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Early Riser Sessions

Set your alarm for these eye-opening early morning presentations on market trends and ag issues. Complimentary coffee and pastries are provided. Offered on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.




7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
The Great Grain Market Debate: Will 2019 Be A Game-Changer?

Sponsored by Corn+Soybean Digest and Farm Futures, Farm Progress, Channel Seed


Speakers: Bryce Knorr, Senior Grain Market Analyst for Farm Futures magazine and Farm Futures Daily newsletters; Edward Usset, Grain Marketing Specialist, Center for Farm Financial Management, University of Minnesota; and Matt Bennett, Grain Marketing Consultant, Channel Seed


Uncertainty roiled futures markets in 2018 thanks to shifting patterns of demand and weather. Find out what forces are shaping world markets and where and when key turning points could appear. Our panel of experts provides insights on the past, present and future of the grain market. You’ll also get actionable ideas to consider implementing on your farm to control risks from unpredictable markets in the U.S. and around the world. Discover how to prepare a marketing plan for 2019 and 2020, with strategies that could be effective in volatile markets and take advantage of new opportunities.






7:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
U.S. Farm Report

Sponsored by Farm Journal Media


Moderator: Tyne Morgan
Panelists: Mark Gold, Managing Partner, Top Third Ag Marketing; Bob Utterback, Utterback Marketing; Bill Biederman, Market Analyst, Allendale


Be a part of “U.S. Farm Report,” the nation’s longest-running, syndicated, agricultural news program, produced by Farm Journal Broadcast. See a television show in the making and guide the lively discussion by asking questions of host Tyne Morgan and a panel of commodity traders and analysts. Gain insight into futures, market trends and other agricultural issues as the experts debate topics you present. Highlights from this special television taping will air nationwide on “U.S. Farm Report.”






7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Tuning Out the Noise for More Focused Decision-Making

Sponsored by Advance Trading, Inc.


Speaker: Dave Fogel, Vice President, Advance Trading, Inc.


Could the grain marketing landscape for the 2018/2019 corn and soybean crop be any more intimidating than it currently is—and promises to be for the remainder of the year? Probably not. Unfortunately, the rougher the farm economy, the higher the level of noise that farmers must contend with. Tuning out market noise is easier said than done. But doing so helps you make more aggressive and profitable marketing decisions that can pay handsome dividends. This session outlines what information can be trusted and how to completely tune out all background noise that is comprised solely of opinions and guesses.