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

Saturday, March 12


7:00 a.m. -­­ 8:00 a.m.

Early Riser Session

Back 2 Basics Soil Nutrition: High-Yielding Crops Start with Proper Nutrition. Proper Nutrition Starts with Soil Analysis

Sponsored by AgroLiquid

We know that what we harvest at the end of the season is dependent on the attention given to the beginning; and that starts with a crop fertility plan based on a complete soil analysis. Back 2 Basics is intended to take an in-depth look at the nutrients that may make a difference in your crop. We will cover critical topics from cation exchange capacity, the foundation to understanding your soil’s capacity to hold nutrients, and base saturation to pH, calcium, potassium, sulfur and phosphorus, as well as a few nutrients (and micronutrients) in between.


Brian & Darren Hefty, Agronomists, Farmers, & Co-hosts of AgPhD

Stephanie Zelinko, National Agronomist, AgroLiquid

Brian Waugh, Regional Sales Manager, AgroLiquid


7:00 a.m. -­­ 12:00 p.m.

Registration Desk Open


8:15 a.m. -­­ 9:15 a.m.

Education: Learning Center Sessions

Banded Fertility: Music for High Yields

Sponsored by Calmer Corn Heads, Inc.

How can you get the most out of your fertilizer application? Whether it’s liquid or dry, fall or spring, preplant or in-season, Banded Fertility has great potential to improve fertilizer use efficiency and yield, but there are key management factors that help tune this agronomic practice into perfection. Learn about our research findings on the benefits, barriers, and breakthroughs for increasing yields with better placed fertilizer applications.  


Dr. Fred Below, Professor of Crop Physiology, University of Illinois

Scott Foxhoven, Graduate Research Assistant, University of Illinois


Biologicals Across the Ag Value Chain: On your Farm, in the Factory and in your Food 

Sponsored by Novozymes BioAg

In your soil, in your tractor and in your beer. Biologicals and enzymes are at work all around you, especially in agriculture. We explore the critical roles biologicals and enzymes play across the agricultural value chain. From biofertility and biocontrol, to animal health and nutrition, to biofuels, to brewing, baking and industrial cleaning; microbials work for us. Learn how nature’s problem solvers employ biological solutions and novel modes of action to address the complex challenges facing those who feed the world. On your farm, in the factory and in your food, biologicals and enzymes play a vital role.


Jon Treloar, Novozymes BioAg Technical Agronomist

Lone Nilsson, Novozymes Agriculture and Industrial Biosolutions VP of Applied Research


The Economics of Agronomics

Sponsored by Syngenta

The best agronomic management practices are tied to economics. So what steps can farmers take to make sure they’re choosing the right crop inputs that will bring them the greatest returns? Our panel of economic and agronomic experts will provide timely insight and explain why inputs that seem optional can wind up being essential when return on investment is calculated. Our panel will also explore how data and technology from whole-farm management programs can help determine which inputs will provide the greatest value to farmers on a field-by-field basis.


Stephen Peterson, District Manager, Syngenta 

Brady Brewer, Assistant Professor, Agricultural Economics, Purdue University

Danny Morris, Lecturer, University of Tennessee

David Widmar, Co-founder, Agricultural Economic Insights


8:30 a.m. -­­ 12:00 p.m.

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

Sponsored by Fendt


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

Main Stage: Learning Center Session

A Healthy Soil Microbiome: The Key to Unlocking More Profit

Sponsored by Sound Agriculture

Finding ways to gain profit beyond nutrient application is critical. New scientific discoveries have shown that when we take a closer look at the biology beneath the soil, applied nutrients are only part of the story. Microbes, the nutrient middle men, act as essential vehicles that deliver nutrients to the plant. Without a healthy soil microbiome, applied nitrogen and phosphorous is squandered. In fact, it's common to experience nitrogen losses of 30-50% and phosphorus tie up of up to 80%, greatly minimizing what plants can actually put to use.


