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At the Farm Futures Business Summit you’ll network with other like-minded growers to solve farm management’s biggest challenges.

Mike Wilson

April 28, 2021

4 Min Read
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You’ve met a lot of people over the last year over your laptop or other device, but did those meetings have the same impact as a live event?

If you’re being honest the answer is likely no. And that’s why we’re so excited to organize and invite you to the 2021 Farm Futures Business Summit, to be held June 16-17 at the Marriott Hotel and Conference Center just outside Iowa City.

There is a reason schools are so anxious to replace virtual learning with classroom interaction. When we asked one of our summit speakers why networking is so important he responded, “My behavior changes when I’m physically in front of someone. I’m more engaged and less distracted.”

It’s time to reconnect with each other and re-ignite your passion for agriculture.

Related: Around Farm Progress shares insight on the Farm Futures Summit

This energy-packed event gives farmers good information and ideas you can put to use today. It’s a chance to share solutions to common problems and discover better ways to manage your farm.

Packed agenda

You’ll hear from former U.S. Ambassador Gregg Doud, who recently served as Chief Ag Negotiator in the Office of U.S. Trade Representative and is one of the primary architects of the U.S.-China "Phase One" trade agreement. Doud, who was raised on a Kansas grain and livestock farm, will offer reflections on his work as chief ag negotiator in the Trump administration.  

Rancher and farm management guru Dick Wittman will be there to offer best management tactics for leading growers. Economist Roger McEowen will offer a preview of potential tax changes and ways farm families can manage their estate plans. Former ag banker Curt Covington will offer tips on how to make your operation a more financially forward-focused business. Water Street Solutions CEO Darren Frye will outline open book management strategies that can make your farm more attractive to potential employees. This Week in Agribusiness meteorologist Greg Soulje will offer a growing season weather outlook and TWIA anchor Max Armstrong will emcee a grain market analyst panel discussion on the bull market.

As always, the summit provides a chance to participate in live polls and ask questions anonymously through our interactive Slido technology.

Make new friends

Someone once said, all great things happen in our life because of an encounter with another person. It’s these encounters that change the way you think about something, or the way you approach solving a problem. These are the positive benefits of reconnecting at the summit. You’ll make new friends who are as passionate about farming as you are. You’ll learn first-hand what works and what doesn’t from cross-table conversations.

That networking opportunity has been sorely missed these past several months. We’re counting on a chance to catch up with each other and learn a few new things at the same time. Just go to www.farmfuturessummit.com to get registered and nail down your hotel reservations. See you in Iowa!

Want to save 20% on the 2021 Farm Futures Summit? When you register at farmfuturessummit.com use the promo code FFLIVE.

Learn more about Farm Futures Summit

  • Former ag trade negotiator to share China insights at summit - Pull up a chair and listen in as Gregg Doud, former U.S. Trade Ambassador and one of the primary architects of the U.S.-China Phase One trade deal, shares his view of China and future ag exports at the upcoming Farm Futures Business Summit.

  • How the Boot Camp can make you a better business manager - Cash flow statements, analyzing farm growth opportunities and how to use working capital are some of the topics we’ll be touching on live at the 2021 Ag Finance Boot Camp, to be held June 15 at the Coralville Marriott Hotel and Conference Center just outside Iowa City.

  • Farm Futures Summit returns with in-person meetings - Is it time to meet old friends, learn a few new things, and sharpen up your farm management skillset? You bet it is, and we’re here to help. After long months of isolation the 2021 Farm Futures Business Summit is set to go live June 16-17 at the Coralville Marriott Hotel and Conference Center just outside Iowa City. 

  • Wittman to offer proven strategies to solve farm management problems - Dick Wittman is the keynote speaker for the upcoming Farm Futures Business Summit. Wittman, an Idaho rancher and farm management consultant, will offer his take on the best ways to professionalize the family farm, a hot topic these days as farms look to pass the business to younger generations.



About the Author(s)

Mike Wilson

Senior Executive Editor, Farm Progress

Mike Wilson is the senior executive editor for Farm Progress. He grew up on a grain and livestock farm in Ogle County, Ill., and earned a bachelor's degree in agricultural journalism from the University of Illinois. He was twice named Writer of the Year by the American Agricultural Editors’ Association and is a past president of the organization. He is also past president of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists, a global association of communicators specializing in agriculture. He has covered agriculture in 35 countries.

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