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Agriculture

Banks sponsor ag conference Feb. 7 at Mendota Civic Center

Reservations should be confirmed by Saturday

MENDOTA — The 20th annual Community Bank Ag Conference is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, at the Mendota Civic Center.

Starting the program will be Kanlaya Barr, senior economist with John Deere & Co. Her presentation topic will be an economy perspective of today: Where are we? Where to next? She will cover progress in eradicating extreme poverty, key observations on current and agricultural economic conditions, and where to go from here.

Following Barr will be Mark Schweitzer, vice president of economic research for Archer Daniels Midland. He works with ADM business leaders to provide economic and market intelligence, and tools that enable better business and risk-management decision-making.

His conference topic will be “Ag: The New Frontier.” Barr will also speak about the current supply and demand, and the future of agriculture.

The keynote speaker will be David Kohl. For 25 years, Kohl was professor of agricultural and finance and small business management and entrepreneurship in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Kohl has addressed the American Bankers Agricultural conference for 35 consecutive years, and has appeared before numerous state bankers’ schools and conferences in the United States, Canada, Mexico and throughout the world.

He has also been one of the top-rated instructors at the LSU and Colorado Graduate Schools of Banking, and is chancellor of Farm Credit University.

Area farmers are encouraged to contact First State Bank of Mendota, Pioneer State Bank of Earlville and H.F. Gehant Banking Co. of West Brooklyn prior to Saturday, Feb. 2, to confirm reservations for the event.

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