ABA National Agricultural Bankers Conference

November 11-14, 2018  •  Omaha, Nebraska

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Take a Look Back: 2017 Program

Sunday, November 12 | Monday, November 13 | Tuesday, November 14 | Wednesday, November 15
 
Sunday, November 12, 2017
​8:00 am – 11:30 am Farm Service Agency Guaranteed Lender Meeting
Hosted by Farmer Mac
12:00 pm – 6:30 pm Registration Open
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Pre-Conference Seminar​: Wash, Rinse, Spin, Repeat: Where Are We in the Cycle?
FINPACK and Farmer Mac
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Spouse/Companion Hospitality Suite Open
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Grand Opening Reception

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Monday, November 13, 2017
7:00 am – 5:00 pm Registration Open
7:00 am – 8:00 am Continental Breakfast
​8:00 am – 10:00 am 
OPENING GENERAL SESSION​

Welcome Remarks from Conference Chairman Edward A. Coates, Wisconsin Bankers Association's Daryll Lund, ABA Chairman Kenneth L. Burgess, Jr., and ABA CEO & President Rob Nichols

Trendspotting: Finding the Signal Through the Noise - John Barlow

10:00 am – 10:30 am Coffee Break
10:30 am – 11:30 am Workshop Series I

Opportunities for Success in Lending for Rural Infrastructure and Development
How Data is Transforming Farming
Keep Your Clients Profitable Through Every Market Cycle
Understanding How Technology Will Change the Farm

​10:30 am – 11:30 am  ​New Ag Banker Track​

Analyzing Collateral: "Show Me the Money"

11:45 am – 1:25 pm
sponsored by ​​​ABA Endorsed Solutions
Weather Risk in Agriculture: Predicting Chaos - Eric Snodgrass 
 
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Workshop Series II

Executive Leadership in Ag Banking
Our Brains and Stress: Psychology of a Distressed Borrower
Agriculture: The Power of Resilience; Today's Challenges can Become Tomorrow's Rewards
Managing Risk or Managing Emotions? – A Risk Management Simulation "Game"

​1:30 pm – 2:30 pm ​New Ag Banker Track​

Loan Documentation – How to Avoid Pitfalls

2:30 pm – 3:15 pm Refreshment Break and Exhibit Hall Preview
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm GENERAL SESSION

The Next Cycle  ​Trends in Land Values - Nate Franzen (Moderator)

​4:15 pm – 5:15 pm GENERAL SESSION

Ag Policy Review  The Current Administration and Congress - Barry L. Flinchbaugh, Ph.D. 

5:15 pm – 6:15 pm Reception with Exhibitors

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017
7:00 am – 5:00 pm Registration Open
7:00 am – 8:15 am Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors
7:15 am – 8:25 am
Outlook Tuesday!​ (Commodities Session)

Beef
Dairy
Grains
Pork and Other Livestock
Specialty Crops

8:30 am – 10:00 am GENERAL SESSION

Emerging Cybersecurity Threats: Best Practices for Banks and Customers - Jack Vonder Heide 
The Bruning Award Presentation

10:00 am – 10:30 am Coffee Break with Exhibitors
10:30 am – 11:30 am Workshop Series III

A Conversation with Regulators
Communication Tools: How to Have Difficult Conversations
The Go-Go Farmers  – Are They Going, Going, Gone?
Recruiting the Next Ag Banker

​10:30  am  – 11:30 am ​​New Ag Banker Track

Advanced Credit Analysis 

11:45 am – 1:25 pm Luncheon with Guest Speaker​

The Politics of the 2018 Farm Bill - Mary Kay Thatcher

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Workshop Series IV

Proposed Tax Reform – What Effect Could It Have on Succession Plans? 
Working Together to Benefit American Agriculture
Wanted: Energetic Ag Department to Make New Loans and Grow Profits
Sourcing Quality Equipment Valuations and Assessing Portfolio Risk

​1:30 pm – 2:30 pm  ​New Ag Banker Track​

Top Ten Things to Do (Or Not Do) to Survive Agricultural Problem Loans and Bankruptcy Cases 

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Refreshment Break with Exhibitors
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm GENERAL SESSION

Economic Outlook – Let's Talk Econ​omy, Ag and Trade - Tyne Morgan (​Moderator)

​4:00 pm – 5:15 pm GENERAL SESSION

Alpha Pup Farmers: An Update - David M. Kohl, Ph.D. (Moderator

5:15 pm – 6:15 pm Farewell Reception with Exhibitors

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017​
7:00 am – 11:00 am Registration Open
7:00 am – 8:00 am Continental Breakfast
​7:00 am – 8:00 am New! Women in Ag Banking Breakfast​
8:00 am – 9:00 am GENERAL SESSION

Driven to Deliver: Outstanding Guest Experiences - Tim Bergstrom

​9:00 am  – 10:15 am GENERAL SESSION

The Professor's Lessons for the Next Cycle - David M. Kohl, Ph.D. 
The Blanchfield Award Presentation 

10:15 am – 10:30 am Coffee Break
10:30 am – 11:30 am CLOSING GENERAL SESSION​

​Collective Impact: The Power of Community - Justin Skeesuck & Patrick Gray 

11:30 am Conference Adjourns

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