WBA held our first of many hybrid conferences on July 8. While the Agricultural Bankers Conference had been scheduled to take place in April, the event was postponed and offered in a hybrid format. More than 40 ag bankers gathered in-person in Wisconsin Dells, and another 55 joined the conference via livestream. Many of the conference speakers shared the impact that COVID-19 has had on Wisconsin’s agriculture community – supply channel issues, exporting challenges, and the changes to demand based on consumers’ eating habits trending towards eating at home as opposed to in restaurants. 

Attendees in the Dells noted their appreciation for the spaciously set conference room, which allowed for physical distancing. With travel restrictions in place or a lower level of comfort with traveling, attendees on the livestream were able to stay up to date on the changing agricultural landscape in Wisconsin from the comfort of their home or office. 

What to Expect at a Hybrid Conference 

  • Those attending in person will see that we are setting the room much more spaciously and encouraging physical distancing.
  • Those attending via livestream can see a video of the speaker in action, along with their presentation.
  • All attendees can submit questions, either by raising your hand in-person or by sending in a chat via our digital platform Zoom.
  • Conferences with an exhibit hall will offer a mobile app to feature exhibitors and provide detailed information to the virtual attendees.
  • When concurrent breakout sessions are held, the sessions will all be recorded and made available to all attendees – virtual and in-person.