Farm Progress

This annual conference highlights farm bill developments, farm business practices and current issues in agriculture.

Holly Spangler, Senior Editor, Prairie Farmer

November 20, 2017

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ASSETS: Look for the latest in farm management, commodity marketing and more at the annual Farm Assets Conference.

The Farm Assets Conference will be held on Nov. 21 in Normal, Ill. Sponsored by WILL radio, this annual conference brings together commodity group leaders and farmers to talk about new farm bill developments, business practices and current issues facing the agriculture industry.

Held at the Marriott Hotel in Normal, the conference runs from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; doors open at 9:30 a.m. Tickets are $35. The Illinois Corn Growers Association annual business meeting will be held in the same location from 8 to 10 a.m.

Here’s a look at the agenda:

10:30 a.m. Farm Bill, Crop Insurance, Trade and Ag Legislation
• Trevor Reuschel, legislative director for Rep. Cheri Bustos
• Tara Smith, vice president of federal affairs, Michael Torrey Associates
• Craig Gundersen, agricultural economist, University of Illinois

11:30 a.m. WILL Ag Soybean Panel
• Curt Kimmel, Bates Commodities, Normal
• Joe Vaclavik, Standard Grain, Chicago
• Chip Nellinger, Blue Reef Agri-Marketing, Morton, Ill.
• Todd Hubbs, commodity markets specialist, University of Illinois

Noon Lunch

1 p.m. Weather
• Eric Snodgrass, Agrible Inc.

1:30 p.m. Farmland Still Holding Value
• Bruce Sherrick, TIAA Center for Farmland Research, University of Illinois

2 p.m. Break

2:20 p.m. Marrying Conservation and Economics
• Gary Schnitkey, University of Illinois
• Dale Lattz, University of Illinois
• Moderator Laura Gentry, Illinois Corn Growers Association

3:10 p.m. WILL Ag Corn Panel
• Matt Bennett, Bennett Consulting, Channel Seeds, Windsor, Ill.
• Bill Gentry, Risk Management Commodities, Lafayette, Ind.
• Jim McCormick, Allendale, McHenry, Ill.
• Todd Hubbs, commodity markets specialist, University of Illinois

4 p.m. Conservation Survey via the Illinois Nature Conservancy and Illinois Soybean Association

For more information or to register, check out or call 800-898-1065.

About the Author(s)

Holly Spangler

Senior Editor, Prairie Farmer, Farm Progress

Holly Spangler has covered Illinois agriculture for more than two decades, bringing meaningful production agriculture experience to the magazine’s coverage. She currently serves as editor of Prairie Farmer magazine and Executive Editor for Farm Progress, managing editorial staff at six magazines throughout the eastern Corn Belt. She began her career with Prairie Farmer just before graduating from the University of Illinois in agricultural communications.

An award-winning writer and photographer, Holly is past president of the American Agricultural Editors Association. In 2015, she became only the 10th U.S. agricultural journalist to earn the Writer of Merit designation and is a five-time winner of the top writing award for editorial opinion in U.S. agriculture. She was named an AAEA Master Writer in 2005. In 2011, Holly was one of 10 recipients worldwide to receive the IFAJ-Alltech Young Leaders in Ag Journalism award. She currently serves on the Illinois Fairgrounds Foundation, the U of I Agricultural Communications Advisory committee, and is an advisory board member for the U of I College of ACES Research Station at Monmouth. Her work in agricultural media has been recognized by the Illinois Soybean Association, Illinois Corn, Illinois Council on Agricultural Education and MidAmerica Croplife Association.

Holly and her husband, John, farm in western Illinois where they raise corn, soybeans and beef cattle on 2,500 acres. Their operation includes 125 head of commercial cows in a cow/calf operation. The family farm includes John’s parents and their three children.

Holly frequently speaks to a variety of groups and organizations, sharing the heart, soul and science of agriculture. She and her husband are active in state and local farm organizations. They serve with their local 4-H and FFA programs, their school district, and are active in their church's youth and music ministries.

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