With a deeper understanding of how the soil microbiome works, you can discover ways to wake up the microbes and maximize profits, whether by increasing yields or reducing input costs. Learn more about the microbiome and the latest technologies to unlock more from every acre. Joining the conversation will be growers who will share their tips for taking back control.


Adam Litle, CEO, Sound Agriculture

Jeff Divan, Director of Sales Agronomy, Sound Agriculture

Guest growers


9:30a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

What’s New Sessions

Digital Tools Enable Sustainability and ROI (Return on Investment) Through Data Management

Sponsored by Climate LLC, Bayer's digital farming unit

Today, the Climate FieldView™ app has more than 180 million subscribed acres globally. With potentially significant revenue to be generated by farmers through environmental programs. How do farmers record their use of cover crops and other sustainable practices? What is the process to confirm that cover crops were even planted? How does a third party verify? The short answer: they need a digital platform. And to launch a program at any meaningful scale, the digital platform needs to be robust, easy to use, and have widespread farmer adoption. 

Please join Climate LLC/Bayer Crop Science experts and a farmer customer to discuss importance of digital farming in environmental programs, and new capabilities in FieldView™ that will enable participating farmers, to move from manual to equipment data collection, which will provide an easy and more precise means of measurement across their operations. 


Opening Remarks: Demir Devecigil, Global Sustainability Product Lead, Climate LLC

Panel Moderator: Dr. Pam Bachman, Director of Sustainability & Outreach, Climate LLC

Q&A with Climate LLC/Bayer Crop Science and TBD farmer customers


The Future is NOW. Technology to Move You Forward, Faster.

Sponsored by Indigo Ag

Science, Data and Technology are powering a digital transformation for agriculture, driven by sustainability. This session will reveal the new approach driving integration of the industry, to enable economic, social, and environmental progress globally. Join us as we discuss what this means for you and your business.


Heather Gieseke, Commercial Head of Carbon

Chris Harbourt, Chief Strategy Officer

Amit Menipaz, Chief Product Officer


9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.


Main Stage: Successful Farming Talk

If Your Table Could Talk

Sponsored by Successful Farming

Jolene Brown will take you to the kitchen tables and meeting rooms of productive family businesses. She’s learned that to have harmony at the table there must be clarity of control and roles, structured communication, and the courage to work through conflict and roadblocks. Only then will you leave the table and do what needs to be done.


Jolene Brown, Professional Speaker, Farmer, Family Business Consultant; Jolene Brown LLC


10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Main Stage Learning Center

Carbon Markets Tell-All Panel Session with Nutrien Ag Solutions

Sponsored by Nutrien Ag Solutions

One of the most covered topics of the 2021 cropping season was the potential for growers to “farm” and sell carbon. As Nutrien Ag Solutions has worked through a portfolio approach to examine the carbon marketplace opportunities for growers, we have learned about the grower, ag retail, and digital pros and cons of operating in the marketplace. In this panel session, Nutrien Ag Solutions retail and digital staff will discuss what we have learned working across a variety of platforms. Additionally, the panel will provide the grower perspective on participation, data requirements, and economic and environmental outcomes.


Sally Flis, Ph.D, CCA, Sr. Manager, Sustainability Field, Nutrien Ag Solutions

Jack Brodshaug, Sr. Principal Digital Agronomist, Nutrien Ag Solutions

Dusty Weis, President, Podcamp Media

Janette Veazey-Post, Owner/Managing Member, Lamb Farms, Inc.


12:30 p.m. -­­ 2:00 p.m.

Closing Learning Center Session

12 Steps to Yield Marketing Success

Sponsored by Advance Trading, Inc.    

With the volatility of current markets, it is now more important than ever to gain control of your grain and livestock marketing. Make this year a defining moment for your operation. When it comes to marketing, the future truly is in your hands. Step up your game plan and be confident for the future. This session will provide real world examples of how you can make simple changes to maximize the success of your marketing plan.

SPEAKER: Dave Fogel, Vice President/ Ag Risk Management Advisor, Advance Trading, Inc.


