IFB Farm Income & Innovations Conference

Check out the presentations from the event below

It was great to see so many leaders, managers and ag professionals from across the state at the July 31 IFB International Reception/Bridge Event and the Aug. 1 Farm Income and Innovations Conference (FIIC). If you missed it, this was an exceptional event to hear from an array of outstanding speakers on trade, farm income, market prospects, changing weather and what it all means to Illinois farmers.

Approximately 150 leaders attended the Bridge Event, featuring former USDA Chief Economist and Ag Negotiator Dr. Joe Glauber. The next morning, Jim Wiesemeyer from ProFarmer kicked off FIIC with a dynamic presentation on the farm bill, trade policy and other “inside the Beltway” topics.

We were fortunate to have USDA Foreign Ag Service Administrator Ken Isley talking about trade and USDA’s priorities over lunch, followed by an exciting presentation on the weather risk by Eric Snodgrass. We wrapped up with a sobering but helpful presentation on passing down the family farm by Dr. Ron Hanson.

If you missed it, you can find the conference presentations below. And mark your calendar now for next year’s event, July 30-31, 2019.

2018 conference presentations

Trade Conflicts: What is at Stake for U.S. Agriculture
Dr. Joe Glauber, Sr. fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute & former agricultural envoy at the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office and USDA’s chief economist

Farm & Trade Policy in Volatile Times
Jim Wiesemeyer, Washington policy analyst at ProFarmer

Adding Value to Your Farm Income with Specialty Grains
Ken Dallmier, president & COO, Clarkson Grain Co.

Whole Farm & Family Financial Management: Timely Strategies & Lessons Learned
Paul Stoddard, lecturer in agribusiness at the University of Illinois College of ACES

Situation & Outlook for Crop Prices for 2018/2019
Todd Hubbs, assistant professor, agricultural commodity markets, Department of ACES, University of Illinois

Illinois Farmland Values and Lease Trends
Dan Patten, Regional manager, farm management and brokerage, Soy Capital Ag Services, Bloomington

How Meat Exports Enhance Your Bottom Line
Greg Hanes, vice president, international marketing and programs, U.S. Meat Export Federation

Growing Season Weather Risk in Agriculture
Eric Snodgrass, meteorologist & co-founder of Agrible

Keeping Your Farm in the Family for Future Generations
Dr. Ron Hanson, Harlan Agribusiness Professor Emeritus, University of Nebraska

Illinois Farmers Building Markets: Recap of IFB Market Study Tour Program
Tamara Nelsen, Illinois Farm Bureau senior director of commodities