William Murphy, administrator of the U.S. Risk Management Agency, will be a headline speaker at the South Dakota Corn Growers Association's 26th annual meeting, Jan. 7 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center.
Murphy, who has spent more than 30 years with RMA, will share insight and expertise about crop insurance, prevented planting and other programs. The agency provides economic protection and risk management tools for America's farmers and ranchers.
The Pennsylvania native is a graduate of Penn State University with a degree in farm management and agronomy. He worked several jobs with the RMA before serving as acting administrator during the transition to the Obama administration and then being appointed administrator by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in 2009.
Other speakers will include Mark Pearson, host of the "Market to Market" show; agricultural spokeswoman and professional speaker Jolene Brown; South Dakota Agriculture Secretary Walt Bones; and Brian Hefty, agronomist with Hefty Seeds and Ag PhD.
The evening entertainment will be John Mueller's Winter Dance Party, a tribute to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper.
Pearson, a market analyst with a sense of humor, will give a talk that focuses on a long list of important topics: energy security, food production, demographic changes, debt issues, grain production, livestock markets, the lost years and more. "The whole enchilada," he says.
The fifth-generation Iowa farmer,hosts the nationally syndicated public television program, "Market to Market." He has earned a national reputation for his keen agribusiness insight and funny presentations.
Brown's presentation will be titled, "The Facts of Life: When Family and Business Collide."
In order to achieve productivity, profitability and collaborative families, there must be communication tools in place, documents in writing and a commitment to leadership and ownership transition, she says.
Brown is an agricultural spokeswoman, an Iowa farmer, an author and a professional speaker. She'll provide valuable information and how to successfully operate a family farm.
Hefty will discuss drainage issues and drain tiling.
Bones will look back at agricultural accomplishments in 2011 and provide an update on what's in the works.
The evening's Winter Dance Party will feature rock 'n' roll hits from the late 1950s as John Mueller plays the role of Buddy Holly in this musical tribute to three stars who died in a 1959 plane crash. He will be joined by Jay P. Richardson Jr. as the Big Bopper (Richardson's dad) and Ray Anthony as Ritchie Valens.
The long list of songs from that era will include, "That'll Be The Day," "Peggy Sue," "Oh Boy," "Rave On," "La Bamba" and "Chantilly Lace."
To register, go to www.sdcorn.org.