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Convention offers a host of big names in Midwest ag

AMES, Iowa — Agriculture aces will spotlight market, risk management and technology trends, and key agriculture policy issues to monitor in 2014, at the Go Profit Wild National Farmers national convention Jan. 27-29, at the Kalahari Hotel in Wisconsin Dells, Wis.

“We’re honored to host so many distinguished guests at our national convention this year,” said Perry Garner, National Farmers director of communications and marketing. “Their input about agriculture will complement what our professionals share with producers about the coming year in commodity marketing and risk management. These officials and true professionals will bring valuable knowledge to our producers.”

Among those presenting as guests are the following:

• Wisconsin Secretary of Agriculture Ben Brancel, Madison, Wis.

• Wisconsin Farm Service Agency Director Brad Pfaff, Madison, Wis.

• Producers Livestock Marketing Association Vice President of Pork Richard Ellinghuysen, Omaha, Neb.

• Alan Guebert, award-winning syndicated ag columnist, Delavan, Ill.

• Wenonah Hauter, Food and Water Watch executive director, Washington, D.C.

• Kelsey Fink, BouMatic district sales manager, Madison, Wis.

• Country Today Editor Jim Massey, Barneveld, Wis.

• Agri News Managing Editor Mychal Wilmes, Rochester, Minn.

• U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, Minnesota (Via video)

The 2014 convention agenda is stacked heavy with ag topics for the farm and ranch operator who wants to advance.

For dairy producers

BouMatic District Sales Manager Kelsey Fink will present “Trends in the Dairy Industry” on Jan. 27, discussing the move toward automation. Jan. 29, during the dairy workshop, dairy and ag news editors, along with Dr. Richard Levins, professor emeritus, University of Minnesota, will examine where cooperatives fit economically, with so much foreign ownership in the industry.

For livestock producers

In a livestock workshop Jan. 29, Ellinghuysen will address red meat’s market share, the historically small cattle herd and what Asian markets can do for producers as he presents a program titled, “The Future of the Livestock Industry.”

Additionally, on Jan. 27 at 1 p.m., National Farmers Livestock Program Manager Pat Lampert and Senior Cattle Marketing Negotiator Jeff Rose will present, “Cattle Marketing in Risky Times,” a risk management training session for producers both new and experienced in using tools such as futures, options and processor forward contracts in their operations. The workshop is funded in part by a grant from USDA’s Risk Management Agency. All livestock producers are invited to attend by calling 515-598-4658.

For grain producers

On Jan. 29, Senior Grain Marketing Analyst Pete Lorenz will address the latest in the grain markets and how risk management profits for producers, along with touching on the importance of the Renewable Fuel Standard to markets. Chris Webb, National Farmers Crop Insurance/AgAssure agent, will discuss why crop insurance matters in 2014, and how it performs.

On Jan. 27, Vice President Paul Riniker, Greeley, Iowa, will share his outlook for agriculture and National Farmers. In the evening on Jan. 28, National Farmers President Paul Olson, Taylor, Wis., updates members during his keynote address highlighting 2013 accomplishments, and National Farmers presents Young Producer Awards to operations for each National Farmers region.

The events combined provide important 2014 operational, commodity marketing and risk management insights from National Farmers professionals for dairy, grain and cattle producers. All producers are encouraged to attend.

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