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Center Stage

Presented by Successful Farming Magazine
Location: Exhibit Hall
Free presentations and panel discussions to help you maximize profits and grow your operation.

Tuesday, January 29

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Masters and Mavericks Producer Panel Discussion
Featuring: Tim Richter, Saratoga Partnership, Gregg Halverson, Black Gold Farms, Kathy Applegate, Applegate Acres Co., Chuck Shelby, Shelby Farms

Interactive Q&A sessions featuring highly successful producers. Panelists will share their opinions on business management, leadership, and next generation farming practices as well as future predictions on economic outlook, global trade, growth opportunities, technology, policy, regulations and more.

1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Masters and Mavericks Manufacturer Panel Discussion
Featuring: James Borel, Executive Vice President - DuPont, Matt Daley, CEO, North America - GEA Farm Technologies, Inc., Rusty Fowler, President & CEO - Krone NA, Inc. Leif Magnusson, President, North America - Claas of America, Inc.

Interactive Q&A sessions featuring senior agribusiness leaders. Panelists will share their opinions on business management, leadership, and next generation farming practices as well as future predictions on economic outlook, global trade, growth opportunities, technology, policy, regulations and more.

2: 30 - 3:30 p.m.

Masters and Mavericks Manufacturer Panel Discussion
Featuring: Bob Crain, Sr. VP and GM, North America - AGCO Corporation, Greg Embury, VP, Sales & Marketing - Kubota Tractor Corp., Cleo Franklin, VP of Marketing and Strategic Planning –Mahindra USA Inc., J. Larry Sanders, Ph.D., President and CEO, SFP, Albert Zahalka, Senior VP and General Manager, Topcon Precision Agriculture

Interactive Q&A sessions featuring senior agribusiness leaders. Panelists will share their opinions on business management, leadership, and next generation farming practices as well as future predictions on economic outlook, global trade, growth opportunities, technology, policy, regulations and more.

Wednesday, January 30

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Trends in Agriculture
By: Terry Kastens, Kastens Inc. Farms and Emeritus Professor, Kansas State University and Kevin Dhuyvetter, Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics, Kansas State University

This session will discuss some of the general trends in agricultural and underlying factors behind them and what this means for managers of commercial farming operations. In addition to general trends, information related to machinery costs, and specifically, the economics of machinery-related technologies will be presented.

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

All Around the Farm: Inventor’s Showcase
By: Doug Applegate, Agtelligent, Oakland, Iowa; Dennis Grieve, Salmon River Innovations, LLC, Star, Idaho; Jerry Crum, Cow Creek Ranch House, LLC, Okemah, Oklahoma; Chris Houts, ZEM Tech, Wadena, Minnesota; Dan Muff, Y Drop LLC, Garner, Iowa

While many farmers may not consider themselves inventors, it’s not unusual to see a gadget or two on any given farm that someone has devised to make life a little easier. For some, the flash of genius that helped resolve a problem or even saved them money never leaves their farm. Their satisfaction comes in knowing they created a solution. However, there are those, like the five innovators featured in this session, who decide to take their invention to the next level.

Would-be inventors face many obstacles when making an invention become a money-making venture. Whatever the potential obstacles, it hasn’t discouraged these inventors who firmly believe in their ideas. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how their ideas came about and how they’ve taken them to the next level. Who knows it may inspire you to pull your own idea from the shop and see what potential it has in the marketplace.

12:15 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Markets Update
By: Mike McGinnis, Marketing Editor, Successful Farming Magazine

1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Masters and Mavericks Producer Panel Discussion
Featuring: Kip Tom, Tom Farms, Bill Horan, Horan BioProduction, LLC, Rick Tolman, National Corn Growers Association

Interactive Q&A sessions featuring highly successful producers and agribusiness leaders. Panelists will share their opinions on business management, leadership, and next generation farming practices as well as future predictions on economic outlook, global trade, growth opportunities, technology, policy, regulations and more.

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Masters and Mavericks Manufacturer Panel Discussion
Featuring: Roy Applequist, President/Owner - Great Plains Manufacturing, Mark Harrington, Vice President - Trimble Agriculture, Mark Core, Vice President, Marketing & Lifecycle Management - Vermeer Corporation, Gary MacDonald, Executive Vice President - MacDon Inc., Jim Walker, VP, North American Ag Business - Case IH

Interactive Q&A sessions featuring senior agribusiness leaders. Panelists will share their opinions on business management, leadership, and next generation farming practices as well as future predictions on economic outlook, global trade, growth opportunities, technology, policy, regulations and more.

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Top Shops
Featuring: Dave Mowitz, Senior Machinery Director, Successful Farming magazine.

Farmer ideas for designing and improving their farm shops are some of the most popular pages in Successful Farming magazine. Mowitz will share ideas on how you can give an existing shop a facelift that will not only expand its work capacity but improve its efficiency as well.

Thursday, January 31

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Masters and Mavericks Agribusiness Panel Discussion
Featuring: Terry Jones, Jones Enterprises, Tracy Zeorian, U.S. Custom Harvesters, Inc., Sara Wyant, Agri-Pulse Communications, Inc.

Interactive Q&A sessions featuring highly successful producers and agribusiness leaders. Panelists will share their opinions on business management, leadership, and next generation farming practices as well as future predictions on economic outlook, global trade, growth opportunities, technology, policy, regulations and more.

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Getting the Most from Your Soil
By: Dave Mengel, Professor of Agronomy, Kansas State University

Our soils are an important resource, and their properties should drive many of our management decisions, particularly those involving plant nutrients and water. This session will focus on some of the basics in managing nutrients today, especially fertilizers, and sort out some of the fact from the fiction commonly heard about that process. Some of the topics touched on will include: soil testing, plant analysis, crop sensors, variable rate nutrient application, and quality control in nutrient management, with the goal of building a cost effective nutrient management program.

12:15 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Markets Update
By: Mike McGinnis, Marketing Editor, Successful Farming Magazine

1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Machinery Pete.

Greg Peterson, who writes the Machinery Pete column for Successful Farming magazine and appears on the Successful Farming Machinery Show, has been compiling auction sale price data since 1989. During that time he’s seen a lot of change in the auction market. Pete will share what he’s seen over the last decade when it comes to used equipment sale prices and take a glimpse into future trends in this arena.

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Testing Technologies: Putting Precision Ag to the Test
By: Dr. Paul Gunderson, NDSU

Does precision ag technology really pay? If so, how long until you see your return on investment. Those are just a couple of the questions the Dakota Precision Ag Center set out to answer when they tested precision ag technologies on their contracted answer farms in the northern high plains. Gunderson says the results are rather interesting and he will share the findings in this session.