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

Friday, March 11


6:45 a.m. -­­ 6:00 p.m.

Registration Desk Open


7:00 a.m. -­­ 8:15 a.m.

Early Riser Session

Live Taping of U.S. Farm Report

Sponsored by Farm Journal
Join U.S. Farm Report and host Tyne Morgan for a live taping of the show during Commodity Classic. From exploring the crop production potential for 2022, to digesting the demand picture, veteran marketing analysts will take a deep dive into discussing commodity markets and pricing potential in the new year. 


The live taping includes a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to produce the show every week. In addition to the taping, audience Q&A helps create an interactive, lively discussion you won’t want to miss during the 2022 Commodity Classic. Make plans to join U.S. Farm Report, the nation’s longest running syndicated agricultural news program that has been on the air since 1975.


Tyne Morgan, Host & Executive Producer, U.S. Farm Report

Chip Flory, AgriTalk

Chip Nellinger, Blue Reef Agri-Marketing

Arlan Suderman, Stone X Group


7:00 a.m. -­­ 8:30 a.m.

NCGA National Corn Yield Contest State Award Winners Breakfast


8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Trade Show: Optional Media-Only Access for Scheduled Appointments

Sponsored by USA Poultry & Egg Export Council and UPL NA


9:00 a.m. -­­ 11:00 a.m.

General Session

Sponsored by Corteva AgriscienceTom Vilsack, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture

The General Session is a true highlight of Commodity Classic where you’ll feel a powerful sense of common purpose and pride as a member of the farming community.


Long-time Commodity Classic emcee Mark Mayfield returns to the stage this year to moderate a much-anticipated panel with our association leaders. Joining Mayfield are ASA President Brad Doyle, NCGA President Chris Edgington, NAWG President Dave Milligan, NSP Chairman Kody Carson, and Todd Stucke, AEM Ag Sector Board Chair. Plus, you won’t want to miss our new panel this year, featuring high-level ag industry leaders for a discussion on key issues they see on the horizon for agriculture.


Tom Vilsack, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, joins us to provide national leadership perspective on top farm issues. Vilsack, who served previously as USDA Secretary, was the longest-serving member of President Obama’s original Cabinet. Prior to his appointment, he served two terms as the Governor of Iowa, served in the Iowa State Senate and as the mayor of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa.


11:00 a.m. -­ 4:30 p.m.

Trade Show: Open (with Lunch 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)


11:00 a.m. -­ 4:30 p.m.

Cooking Demonstration

Sponsored by USA Poultry & Egg Export Council

Registered Dietitian Mary Alice Cain of the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council
joins the cooking stage showing us her favorite healthful recipes using U.S. poultry and eggs. A Gulf Coast native now living in Atlanta, Mary Alice focuses on promoting well-balanced, wholesome meals and affordable nutrition. Mary Alice will teach home chefs of all levels how to make cooking healthy, simple, and approachable – and delicious!

SPEAKER: Mary Alice Cain, MS, RD, LD


12:15 p.m. -­­ 1:00 p.m.

Main Stage Learning Center


The Agricultural Outlook

Sponsored by American Soybean Association/ Our Soy Checkoff

The agricultural sector is constantly experiencing dynamic changes. This session brings leading agricultural economists from different sectors to discuss the outlook and what it means for crop and livestock prices, input costs and government payments over the next several years. Short presentations from each economist covering their respective outlook will be followed by a question and answer session with the audience. This is a chance to see what to expect for prices, costs and payments on your farm.


Seth Meyer, Chief Economist, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Scott Gerlt, Economist, American Soybean Association

Mac Marshall, Vice President of Market Intelligence, United Soybean Board/U.S. Soybean Export Council

Erin Borror, Economist, U.S. Meat Export Federation


12:30 p.m. -­­ 1:00 p.m.

What’s New Session

Meet the New Innovative Herbicides for Corn and Soybean Farmers

Sponsored by Corteva Agriscience

Corteva Agriscience has two new herbicides – Resicore® XL for corn and Kyber™ for soybeans. Pending regulatory approval, Resicore XL will offer proven, powerful weed control, a wider application window, greater tank-mix compatibility, and increased crop safety. Kyber delivers long-lasting residual, convenience, flexibility, and strong weed control with three proven MOAs.


Ron Geis, Market Development Specialist, Corteva Agriscience

Aaron Smith, U.S. Product Manager, Soybean Herbicides, Corteva Agriscience


12:30 p.m. -­­ 1:30 p.m.

Learning Center Sessions

Reimagine Soil Management to Boost Planter Performance and Sustainability

Sponsored by Case IH

Variable rate seeding prescriptions have been vital to many farming operations for years. Today, some growers are achieving increased yields, greater planter productivity and healthier soils — all by using that same variable rate approach with their soil management practices. The Heftys of Ag PhD dig into data with Dr. Alison Bryan, tillage agronomist for Case IH, to show why tillage prescription technology could become the norm on operations in the near future — whether you practice conventional or conservation tillage.


