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9AM – 10AM CST
The commodity markets went through several swings in 2020 and continued its volatile ways starting 2021. What will move the commodity markets in 2021? What will be the opportunities for farmers and ranchers to be profitable in 2021? These are a few of the topics we’ll discuss with our market experts.
Tom Leffler, Leffler Commodities, Augusta, Kansas
Check out the Market Panel video below to see what will be the opportunities for farmers and ranchers to be profitable in 2021?
11AM – 12PM CST
Trade has become a more prominent topic of discussion among agriculture groups. With the Phase One trade deal with China, USMCA between the U.S, Mexico and Canada, trade with other countries like Japan, South Korea and others, what are the next steps to be taken by the Biden Administration. We will discuss this in two different areas. We’ll discuss trade policy and with a new administration, what direction it will go. We will also look at what the trade numbers were in 2020 and what we may see in 2021. We will also discuss trade policy and with a new administration, what direction it will go.
Maria Zieba, NPPC Director of International Affairs – National Pork Producers Council
Lesly McNitt, NCGA Public Policy Director, Trade and Biotech – National Corn Growers Association
John Duff, Executive Vice President-National Sorghum Producers and Sorghum Checkoff
Dalton Henry, Vice President, Trade Policy, U.S. Wheat Associates
Kent Bacus, Sr. Director of International Trade and Market Access, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association
Dalton Henry, Vice President, Trade Policy – U.S. Wheat Associates
Reece Cannady, Manager of Global Trade, U.S. Grains Council
Dan Halstrom, President and CEO – U.S. Meat Export Federation
Check out the Trade Panel video below to see what we discussed on trade policy and with a new administration, what direction it will go.
1PM – 2PM CST
We will hear from farmers and ranchers on several issues affecting them and agriculture. It’s an opportunity to hear what’s going on out on the farm and how they made it through 2020 and their outlook for 2021 and beyond.
Barb Downey, Downey Ranch, Wamego, KS
Kevin Ross, Chairman of the Corn Board, National Corn Growers Association Minden, Iowa
April Hemmes, United Soybean Board Director, Hampton, Iowa
Kevin Paap, AFBF Board Member, Garden City, Minnesota
Mike Houghtaling, General Manager, PC-Ag Solutions, Michigan
Dustin Stanton, Stanton Brothers Farms, Boone County Farm Bureau, Centralia, Missouri
Check out the Farmers/Rancher panel where we discuss 2020 and what’s to come in 2021.
3PM – 4PM CST
The future is exciting in agriculture. We know about all the new technology in equipment, but what about online? We’ll hear more about that technology and how it can help you increase revenue while decreasing costs for their operation.
Trevor McKeeman, Founder and CEO, Hitchpin.com, Manhattan, Kansas
Check out the Technology Panel video below to see the discussion with our Sponsor HitchPin.
4PM – 5PM CST
We will be joined by three weather experts who know agriculture and the importance of weather across the United States. What will the weather be like this spring heading into summer. How will planting season go and will we see delays because of weather. Will we see a late freeze or an increase in severe weather? The weather experts will give their insights during an important time of year.
Dr. Elwynn Taylor, Extension Climatologist at Iowa State University
Dennis Todey, Director of USDA Midwest Climate Hub
Dan Holiday, Meteorologist, The Storm Report
Check out the Weather panel where we discussed.. You guessed it. The weather. What will the weather be like this spring heading into summer? Find out on this intriguing weather panel.
We’ll hear from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack who returns to USDA after serving as Agriculture Secretary during the Obama Administration. Secretary Vilsack will give his thoughts on what will be the top priorities of USDA for 2021.
Check out the Keynote with 32nd United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack
When 2020 came to an end, agriculture lost two stalwarts when it comes to ag related issues when Kansas Senator and former Senate Ag Committee Chairman Pat Roberts retired and Minnesota Congressman and former House Ag Committee Chairman Collin Peterson was defeated.The look of the Ag Committees has changed. We will have a House and Senate panel of those who are Ag Committee members look ahead at 2021 and even further ahead on discussion of the next farm bill.
House Ag Committee Panel
Tracey Mann (R-Kansas)
Randy Feenstra (R-Iowa)
Senate Ag Committee Panel
Tina Smith (D-Minnesota)
Dr. Roger Marshall (R-Kansas)
Charles Grassley (R-Iowa)(Pre-Recorded Video)
With the congressional panel, we had a House and Senate panel of those who are Ag Committee members and looked ahead to 2021.
We’ll get an update on the financial picture for agriculture in 2021. We’ll also discuss the Paycheck Protection Program and how that’s affected agriculture operations.
Shan Hanes, President/CEO, Heartland Tri-State Bank, Elkhart, Kansas
Jared Fischer, Agricultural Loan Officer, Thumb Bank and Trust, Bay City, Michigan
Phillip Durbin, Vice President, Loan Officer, BTC Bank, Bethany, Missouri
With the Financial Panel we discuss 2021 and beyond for financial operations.
The focus will be on many topics that farmers and ranchers are doing with their conservation efforts and how states are helping farmers and ranchers preserve the land they farm and ranch. The Biden Administration has also placed a high priority on combating Climate Change and the policies that will affect agriculture.
Brian Pfarr, Lead on the Minnesota Soil Health Coalition
Ryan Britt, Past President of the Missouri Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts
Chuck Rice, University Distinguished Professor, Kansas State University
On the Conservation Panel, we focused on many topics that farmers and ranchers are doing with their conservation efforts and how states are helping farmers and ranchers preserve the land they farm and ranch.
2020 saw some significant developments in the ongoing fight against weeds, but from a research and policy standpoint. How could these developments impact what farmers will face this coming season, and what’s in the works for 2021? We’ll explore this issue and the latest on weed management with two university researchers.
Kevin Bradley, extension weed specialist, University of Missouri
Sarah Lancaster, weed management specialist, Kansas State University
On the Herbicide Panel we explored the latest on weed management with two university researchers.
How are agricultural groups and organizations preparing to work with the Biden Administration. After 2020, how are groups approaching 2021 and beyond. We’ll get the comments from those on the panel about where agriculture goes the rest of 2021 and into the future.
Rob Larew, President, National Farmers Union
Tim Lust, CEO-National Sorghum Producers & Sorghum Checkoff
Zippy Duvall, President, American Farm Bureau Federation
On the AG organization panel, we discussed how agricultural groups and organizations are preparing to work with the Biden Administration.
Thanks again for watching and engaging in our 2021 Alpha Media AG Summit!
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