It's a new ballgame for farmers. From weather to lower prices and tighter margins, agriculture faces risk and uncertainty. Are you ready to manage the curveballs thrown your way?
The 2014 Farm Futures Business Summit, to be held Jan. 7-8 at the St. Louis Hilton Ballpark Hotel, will help you step up to the plate and learn what you need to do to build a championship farm business.
Our lineup card for this year's event is better than ever. Leading off is Dr. Dave Kohl, who will share secrets to becoming a top performing manager. Wells Fargo vice president and economist Michael Swanson shares his outlook on an increasingly stormy global economy. Farm Futures senior editor Bryce Knorr offers his take on 2014 markets.
Our cleanup hitters include CEO Greg Duerksen, who talks about the coming war for talent in agriculture; Purdue Ag economist Mike Boehlje, who will share ideas on farm expansion despite economic uncertainties; and financial adviser Kevin Bearley, who will reveal estate planning strategies that can funnel more assets to your family and not the IRS.
Breakout topics will provide a deep dive in to best marketing practices, personnel management, farm diversification, multi-generation family operations and managerial accounting. Learn how to use production costs to make better marketing decisions. Find out how to benchmark your business to ensure you're moving in the right direction. Our team is ready to hit the field.
BONUS EVENT: Farm Futures Launches Ag Finance Boot Camp
If you're interested in sharpening your financial skills, join us for a new one-day event – the Farm Futures Ag Finance Boot Camp, sponsored by John Deere. Farmers of all skill levels will learn how to improve the financial condition of their operation. Hear from experts in the field on cash and accrual accounting, software options, benchmarking and ratios. Professionals from the Farm Financial Standards Council will be there to teach and answer your questions. The Boot Camp is conveniently slated for Jan. 6 at the Hilton Ballpark Hotel so it's easy to attend both events. Click here to register now - seats are limited.
How to register
Both events take place at the St. Louis Hilton Ballpark Hotel with a special room rate of just $85 per night. Early bird registration for the Boot Camp is just $100. Early bird registration for the Summit is just $299 per person, plus $249 per additional farm partner if you register by Dec. 1. Click here for all the details.
Set up your game plan and learn from the leading farm management experts on the planet. See you in St. Louis! The Farm Futures Business Summit is sponsored by Growmark, BASF, Kennedy & Coe, DowAgroSciences, Farmlink/MachineryLink and John Deere.