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For Immediate Release
October 9, 2017
ABA Media Contact: Sarah Grano
(202) 663-5470
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65th Annual National Agricultural Bankers Conference Set for Nov. 12-15 in Milwaukee


​WASHINGTON — As the agricultural economy heads into the next cycle, ag bankers from across the country will gather in Milwaukee for the American Bankers Association’s 65th annual National Agricultural Bankers Conference. The event, which will be held at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center and Milwaukee Center on Nov. 12-15, will help bankers prepare for what is ahead in agricultural lending by highlighting trends in land values, credit and risk management, and the economy.
During the conference, Dr. David M. Kohl, professor emeritus of agricultural and applied economics at Virginia Tech, will be honored with the Blanchfield Award for his significant contributions to the advancement of agricultural lending. Dr. Kohl – who is also celebrating his 40th consecutive year speaking at this conference – is a champion of banker education and travels all across the country providing expert information that helps bankers do their jobs better. He also works directly with agribusinesses, and has helped educate countless students from his years as a college professor.
This year’s event will also feature more than 30 sessions including:
  • The Next Cycle —Trends in Land Value;
  • How Data is Transforming Farming;
  • Our Brains and Stress: Psychology of a Distressed Borrower;
  • Executive Leadership in Ag Banking;
  • Recruiting the Next Ag Banker; and
  • Economic Outlook—Let’s Talk Economy, Ag and Trade.
This year’s “New Ag Banker Track” will include sessions on analyzing collateral, advanced credit analysis, loan documentation and surviving problem loans.
New this year, the conference will host its first-ever “Women in Ag Banking Networking Breakfast,” featuring consultant Sarah Gibson from Accent Learning and Consultants, LLC. The networking session aims to inspire participants and provide an opportunity to discuss ways to celebrate successes and failures as professional women in the field.
Registration for the conference is $975 for ABA members and $1,485 for non-members. Special discounts are available for attendees from the same member organization who register together.
For additional schedule information or to register for the conference, 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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NOTE TO REPORTERS: Complementary registration is available for credentialed reporters. For more information on credentials or to request press registration contact Sarah Grano at (202) 663-5470 or