Connect and Grow
Join your fellow ag bankers for networking, development 

Each year, nearly 140 ag bankers from all across Wisconsin attend the WBA Agricultural Bankers Conference to interact with peers and to learn the latest about ag policy, market trends, and industry updates from nationally recognized speakers. This year’s conference will be held April 10-11 in Wisconsin Dells and features over seven hours of presentations and ample networking opportunities as well as several exhibitors who offer products and services geared for ag banking. 

After the WBA Agricultural Bankers Section Annual Meeting, keynote speaker Eric Snodgrass will kick off the conference with a session about managing weather risk. He’ll offer strategies to “predict chaos” and consume weather information to make timely and informed decisions, closing with a discussion about the progress of the 2019 South American safrinha crop. 

Another highly anticipated general session is the economic update and forecast from Matt Roberts, Ph.D. In simple-yet-entertaining terms, Roberts will explain how the economy is actually doing, down to the sector and/or regional level if needed, and what it means for your clients. Later in the day, attendees will hear a session about forecasting from Tim Ohlde. This presentation will offer an overview of five critical ratios at the heart of ag loan analysis along with tried-and-true tips for creating and implementing a balanced risk rating system. 

The second day of the conference will open with a Washington Update from Edwin Elfmann, followed by a riveting look at trends in milk pricing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Mark Stephenson, Ph.D. To close the conference on a high note, motivational speaker Lance Fox will share his story from Mount Everest in hopes of inspiring attendees to pursue their dreams, no matter what challenges they face.

Don’t miss this great event! Visit today for a full listing of conference sessions and to register online.