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Commodity Classic Main Stage

 

10:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Located in the Trade Show Aisle 100, the Commodity Classic Main Stage, presented by Successful Farming and Commodity Classic offers unique entertaining, informative and educational sessions. Bring your lunch to the Main Stage seating area. Stop by throughout the afternoon to hear a variety of speakers and topics.

 

 

 

Thursday, February 27  

Presented by Successful Farming and Commodity Classic


Mini What’s New Sessions
10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Repeat of 8:15 a.m. session

 

During this fast-paced 90-minute window, exhibitors will present brief, back-to-back five-minute introductions to their newest innovations. Repeat of 8:15 a.m. Mini What’s New Sessions. Presentations occur in reverse order.

 

12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
SUCCESSFUL FARMING TALK
Strategies for Success in 2020

Sponsored by Successful Farming

 

Speaker: Al Kluis, Marketing Columnist, Successful Farming

 

Al Kluis will review the marketing plan he presented at last year’s Commodity Classic and provide his fundamental and chart outlook for this year. He will also provide his specific price and time plan for marketing your corn and soybeans for what promises to be another exciting year in grain marketing.

 

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1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

LEARNING CENTER SESSION

Economic Factors Impacting Your Machinery Purchases: Is Your Equipment an Asset or Liability?
Sponsored by CLAAS of America

 

Speakers: Manda Patrick, Director of Sales & Business Development, Iron Solutions; Cameron Hurnurd, Director of Data Services, Iron Solutions. Invited: CLAAS/University Professional and an Ag Machinery Dealer

 

Machinery expense continues to be farmers’ largest capital expense. Understanding how machinery values change over time along with technology advancements of new machinery can have a significant impact on your bottom line. We will explore used machinery trends, efficiency gains with new product introductions, and
the cost to maintain.

 

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2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
LEARNING CENTER SESSION
Investing in Profitability through 4R Nutrient Stewardship and Conservation

Sponsored by The Fertilizer Institute, NACHURS Alpine Solutions, and Certified Crop Adviser Program

 

Moderator: Sally Flis, Phd CCA, Senior Director of Agronomy, The Fertilizer Institute
Speakers: Calvin Haile, Co-Owner, Haile Farm, LLC, Dunnsville, Virginia; Bruce Knight, Owner/Founder, Strategic Conservation Solutions, LLC; 2020 Certified Crop Adviser of the Year (to be named at the session)

 

Come meet the 2020 Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) of the year awarded by the American Society of Agronomy.  Following the award presentation, a panel including the award winner, 4R Advocate farmer, and sustainable agriculture specialist, will discuss the adoption of 4R Nutrient Stewardship and conservation practices. The 4R Nutrient Stewardship considers the Right fertilizer source at the Right rate, at the Right time and in the Right place. The panel will cover impacts of practice adoption on farm profitability, nutrient and soil losses, and using practice data to meet consumer company sustainability goals and open new markets to farmers.

 

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3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
AG KEYNOTE
Fertility Secrets of High Yield Fields

Sponsored by Successful Farming

 

Speakers: Brian Hefty and Darren Hefty, Co-hosts of Ag PhD TV & Radio

 

How can you take your yields from good to great? The answer is likely this…by improving your fertility program. Best of all, you don’t necessarily have to spend more money. You just need to invest your dollars wisely. We’ll show you the data on which nutrients pay and which ones don’t, along with the ratios and the soil test levels you need to achieve to maximize the genetic potential of your crops. Higher yields and greater profits could be right around the corner for your farm!

 

 

Friday, FEBRUARY 28

 

Commodity classic main stage  

 

11:45 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.

Presented by Successful Farming and Commodity Classic
 

Located in the Trade Show Aisle 100, the Commodity Classic Main Stage, presented by Successful Farming and Commodity Classic offers unique entertaining, informative and educational sessions. Bring your lunch to the Main Stage seating area. Stop by throughout the afternoon to hear a variety of speakers and topics.

 

LUNCHTIME PRESENTATION
11:45 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.
Insights and Strategies for Our Current Ag Environment

Sponsored by CGB Enterprises, Inc.
A panel of industry experts discuss the current ag environment and share their insights and strategies to help you navigate the markets and benefit your operation.