Brian and Darren Hefty, Ag PhD TV & Radio Hosts

Dr. Alison Bryan, Case IH Research Agronomist


Farm Management Strategies to Navigate a Volatile Market

Sponsored by Purdue University - Center for Commercial Agriculture

During this session, a panel of experts will share key lessons from 2021 and help producers plan for the financial and risk management realities of 2022. The discussion will feature the latest data from the Purdue/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer. These results will have a specific focus on what farmers see happening with regard to their current financial situation, expected profitability in 2022, the desirability of making large investments in their farms, plans for expansion and their approach to risk management during these challenging times. Emphasis will be placed on the role of technology adoption in improving farm profitability.


Dr. Jason Henderson, Associate Dean College of Agriculture and Director of Purdue Extension, Purdue University

Dr. James Mintert, Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics and Director, Center for Commercial Agriculture, Purdue University

Dr. Michael Langemeier, Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics and Associate Director, Center for Commercial Agriculture, Purdue University

Dr. Nathanael Thompson, Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University

Dr. Fred Seamon, Executive Director of Commodity Research and Product Development, CME Group


Finding the “Sweet Spot”: Combining Precision Agriculture and Conservation to Build a Sustainable and Diverse Farming Landscape

Sponsored by United Sorghum Checkoff Program (USCP)

Conservation practices bring immense value to both farms and ecosystems through improved soil health, increased biodiversity and other key climate-positive impacts. When targeted in the right way, these practices can also increase an operation’s overall economic profitability, making it a win-win for all sides. Precision agriculture tools can play a key role in helping farmers take a focused, acre-by-acre approach in their conservation efforts, identifying the most strategic acres for wildlife habitat or practice changes, while keeping the rest of their working lands in production. In finding that “sweet spot,” farmers are building successful operations alongside healthy farming landscapes. This session will be co-hosted by Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever and Cotton Incorporated in a cross-commodity, cross-sectoral collaboration.


John Duff, United Sorghum Checkoff Program Executive Vice President

Dr. Mark McConnell, Mississippi State University Assistant Professor of Upland Birds

Rachel Bush, Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever  Conservation Program Manager

Jesse Daystar, Cotton Incorporated Chief Sustainability Officer and Vice President of Sustainability

Andy Hineman, Hineman Farms

Nick McMichen, McMichen Farms


1:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Main Stage: Successful Farming Talk

Generation Next: Succession Planning Spotlight

Sponsored by Pivot Bio

Handing over the responsibilities for a farm’s assets from the older to the younger generation can take many years. It’s a complex process that requires much thought and planning to ensure a smooth transition. If done correctly, a wonderful legacy can be left to future generations.


Laurie Bedord, Executive Editor, News & Technology, Successful Farming

Jason and Paige Pratt, Farmers, Southwest Virginia


1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

What’s New Sessions

The Technology Factor: Is New Technology *Right* for You?

Sponsored by Ag Leader

Technology enables the operator and the team to work better together – more efficiently and accurately through automating or assisting critical tasks and providing just-in-time information inside and outside the cab, making day to day farming more productive and enjoyable for both operators with decades of experience to new on the job. Come see the latest that will change the way you farm -including new technology for your planter and sprayer.


Sam Wilson, Technology Sales Specialist, Ag Leader

Brett Buehler, Technology Sales Specialist, Ag Leader


John Deere Advanced Technology Adds Value to Your Farm

Sponsored by John Deere

In a prequel to the session “John Deere Future Precision Ag Technology Explorations – What does it mean for your farm in the future?”, come see how exciting new changes from John Deere enable customers to do more with less and keep running in the field during critical times of the farming operation.  These advances in equipment and technology will help customers be more sustainable and productive than ever before and help pave the way for what’s coming next.

Speaker: Tammy Lee, Production Agriculture, Marketing Manager, Agricultural & Turf Division, John Deere


Discovering What’s Next in Below-Ground Protection: New Soybean Seed Treatment Data

Sponsored by Valent U.S.A.

Zeltera™ Soybean System is powering the next generation of seed treatments from Valent U.S.A. Zeltera fuels protection from diseases like Rhizoctonia solani and SDS. In this session, review new data from the 2021 growing season, highlighting impact on soybean yield.


Kenneth Seebold, Product Development Manager - Seed Protection, Valent U.S.A.

Will Griffin, Seed Protection Market Manager, Valent U.S.A.