1:00 p.m. -­­ 4:00 p.m.

NCGA Corn Congress Session II


1:00 p.m. -­­ 4:30 p.m.

ASA Voting Delegates


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

Optional Tour

St. Joseph Sugar Cane Farm

St. Joseph has been an operating sugar cane farm since 1830, farming approximately 1,000 acres of prime Louisiana agricultural farmland. Today, the farm continues to be owned and operated by descendants of the founding family. During this tour, the group will be guided through a brief history of the plantation followed by a tour of the sugar cane fields. 

Learn more about tours here.


2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Optional Tour

The "Big Easy" City Tour

From the sultry history of the French Quarter to the majesty of St. Charles Avenue’s stately mansions, this is a thorough and fascinating introduction to the endless variety of sights found in the “Big Easy.”  Come on a fascinating roundabout of the city’s unique neighborhoods such as St. Louis Cemetery, one of the unique “Cities of the Dead.” Also visit St. Charles Avenue following the country’s oldest streetcar line, beautifully restored mansions and City Park, which is as magical and unique as the city of New Orleans. This outdoor oasis has enchanted New Orleanians since 1854, making it one of the nation’s oldest urban parks. All of the stories and facts will leave you with a real sense of New Orleans’ true spirit, its proud history and rich culture. 

Learn more about tours here.


2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Optional Tour

Behind the Scenes of Mardi Gras

Step into the studios of Blaine Kern and his team of world-renowned float-builders! Since 1947, Mardi Gras World’s artists and craftsmen have designed and built the oldest and biggest parade floats and attractions each Mardi Gras season, with over 500 floats built and decorated every year. See how these amazing pieces come to life each year and then take a ride up historic Saint Charles Avenue to see where the Uptown parades begin their procession each year. 

Learn more about tours here.


2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Optional Tour

NOLA Brewing Company with tasting

Visit to the award-winning NOLA Brewing Co., serving up a good time and great, locally brewed beers in New Orleans’ Irish Channel Neighborhood. This behind the scenes look with the top Brewmaster, will visit the technical side of microbrewing from start to finish. If you are thirsty after the tour, you’re in luck! We’ll end things on a “hoppy” note with a sampling of NOLA Brewing’s award-winning brews.

Learn more about tours here.


2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Optional Tour

NOLA Traditions: Distillery Tour with Tastings

Learn the history behind distilling in New Orleans with this fun and exciting trip to two of our city’s distilleries. Enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at the distillation process where we will tour two of New Orleans’ best local distilleries. First up is Cajun Distillery, home of Crescent Vodka! Whether you are meeting new people or old friends, the Crescent City offers camaraderie to all. Handcrafted from a special breed of Louisiana sugarcane distilled in custom-built copper stills, Crescent Vodka pays tribute to the millennial-old tradition of raising a glass together.  


Next, step back in time as you head over to Storyville; this used to be the hottest neighborhood offering smooth jazz and even smoother drinks.  Sample a line of high-quality spirits at New Orleans’ newest distillery, Seven-Three Distillery & Co. The curated rooms within this distillery tell a story of the fine tradition of distilling in the city and how it evolved along with the other pleasures that made New Orleans famous.

Learn more about tours here.


2:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Optional Tour

A Day On the Bayou

Enter the land of swamps and marshes, home to hundreds of species of unique and interesting animals while discovering the land that gave birth to Cajun culture and cuisine. This excursion starts on a bayou where gnarled and twisted cypress stumps and branches lushly draped with Spanish moss, line the banks of this waterway. On this meandering cruise, the captain, a native of the region, provides an interesting and entertaining narrative of the history of this massive swampland.

Learn more about tours here.


5:30 p.m. -­­ 6:00 p.m.

Worship Service

All are invited to attend this nondenominational service, led by the Fellowship of Christian Farmers.


8:30 p.m. -­­ 9:45 p.m.

Evening of Entertainment

Sponsored by Bayer Crop Science