports supports Farmdoc, the University’s widely-read online research program on the agricultural sector.

Bruce Sherrick, Director TIAA CREF Center for Farmland Research 
College of ACES - University of Illinois


Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy

The Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy (Illinois NLRS or the strategy) is a framework for using science, technology, and industry experience to assess and reduce nutrient loss to Illinois waters and the Gulf of Mexico. The strategy will direct efforts to reduce nutrients from point and non-point sources in a coordinated, primarily voluntary, and cost-effective manner. Our panel will discuss the plan's development, implementation, and potential policy issues.

Mark David, Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences 
College of ACES - University of Illinois

Dan Schaefer, Director of Nutrient Stewardship 
Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association

Jonathan Coppess, Agricultural Policy Specialist 
College of ACES - University of Illinois



WILLAg Market Outlook Panels on Corn and Soybeans

The WILLAg commodity analysts will provide market commentary and strategy during two different sessions. We'll focus one effort on corn and the other on soybeans. As always, your questions are welcomed.

Bill Gentry, Risk Management Commodities
Lafayette, Indiana

Sue Martin, Ag and Investment Services
Webster City, Iowa

Pete Manhart, Bates Commodities
Normal, Illinois

Bill Mayer, Strategic Farm Marketing
Champaign, Illinois

Jacquie Voeks, Stewart Peterson
Champaign, Illinois

Mike Zuzolo, Global Commodity Analytics and Consulting
Atchison, Kansas


Only $30 per person to attend this premiere event!

Register online at or by calling 800-898-1065.