2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Learning Center Sessions

Maximizing Nutrient Use Efficiency 

Sponsored by Corteva Agriscience

Nutrient management is critical to achieving yield goals in your corn crop. However, environmental factors can limit a crop’s access to key nutrients such as nitrogen when plants need it most. New technologies like natural biostimulants and satellite imagery can help increase yield in cases where nitrogen may be a limiting factor.  This session will focus on the nutrient cycle, and how these new tools fit within a traditional nitrogen management program to achieve optimal nitrogen use efficiency throughout the critical growth stages of the plant’s lifecycle.  


Trent Brisby, Corteva Digital Farming Product Marketing Manager (Moderator)

Bob Gunzenhauser, Granular Digital Agronomy Science Manager

Brent Wilson, Pioneer Product Line & Agronomy Leader

Mike Moechnig, Corteva Agriscience Field Scientist


The Faces of Ag Innovation

Sponsored by Farm Credit

From drones that seed cover crops to robots that safely manage stored grain, this panel will showcase cutting-edge innovations in farming. Hear from leaders of innovative companies, farmers who use these new technologies, and those who support and encourage their development. This panel will be moderated by Michelle Miller, the Farm Babe. Audience members will be invited to participate in this town-hall-style event.


Dave Button, Row Shaver

Michael Ott, Rantizo CEO & Founder

Chad Johnson & Ben Johnson, Co-Founders, The Grain Weevil

Michelle Miller, the Farm Babe


Strengthening U.S. Soy’s Access to the Global Soybean Export Market

Sponsored by: United Soybean Board/Soy Checkoff

Transportation is a trending topic these days, but did you know New Orleans serves as a catalyst for exporting U.S. agricultural products globally? Learn how your soy checkoff research is spearheading partnerships with other national and state commodity groups to increase infrastructure investments at key strategic supply chain links, including the lower Mississippi River corridor and the inland waterways system. These checkoff research investments will maximize profit opportunities for U.S. soybean farmers and other farmers who rely on this important system. Join experts from the United Soybean Board, Soy Transportation Coalition and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as they give you an inside look at how these investments impact your farm and bottom line.


Mac Marshall, VP Market Intelligence, USB and USSEC

Mike Steenhoek, Soy Transportation Coalition

Edward E. Belk, Jr., Programs Director, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Mississippi Valley Division


2:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

What’s New Sessions

John Deere Future Precision Ag Technology Explorations – What does it mean for your farm in the future?

Sponsored by John Deere

John Deere continues to invest and be a leader in precision ag, making farmers more profitable and doing more with less.  In a sequel to the session “John Deere Advanced Technology Adds Value to Your Farm,” come see what technologies John Deere is exploring for future agricultural advancements, and how they are bringing high tech to your farm fields to unlock additional value for you, your consumers, and your stakeholders.

Speaker: Joel Dawson, Production & Precision Ag Marketing, John Deere


Get TOUGH R™ on Herbicide Resistant Weeds!

Sponsored by Belchim Crop Protection USA

Weed resistance to many herbicide groups is on the rise and Belchim USA’s TOUGH R™ can help! This premixed solution of pyridate and mesotrione, with its patent pending synergy, protects your crops with up to 100% post-emergence control against broadleaf weeds as part of an integrated weed management program.


Dennis Long, National Technical Service and Development Manager, Belchim Crop Protection USA

Troy Bettner, Commercial Director, Belchim Crop Protection USA


2:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Main Stage: Successful Farming Talk

Oh, the Mistakes We’ve Made, So You Don’t

Sponsored by FMC

The most successful farmers are the ones that are always pushing the envelope, incorporating new growing strategies, methods, products, and equipment. XtremeAg – some of the nation’s most successful growers – come together to share their key learnings and key mistakes from 2021 and discuss the changes they will make in 2022. Profitability comes from smarter farming.


Natalina Sents Bausch, Managing Editor, Successful Farming (Moderator)

Matt Miles, Farmer, McGehee, Arkansas

Kelly Garrett, Farmer, Arion, Iowa

Kevin Matthews, Farmer, East Bend, North Carolina


3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

What’s New Sessions

Short Stature Corn: The Next Evolution of Corn Production That Will P.A.Y.

Sponsored by Bayer Crop Science

Bayer’s Smart Corn System, currently under development, marks a potential transformational shift in corn production. This innovative system will combine the benefits of short stature corn hybrids with tailored agronomic recommendations and digital services, helping growers better manage risk and unlock yield potential in the face of an ever-changing climate. 


Denise Bouvrette, Ph.D., North America Corn Project Manager & Launch Lead, Bayer Crop Science

Ryan Tichich, Corn Agronomic Systems Team Lead, North America Market Development, Bayer Crop Science


Liquid Versus Dry Fertilizer at Planting…. Do I have a Choice?

Sponsored by Fendt

In 2022 Fendt is releasing an all new dry fertilizer system equipped on the Momentum planter, the most agronomically advanced planter in the world. This will allow growers to have another option for at planting applications in order to best fit their nutrient management program and operational needs.


