America's largest farmer-led, farmer-focused agricultural & educational experience!

Saturday, March 11


7:00 a.m. -­­ 8:00 a.m.

Early Riser Session

Using On-Farm Trials to Increase Learning and Improve ROI

Sponsored by Total Acre

Room W312
NextGen Fertilizer

In today’s world of high input costs, finding out what works in your area and conditions is crucial to reducing your spend and ensuring ROI. World record holders Randy Dowdy and David Hula will discuss benefits and best practices of conducting on-farm trials – one of the main methods for them learning what products and practices increase yield and ROI on their own farms.



Randy Dowdy, Farmer, World Record Soybean Yield Champion & Partner, Total Acre

Dave Hula, Farmer, World Record Corn Yield Champion & Partner, Total Acre



7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Registration Desk Open

8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.  

Face Painter (Booth #3431)

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  

Trade Show: Open (with Snack 8:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.) 

Sponsored by Our Soy Checkoff/United Soybean Board


8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  

Tours Desk Open 

8:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Learning Center Sessions


8:15 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Next Gen Fertilizer Challenges: Overview of Performance from New Technologies in the Field

Sponsored by National Corn Growers Association (NCGA)


Room W207


Enhanced Efficiency Fertilizers (EEFs) and other next generation technology innovations may be an important addition to a system of conservation practices that help reduce the impacts from row crop agriculture while maintaining or increasing agricultural productivity and profitability for the U.S. farmer. At this session speakers will present information on agronomic and environmental performance for new technologies currently on- or near-market in the U.S. This session is part of a large partnership between the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), The Fertilizer Institute (TFI), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC), USDA, and EPA.



Upendra Singh, Vice President Research – Chief Scientist, International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC)

Christopher Clark, Senior Physical Scientist, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Research and Development (ORD)

Peter Vadas, National Program Leader for Land and Air, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS)

TBD, Certified Crop Adviser

Leanna Leverich Nigon, Director of Agronomy, The Fertilizer Institute
Mike Wilson, Certified Crop Advisor, Agronomist & Product Lead, Wabash Valley Service Company



Bye Bye La Nina: What That Means for the 2023 Crop Year

Sponsored by DTN


Room W208


La Nina conditions over the past two growing seasons have led to weather challenges for much of the country, particularly west of the Mississippi River. Now that La Nina is headed out the door, what will the weather patterns for the 2023 growing season look like, and what new weather challenges lie ahead?



John Baranick, Ag Meteorologist, DTN



9:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

The Evolution of Solutions in Today’s Economy

Sponsored by Ag Resource Management (ARM)


Room W207


Each growing season presents its own set of unique challenges, and each year farmers find a way to piece together a solution. In this session we will discuss how past challenges were addressed and how we can use that knowledge to address looming challenges we see on the horizon for 2023.



Gerald Kruger, Director of Channel Development, Ag Resource Management



Going Beyond Carbon

Sponsored by Pivot Bio


As agriculture technology, climate preservation and market demand continue to converge how can growers leverage their operations sustainability practices to create true market value? While carbon credits are one way, there are opportunities beyond carbon that can bring high value selling opportunities for the grower. In this panel discussion, growers and sustainability program experts come together to share their diverse experiences across agriculture’s sustainability program landscape. From addressing the hard stuff, like, sharing the challenges of managing program logistics across thousands of acres to sharing their sustainability program success stories.





8:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Main Stage in Trade Show

Presented by Successful Farming and Commodity Classic

8:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

Featured Presentation:

The State of Soy: Soy Checkoff Leaders Offer Updates on Current and Future Plans and Goals

Sponsored by Our Soy Checkoff/United Soybean Board

One of the strongest advantages of the soybean industry are the partnerships that collectively leverage farmer investments for maximum results. This session will tackle the current and future state of U.S. Soy that impacts all 515,000 U.S. soybean farmers. Hear from soy leadership how the research, promotion and education efforts of the checkoff drive ROI and create value for all farmers.



9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Successful Farming Talk: Generation Next: A Retiring Couple’s Journey to Find a Successor to the Family Farm

Sponsored by Syngenta®


Carroll and Kathy Hoksbergen were determined to ensure young farmers became the next generation to take over their Iowa farm. It took dogged determination, valuable fleeting time, hard work, a ton of pencil pushing, and the cooperation of lending institutions to make it happen. Hear about the retiring couple’s journey to find a successor to their family farm. Kitt Tovar Jensen will also offer insight on how to make the transition process as seamless as possible.



Laurie Bedord, Successful Farming

Carroll & Kathy Hoksbergen, Iowa farmers

Kitt Tovar Jensen, Beginning Farmer Center manager, Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation at Iowa State University



10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Menestrelli Dog Circus

(Booth #3449)



10:30 a.m. -11:15 a.m.

Successful Farming Talk: Strategies for Success – How Did 2022 Go?

Sponsored by Successful Farming


Kluis has spent 40 years charting the markets and he shares his marketing advice – and his Price Targets for farmers. Al Kluis will review the marketing plan that he presented at last year’s Commodity Classic.



Al Kluis, Managing Director, Kluis Commodity Advisors



1:00 p.m. - 5:50 p.m.

Optional Tour: Blue Spring State Park St. Johns River Cruise



5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Worship Service

Room W207



8:30 p.m. - 9:45 p.m.

Evening of Entertainment

Sponsored by Bayer Crop Science


Chapin Theater

Stay through Saturday night for our Evening of Entertainment featuring 38 SPECIAL! After more than four decades, 38 SPECIAL continues to bring their signature blast of Southern Rock to over 100 cities a year. You’ll enjoy experiencing a live performance of their many arena-rock pop smashes including, “Hold On Loosely,” “Rockin’ Into the Night,” and “Caught Up in You.”



Please find general Education descriptions for What's New, Mini What's New, and Learning Center sessions here.