How to Identify and Correct the #1 Limiting Factor in Global Agriculture 

3:30 p.m. (Diamond 2) 

Speaker: Glen Rabenberg, Soil Works 

Weeds, disease, and poor water penetration are symptoms of compacted unhealthy soil. Agricultural has become accustomed to reacting to these symptoms with chemicals, micro-nutrients, and tillage. Correcting the cause of soil compaction restarts the soil ecosystem allowing oxygen and water to penetrate the soil profile eliminating the dependency on reacting to symptoms. In his presentation, Glen Rabenberg showed attendees how to identify soil compaction, what causes compaction, and a five-step approach to restore soil health and correct the cause.

Carbonomics - The Wonderful Underground Economy 

2:00 p.m. (Diamond 7)

Speaker: Keith Burns, Green Cover Crops

A unique approach to looking at the big picture of soil health by comparing the economy of a country to the underground economy of the soil. The complex relationship between plants, soil and biology and how they are interconnected and interdependent will be discussed. Economic fundamentals of supply, demand, currency, capital, energy, resources, infrastructure and defense will be applied to the bustling subterranean economy of a healthy soil system.  The role of Carbon as the currency that facilitates interactions between plants, soil, and biology in this system will be closely looked at.

Connecting the dots between Animal, Human and Soil Health

10:30 a.m. (Diamond 2)

Speaker: Glen Rabenberg, Soil Works

Glen Rabenberg will bring his knowledge of animal science and apply it to the soil. Many of the same required nutritional ratios shared by humans, animals and plants are reflected in the soil.

Field to Fork Face Off Game Show

8:00 a.m. (Diamond 2)

Speakers: NEFB Promotion & Education Committee

“Field to Fork Face-Off” is a Family Feud-style game that uses the opinions of youth, consumers and Farm Bureau members to test players’ knowledge of the public’s perspective of agriculture. This exciting game will begin the dialogue about agriculture, while featuring elements from “Food and Farm Facts.”

Food in the Field

3:00 p.m. (Diamond 8)

Speaker: Hannah Guenther

With 18+ hour work days, stress of the weather, dealing with markets and policies, and limited nutritious, one handed dining options, it is easy to put healthy eating on the back burner during the busy seasons of harvest and planting. Food in the Field is an online nutrition program. seeking to nutritiously feed those who feed us in the field and everywhere in between. This breakout session will cover valuable tools to help you plan ahead for the busy seasons. Participants will have access to fast, nutritious field friendly recipes and samples.

Just Okay, is Not Okay: Tips to Improve Your Grain Marketing Strategy 

10:30 a.m. (Diamond 7)

Speaker: Heather Ramsey

The goal of this workshop is to provide simple strategies that can add dollars & cents to a grain marketing strategy without creating loads of additional work or financial risk. We will tackle the types of marketing strategies that add flexibility & reduce risk, as well as what NOT to do if you are a farmer. We will do a short hands on sample selling exercise to hit home the points on basis, futures, emotional function of the market and timing.

Least Cost Your Rations - Keep Your Out-of-Pocket Down&

2:00 p.m. (Diamond 2)

Speaker: Ben Hellmen, Frontier Mills

Our true goal as producers should be keeping our out-of-pocket expenses as low as possible. Produce what we need for a Cattle off our own farm. By analyzing our feedstuffs and building our program’s around them, allows us to be as efficient as possible.

The Legacy

10:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m. (Diamond 6)

Speaker: Paige Pratt

Dreams are dreamt, legacies are built and fighting ensues. Learn communication tips, ideas for a successful business model and ways to maintain relationships through the succession planning process. Gain insight and share in the humor of Paige’s experiences surviving 2 farm family transitions.

Marketing Yourself

11:30 p.m. (Diamond 2)

Speaker: Morgan Norris, American Farm Bureau, Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee

The Past Present and Future of Drones in Agriculture

3:30 p.m. (Diamond 7)

Speaker: Josh Floth, Aurora Co-Op

Drones have become a popular tool in agriculture over the past decade and their wide range of uses continues to grow. Come learn about the history of drones in agriculture, where they stand today and where they will be over the next ten years.

One Row at a Time: Fighting Farm Stress

10:30 a.m. (Diamond 8)

Speakers: Dr. Katie Revels, Hannah Guenther, Beth Reynolds-Lewis

This workshop will help participants understand how our bodies and brains fuel the stress response as we encounter conditions and situations common in agriculture; how that response can spin out of control; and the 'throttles' we can find and use to turn down the stress response and regain control. This session will be a panel setup, so bring any questions you might have!

The Business of Farming

2:00 p.m. (Diamond 8)

Speakers: Tim Kalkowski, Shane Lechtenberg, Mike Hoffman, Bart Beatie

Join this panel of farmers and successful businessmen as they share their experiences about starting their businesses, challenges they have faced, obstacles they have overcome, and the success they have enjoyed! This is an interactive breakout where attendees are encouraged to ask questions of the panel members.

Telling Your Agriculture Story. Is It Actually Important?

2:00 p.m. (Diamond 7)

Speaker: Bryce Doeschot

In a world full of content, is it still relevant to try to tell the story of your family farming operation? How do you cut through the weeds to tell stories that people actually care about? This workshop will give you the tools and knowledge to share your important story in a way that consumers can consume!