Arthur Santos, Marketing Manager, Fendt Planters, NA

Jason Lee, Global Agronomy and Farm Solutions Manager, AGCO Corporation


Weed Control Without Compromise: Introducing Tendovo Soybean Herbicide

Sponsored by Syngenta

Chasing higher yields in soybean production requires planting and stopping yield-robbing weeds earlier each year. Yet early-season weed control often means sacrificing crop safety, plant population and ultimately potential yield. Until now, that is. Come learn how Tendovo herbicide will change weed management in soybeans as you know it.


Pete Eure, Technical Product Lead, Soybean Herbicides, Syngenta

Daniel Stephenson, Ph.D., Professor, Louisiana State University’s College of Agriculture


3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Main Stage: Successful Farming Talk

Tips from the “Planter Doctor”

Sponsored by Successful Farming

An expert in planter and tillage technology, Kevin Kimberley has delivered numerous speeches and demonstrations to farmers during the years. He will cover preparing planters to deliver peak performance, and tillage tactics to create the ideal seedbed.


Kevin Kimberley, President, Kimberley Ag Consulting

Dave Mowitz, Editor, Successful Farming


3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Learning Center Sessions

How to Become a Yield and ROI Champion

Sponsored by Biovante

A common belief is that yield contest winners pour high amounts of fertilizer and other crop inputs into a plot to achieve high yields, which is not economically sustainable. A new generation of growers is changing that narrative. By focusing on soil health, adopting biological products and refining cultural practices, they’ve shown you can consistently set new yield records while slashing input costs for seed, fertilizer and pesticides. Learn how these growers achieve record yields while lowering input costs from our panel of yield and ROI champions.

SPEAKERS: Farmer Panel

Jimmy Frederick, World Record Holder for Dryland Soybean Yield, Rulo, Nebraska

Greg McClure, Illinois Soybean Yield Champion, St. Francisville, Illinois

Matt Brincks, ROI Champion, Fredericksburg, Iowa

Delaney Howell, M.S., Founder/Owner/CEO, AgCulture Media LLC (Moderator)


John Deere Local Economic & Agronomic Decisions (LEAD)

Sponsored by John Deere

Walk through research and studies that have been conducted by John Deere’s Production Systems Team and customers utilizing their LEAD network that focuses on what solutions are available to increase yields while reducing input costs.  The John Deere Team will discuss the year in the life of a corn plant and what impact each decision that a producer makes will ultimately have on the final yield.  In addition, we will share how innovative technology is opening new marketing opportunities based on grain constituents in small grains. We will utilize data from farm trials that have been conducted by our team as well as partners in the industry like universities, associations, etc.  


Brad Van De Woestyne, John Deere Corn & Soybean Agronomist

Lina Pham, John Deere Go-To-Market Manager

Yancy Wright, John Deere Small Grains Test Lead

Jolene Keim, Corn and Soybean Production System Marketing Manager, John Deere


Will Dry West - Wet East Repeat in ‘22?

Sponsored by DTN

2021 featured record heat and drought in the western U.S. and very wet conditions in the eastern U.S. Will that pattern show up again in the 2022 crop year? DTN Ag Meteorologist John Baranick will share insights on weather hazards and conditions expected through the upcoming growing season.

SPEAKER: John Baranick, DTN Ag Meteorology Lead  


3:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

What’s New Session

Pivot Bio Unlocks Reliable Nitrogen For All: How Growers Can Improve Their Nitrogen Management On Corn with Microbes

Sponsored by Pivot Bio

Learn more about how Pivot Bio is building on its microbial tech platform to launch new products that help growers take back control of their nitrogen.


Ernie Sanders, Vice President of Product Development, Pivot Bio

Keith O'Bryan, Director, Product Development, Pivot Bio

Matt Kestel, Agronomist, Pivot Bio


4:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Main Stage: Special Event

2022 International Certified Crop Adviser of the Year Award Presentation

The American Society of Agronomy will present the 2022 International Certified Crop Adviser (ICCA) award recipient. CCAs are partners with farmers on the front lines of critical decisions in agriculture – the risks are high, and the pressure has increased – with tight margins, new technology, pest concerns, and consumer pushes for sustainability in agricultural supply chains.


This award annually recognizes a CCA who delivers exceptional customer service, is highly innovative, has shown that they are a leader in their field, and has contributed substantially to the exchange of ideas and the transfer of agronomic knowledge within the agricultural industry. Winner to be announced at the ceremony.


5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

National Sorghum Yield Contest Reception


6:00 p.m. -­­ 8:30 p.m.

NCGA Awards Banquet

(Ticket required)


6:00 p.m. -­­ 9:00 p.m.

ASA Awards Banquet

(Ticket required)


8:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

NSP PAC Auction & Casino Night

(Ticket required)