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Thriving in Today’s Markets – 2018 Farm Income & Innovations Conference

Illinois Farm Bureau Association

Is your farm thriving or merely surviving?

Sudden policy shifts, changing consumer tastes, and progressive technology present new challenges as well as opportunities. Illinois Farm Bureau wants to help you make the most of the opportunities and overcome the challenges.

Register today for the 2018 Farm Income & Innovations Conference – Aug. 1 at the Marriott in Uptown Normal.

  • $25 July 31 International Reception – per person; Includes heavy hors-d’oeuvres
  • $35 August 1 Conference Registration – per person
  • $50 Reception and Conference discounted combination rate

Morning General Session: Farm & Trade Policy in Volatile Times

 Jim Wiesemeyer – Washington Policy analyst at ProFarmer

Hear it straight from one of Washington’s most respected observers and commentators on the ag-politics scene. Jim will outline the dynamics of agricultural policy, dive into the deals, give you a heads up on trade developments and his outlook on the mid-terms. You won’t want to miss this provocative opening address.


Mid-Day General Session: Growing Season Weather Risk in Agriculture

Eric Snodgrass – Meteorologist & Co-founder of Agrible

Learn how weather, technology, and prediction has influenced crop production and evolved in the Corn Belt for the last 70 years. You’ll learn how to use meteorologists’ tools to predict weather conditions and the influence these predictions have on commodity prices. Finally, we will forecast the weather for the remainder of the 2018 growing season and issues with yields. We will also forecast harvest long range weather both in the US and in South America.

Wrap-up Session: Keeping the Farm in the Family for Future Generations

Ron Hanson, PhD – Harlan Agribusiness Professor Emeritus University of Nebraska

Dr. Hanson specializes in successful transitions of farm business ownership while helping families resolve conflicts in a more positive manner through effective communication. Through Ron’s college teaching career, he has earned over 31 university and national awards.


More details & registration information here.

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