ABA National Agricultural Bankers Conference

November 9-12, 2014  •  Hilton Omaha & CenturyLink Center Omaha  •  Omaha, NE

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2014 Program*

Sunday  |  Monday  |  Tuesday  |  Wednesday  |  Farmland the Movie

Sunday, November 9
12:00 pm–6:30 pm Registration Open
1:00 pm–5:00 pm Pre-Conference Seminar​: Turbulent Times Require Better Data
  • Robert H. Craven, Director, Center for Farm Financial Management, Professor, Dept. of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN
  • David M. Kohl, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Agricultural and Applied Economics, Virginia Tech, AgriVisions LLC, Blacksburg, VA
  • David Buman, Director of Credit Operations, Farmer Mac, Washington, D.C.
  • Jackson Takach, Economist, Farmer Mac, Washington, D.C.
FINPACK, Farmer Mac and Dr. David Kohl are partnering to offer an action-packed pre-conference event. "The times they are a changin'!" Do you have a plan to manage the risk in your portfolio during turbulent and less profitable times? This session will look at the current ag credit environment with a focus on what is happening with your farm customers and early warning tools that will position you to be proactive.

We will take a look at key components in analyzing ag credits and current observations. What will it take to be a successful ag lender in turbulent times? What can we learn from past history? Where does cash analysis work and where doesn't it work? What steps can you take to mitigate risk in your portfolio? Dr. Kohl joins in with his view from the road and his vast experience going back to previous times of financial stress.

The session will have takeaways for everyone, even if you do not use FINPACK or Farmer Mac.

3:00 pm–4:00 pm Spouse/Companion Hospitality Suite Open
6:00 pm–7:00 pm Opening Reception

Monday, November 10
7:00 am–5:00 pm Registration Open
7:00 am–8:00 am Continental Breakfast
8:00 am–10:00 am Opening General Sessions
Conference Chairman's Welcome
Nate Franzen, President/Ag Division, First Dakota National Bank, Yankton, SD

Nebraska Bankers Association Welcome

ABA Chairman's Welcome
John A. Ikard, ABA Chairman Elect, President & CEO, First Bank Holding Co., Lakewood, CO

General Session
Big Data, speaker sponsored by WebEquity Solutions
Lowell Catlett, Regent's Professor Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business and Extension Economics and Dean of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, New Mexico State University, Las Cruses, NM

Dr. Catlett has a unique, future-oriented perspective on emerging big data issues. He is the author of numerous books and articles and works nationally and internationally with corporations and organizations doing futuristic planning concerning the impacts of technology on careers, lifestyles and the economy.

10:00 am–10:30 am Coffee Break
10:30 am–11:30 am Workshop Series I
  • ​Inspired Questions for Perpetuating the Generational Farm
    David Specht, Advising Generations LLC, Connell, WA

    This session will explore penetrating and crucial questions that every family-owned farm must answer to navigate the generational transition. You will come away from this session knowing how to help your farm customers start talking about these challenging issues. This will be the catalyst they need to initiate the planning necessary for them to stay a family and perpetuate their farm legacy.​
11:45 am–1:25 pm Luncheon with Guest Speaker: The Stine Seed Company Store
Harry Stine, President & Founder, Stine Seed Company, Adel, IA

The name Harry Stine is synonymous with many titles – innovator, businessman, entrepreneur – but the title holding the most significance to him and those who know him well is Farmer. The consummate researcher, Stine’s interest in seed breeding started when he found some unusual soybean plants in one of the company fields. He saw the value and additional profit opportunities that breeding, developing and growing newer, higher-yielding soybean varieties would have for his company, as well as farmers. While yield checking the soybean lines, he came to understand what a conventional breeding program could bring to the soybean industry and to growers.

Today, Stine is a member of the American Society of Agronomy and the American See Trade Association. In addition, he also serves on the board of directors of the Trees Forever Foundation, the Iowa Arboretum and the Brenton Arboretum.

1:30 pm–2:30 pm Workshop Series II
  • ​Cultivating the Next Generation and Legacy Generation of Farmers
    Moderator: David Specht, Advising Generations LLC, Connell, WA
    The future of agricultural banking will depend on how well we cultivate the next generation of farmers and respond to the needs and concerns of the legacy generation of farmers. This session will explore implementing programs for beginning farmers, succession and Estate planning and effectively communicating with the “new” generation and the legacy generation in meeting their unique business needs.

  • ​Technology – Precision Ag Drones! What Next?
    Rapid changes in technology are having a major impact on production Ag. Drones, GPS, cloning, are now and in the future changing the way farmers run their operations. Find out what’s on the technological horizon. How will future developments change agriculture and Ag banking?​

  • There is More Debt Out There Than You Think
    Allen Featherstone, Ph.D., Interim Head, Professor and Director of the Master of Agribusiness Department of Agricultural Economics, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS

  • Financing Multiple Entity Businesses
    Multiple entity operations are becoming more and more prevalent and bring with them complications in credit analysis, added counterparty risk, and sometimes internal communications problems. Learn about credit analysis procedures to monitor the financial performance of complicated entities and risk management procedures to manage global risk related to these operations. An experienced banker could discuss they work with these complicated operations to pull together the entire financial picture and put in place loan policies to manage bank risk experience.
2:30 pm–3:15 pm Refreshment Break with Exhibitors
3:15 pm–5:15 pm General Session
  • ​The Farmer Decision: ARC or PLC
    The new farm bill introduced new types of crop support programs and crop insurance options available. Some require a five year commitment on the part of the farmer. How does the farmer decide which one is best?  What could the farmer be giving up by choosing one particular option over another? Learn about Ag Risk Coverage (ARC) vs. Price Loss Coverage (PLC) and how to weigh the options. There is ARC for the county and ARC for the individual. A producer can also purchase supplemental coverage option (SCO). Learn what factors should be considered before a choice is made.​
5:15 pm–6:15 pm Reception with Exhibitors

Tuesday, November 11
7:00 am–5:00 pm Registration Open
7:00 am–8:15 am Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors
7:15 am–8:25 am

Two 30 minute sessions:
7:15-7:45am and
Outlook Tuesday! (Commodities Session)
  • ​Land Values: Michael Duffy, Ph.D., Professor of Economics (Emeritus), Iowa State University, Ames, IA

  • Beef/Livestock: Gary Brester, Ph.D., Dept. of Agricultural Economics & Economics, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT

  • Crops: Gary D. Schnitkey, Professor, Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL

  • Dairy: Marin Bozie, Assistant Professor, Dairy Foods Marketing Economics, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN

  • Pork: Christopher A. Hurt, Professor of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
8:30 am–10:00 am General Session
  • ​Are the Good Times Still Rolling?
    Jason R. Henderson, Associate Dean and Director of Purdue Extension, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
    Brent Goy, Director of the Center for Commercial Agriculture, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

    Purdue University economists Jason Henderson and Brent Gloy were a sensation last year when they talked about the current boom in the farm economy and compared it to the past. Find out if we are at the turning point in this economy and connect the dots between the past booms in the agricultural economy and the present one. There really is no “new” normal when you consider what is happening today – we have been to this rodeo before.​

  • The Bruning Award Presentation
    Join us as we celebrate the memorable career of Matthew H. Williams, President, Gothenburg State Bank, Gothenburg, Nebraska.​
10:00 am–10:30 am Coffee Break with Exhibitors
10:30 am–11:30 am Workshop Series III
11:45 am–1:30 pm Luncheon with Guest Speaker: Economic Outlook
Ed Seifried, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Lafayette College, Seifried & Brew LLC, Bethlehem, PA

Over the year, Dr. Ed Seifried has touched the hearts and minds of almost every director and CEO of community banks across the nation. While recognized for his keynote speeches, Dr. Ed is a valued educator for community bank directors, CEOs, senior management, and up and coming community bankers.

Carrying on his tenure as Professor Emeritus of Economics and Business at Lafayette College, Dr. Ed has led the educational programs as Dean for the West Virginia Banking School and the Virginia School of Banking. He has been on the faculty of many banking schools including Stonier and the Graduate School of Banking at LSU. We are honored to have him come to the conference to share his keen insights on the economy.
1:30 pm–2:30 pm Workshop Series IV
  • ​Women as the Financial Decision Makers and Marketers
    Linda Cruikshank, Progressive Farm Marketing, Arcada, NE

    As farm operations continue to grow larger, women are becoming more involved as financial managers. This changing demographic is important for lenders to understand. Learn more about the dynamics of the increasing role of women in the financial planning process and  the benefits of effectively communicating with husbands and wives as they navigate the farm business decisions together.

  • When Theory Meets Reality – The Professor Goes Farming
    Brent Gloy, Director of the Center for Commercial Agricultural, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

    Brent tells us he’ll talk about “The Top 5 Things I have learned about farm management this year and the trends that are going to shape my future in farming.”​
2:30 pm–3:00 pm Refreshment Break with Exhibitors
3:00 pm–5:00 pm General Session
  • ​"The American Farmer"
    Paul Mobley, Author/Photographer

    An award-winning photographer, Mobley has traveled the world over to capture and celebrate humanity. In 2005, Mobley set out to capture the soul of rural America. Traveling across the country with his camera, he was welcomed into the homes of over three hundred farm families who shared their personal histories. The result is his book, American Farmer: The Heart of Our Country. Vividly telling the story of America’s farmers through compelling photography that will make you even more proud to finance America’s heartland.​
5:00 pm–6:00 pm Reception with Exhibitors

Wednesday, November 12
7:00 am–11:00 am Registration Open
7:00 am–8:00 am Continental Breakfast
8:00 am–10:15 am General Sessions
10:00 am–10:30 am Coffee Break
10:30 am–11:30 am Closing General Session
Fair Play: The Moral Dilemmas of Spying
James Olson, Author, Professor, George Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

A career officer in the Directorate of Operations of the Central Intelligence Agency, Olson is the author of the book, Fair Play: The Moral Dilemmas of Spying. In his book, Olson uses fascinating true intelligence operations to illustrate how murky the moral choices can be for a clandestine service member. He asserts that guidelines on what is or is no permissible behaviors should come from the American public and not from within the intelligence community. Born in LeMars, Iowa, the CIA assigned Olson to the George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M where he remains today teaching courses in Cold War Intelligence, U.S. National Security and International Crisis Management.​
11:30 am Conference Adjourns

*Program subject to change.

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Program Questions? Please contact Cynthia Watkins for more information.