The 2023 Northern Corn and Soybean Expo will take place Tuesday, February 14, 2023, at the Fargodome in Fargo, ND. The agenda includes a range of compelling speakers and informative presentations to help farmers with their journey to increased productivity and profitability. The general sessions feature leading experts and topics that affect North Dakota farmers.
Mike Pearson, host of the Agriculture of America radio show, will serve as the day’s emcee and will provide the closing keynote address. Pearson was born and raised in south-central Iowa, where he worked on his family’s hog and cattle farm. After graduating from Simpson College, Pearson moved to Grinnell, Iowa, where he had the chance to build his own cow herd in addition to working as an agricultural lender. Pearson left the world of finance and entered the world of media. He’s previously hosted “Market to Market” on public television, the Ag News Daily podcast. He’s currently part of the “This Week in Agribusiness” team; that show can be found on RFD-TV or hundreds of local stations each weekend.
Fertilizer Market Outlook
Skyrocketing fertilizer costs hit farmers hard in 2022, and prices for nutrients continue to trend higher than the historical average ahead of the next growing season. StoneX Director of Fertilizer Joshua Linville will provide a perspective on fertilizer prices and availability as farmers prepare for the 2023 crop.
Increasing Your Odds for Business Success
Professor Emeritus David M. Kohl, Ph.D. served in the Virginia Tech Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics from 1978 until his retirement in 2003. He taught more than 10,000 students in his courses: Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship, Agricultural Financial Management, Farm Business Management, Agribusiness Management, and Agricultural Management and Problem Solving. Kohl’s recent work has focused on analyzing the best management practices for optimum agricultural business performance and examining the enhanced productivity levels with online and blended training for agricultural lenders.
Kohl has published more than 1,500 articles in academic journals; in the popular press; and through Extension. Kohl is a two-time recipient of the prestigious American Agricultural Economics Association’s Outstanding Teaching Award; he is one of only five professors to receive the award twice.
Diversification Through Animal Agriculture
North Dakota has many of the key ingredients needed for a vibrant animal agriculture industry. The state’s wide-open farmland; ample supplies of corn; and, soon, a large supply of soybean meal for feed combine to make North Dakota an attractive place for livestock production. A panel of animal agriculture experts will help attendees better understand the opportunities that may exist for farmers to incorporate livestock on their farms. Panelists include the following individuals:
Harold Stanislawski, business and industry development director for the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI). AURI is a Minnesota nonprofit corporation that works to foster long-term economic development by creating value-added agriculture opportunities.
Ty Eschenbaum, managing partner, A1 Development Solutions. A1 Solutions is a full-service firm that supports opportunities for family farms and for building rural communities through the responsible growth of livestock, grain, processing and agri-industrial projects.
Steve Rommerein is a pork producer from Alcester, South Dakota. He served on the National Pork Board for six years, including serving one term as the board’s president.
The Wild Side of Weather
During the past several growing seasons, North Dakota farmers have dealt with saturated soils from too much spring rain, early snow, and severe drought. Very few things affect farming like the weather. Expo attendees will obtain insights from one of the nation’s leading weather experts.
Eric Snodgrass, senior science fellow and principal atmospheric scientist for Nutrien Ag Solutions, will discuss the factors that have affected the weather in the Upper Midwest and what farmers should watch for in 2023.
North Dakota’s Energy Future: Biofuels
North Dakota’s energy industry is not limited to oil production. Corn-based ethanol and soy-based fuels such as biodiesel and renewable diesel are increasingly attractive as the nation moves toward lower carbon fuels. A panel of biofuel industry experts will help attendees understand the opportunities which biofuels present. Panelists include the following individuals:
Floyd Vergara, director of state governmental affairs for Clean Fuels Alliance America. Vergara manages a team of professionals who are responsible for government affairs in all 50 states. Prior to joining Clean Fuels Alliance America, Vergara worked for the California Air Resources Board. He has extensive expertise with the Low Carbon Fuels Standard, climate change and air quality programs, renewable and conventional fuels, environmental justice, and other environmental issues.
Joe Kakesh, general counsel and corporate secretary for Growth Energy. Kakesh has significant experience with the Clean Air Act, the Renewable Fuel Standard, and other regulatory programs, including ones administered by the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Department of Energy, and others, relating to biofuels, mobile and stationary source emissions, endangered species, natural resources, agricultural pesticides, and a wide range of industrial and consumer products.
Ag Policy 2023 and What’s Driving Agriculture Now
As a farm broadcaster, Mike Pearson talks with many people who help shape today’s agriculture. Pearson will provide his unique perspective on the issues facing agriculture and what’s moving the industry forward.
Registration for this great FREE event is open now! Follow the links below or visit www.NorthernCornSoyExpo.com to view the latest updates and the full agenda, and to register today. See you at the Fargodome!