 

12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
LEARNING CENTER SESSION
Ag Equipment Safety on Public Roadways

Sponsored by Association of Equipment Manufacturers

 

Speakers: John Fisher, Vice President of Technical Affairs (Retired), Alamo Group; Dale Dobson, Farm and Home Safety Program Administrator, Kentucky Dept. of Agriculture (invited)

 

Lighting and marking standards and regulations (e.g. the AMISA Bill) can be difficult to interpret and understand. Product Safety and Compliance Engineer, John Fisher, will counsel attendees using the AEM “Visual Guide to Lighting and Marking,” which he was instrumental in developing. This session will provide guidance as you prepare your equipment for on-road travel. Topics will include the appropriate use of the often-misapplied SMV and SIS symbols and a brief explanation of recent changes to North American ag field equipment braking performance standards to accommodate the increased operational speed and mass of ag equipment.

 

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1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
SUCCESSFUL FARMING TALK
African Swine Fever: The Next New Plague

Sponsored by Successful Farming

 

Moderator: Betsy Freese, Executive Editor, Successful Farming
Panelists (invited): Christine McCracken, Executive Director, Rabobank; Joel Haggard, Senior Vice President for Asia, U.S. Meat Export Federation; Dermot Hayes, Economist, Iowa State University

 

African swine fever (ASF) is spreading rapidly in Asia and Eastern Europe, disrupting grain trade and carrying the potential to devastate the swine industry in North America. This panel will discuss the impact of ASF on trade, grain markets, and swine farms in the U.S. if this deadly virus arrives.

 

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2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
SUCCESSFUL FARMING TALK
Ag Tech: Investing in the Future

Sponsored by Successful Farming

 

Moderator: Megan Vollstedt, Agronomy & Technology Editor, Successful Farming
Farmer Panelists: To Be Announced

 

Agriculture is no stranger to technology. While innovations in software, hardware and bio-based solutions offer increased precision, they can be challenging to adopt. Attend this panel discussion to hear successes and lessons learned from growers who have incorporated ag tech on their operations. Did they see returns? If not, why not?

 

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3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
SUCCESSFUL FARMING TALK
Your Vote Matters! Ag and the DC Landscape

Sponsored by Successful Farming

 

Moderator: Dave Kurns, Editor, Successful Farming
Panelists: Mary Kay Thatcher, Senior Lead, Federal Government Relations, Syngenta; Tara Smith, Executive Vice President, Michael Torrey Associates; Chandler Goule, CEO, National Association of Wheat Growers

 

In a general election year, we’ll talk with experts about the trends and influences of the political landscape that impact agriculture. We will not discuss specific candidates. Instead, the focus will be on getting issues about farming and ranching on the table in Washington, DC.

 

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Saturday, february 29  

 

Commodity classic main stage  

 

8:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Presented by Successful Farming and Commodity Classic
 

Located in the Trade Show Aisle 100, the Commodity Classic Main Stage, presented by Successful Farming and Commodity Classic offers unique entertaining, informative and educational sessions. Come by to hear a variety of speakers and topics.

 

8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Cooking Demonstration

Sponsored by USA Poultry & Egg Export Council

 

Speaker: Mary Alice Cain, MS, RD, LD

 

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, as well as the benefits of consuming fresh, local ingredients. Mary Alice will teach home chefs of all levels how to make cooking healthy, simple, approachable—and DELICIOUS!

 

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10:00 a.m. 10:45 a.m.

SUCCESSFUL FARMING TALK
Time to Retire: Transitioning the Farm to the Next Generation

Sponsored by Successful Farming

 

Moderator:  Laurie Bedord, Executive Editor, Successful Farming
Farmer Panel: Two generations of farmers from two different farming operations that have successfully transitioned responsibility

 

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. This session will feature the story of how two generations are coming together to ensure a transition plan is in place.

 

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10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
SUCCESSFUL FARMING TALK
Fine Tune Your Marketing Plan in 2020

Sponsored by Successful Farming

 

Speaker: Al Kluis, Marketing Columnist, Successful Farming

 

The seasonal odds charts are much different in even and odd years. Volatility has always increased in the election years (think 2008 and 2012!) This year, Al has some different recommendations on the timing of when you should sell your cash and new crop corn, soybeans, and wheat.

 

 

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