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For Immediate Release
September 25, 2018
ABA Media Contact: Sarah Grano
(202) 663-5470
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Land O’Lakes CEO to Address ABA National Ag Bankers Conference

Trade policy, technology and ag biological weapons leading topics on evolving landscape of ag

​WASHINGTON — Land O’Lakes President and CEO, Beth Ford, is among the headline speakers who will address the nation’s largest gathering of ag lenders at the American Bankers Association National Agricultural Bankers Conference Nov. 11-14 in Omaha, Neb. This year’s event, hosted at the CHI Health Center Omaha, will cover the most pressing issues in agricultural lending today including U.S. trade policy, commodity prices and the way technology is changing ag finance.
Ford, one of just 25 female CEOs leading a Fortune 500 company, will explain how consumer trends are changing the way businesses operate, as well as opportunities and challenges ahead in the ag sector and overall economy. In addition to Ford, ag lenders will hear from former USDA Chief Economist Dr. Joseph Glauber on current U.S. trade policy and how it will affect farmers; Amazon Web Services’ Head of AgTech, Cameron Holbrook, on Amazon’s development of cloud technology and its interest in the ag industry; and Dr. Stephen Higgs of Kansas State University on the threat of agricultural biological weapons.
The four-day conference will feature more than 35 sessions on other topics including:
  • Commodity outlooks. The latest updates from the experts on beef, dairy, grains, livestock/pork and—new this year—a super session on permanent plantings, rice and cotton.
  • Succession planning on the farm. This session will help lenders understand the key role they can play in helping businesses and families address succession planning.
  • Regulatory view of ag banking. The OCC and FDIC will share their views on the impact of new regulatory changes on ag and rural lending.
  • How technology is changing ag and ag finance. More than one session will cover the future of ag banking and how bankers can harness the latest financial technologies.
For the second year, the event will include a “Women in Ag Banking Networking Breakfast,” which aims to inspire participants and provide an opportunity to discuss ways to celebrate successes and failures as professional women in the field. This year’s networking session will feature Natalie Bartholomew, author of The Girl Banker Blog.
For additional schedule information or to register for the conference, call 1-800-BANKERS or visit
The American Bankers Association is the voice of the nation’s $17 trillion banking industry, which is composed of small, regional and large banks that together employ more than 2 million people, safeguard $13 trillion in deposits and extend more than $9 trillion in loans.
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