Local agriculture producers are encouraged to attend the Chippewa Valley Ag Conference, which will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 22 at Florian Gardens Conference Center, at 2340 Lorch Ave. in Eau Claire. The full-day conference will feature two keynote addresses and a variety of breakout sessions on topics impactful for area ag operations.
Security Financial Bank (SFB) is very excited about the speaker lineup and the assortment of topics for this conference, indicated Jenny Jereczek, SFB’s director of agriculture banking.
“We hope the conference provides an opportunity for producers and industry professionals to network and gain valuable insights on industry trends, which they can apply to their own operations,” Jereczek said.
“We are invested in the ag community and are happy to be providing some relevant content to local ag producers so they can run their operations more effectively,” said Mark Oldenberg, president and CEO of SFB.
The conference will kick off with a welcome keynote address from Kim Bremmer, a nationally recognized speaker who started Ag Inspirations with a mission to inspire farmers to tell their stories, connect people to where their food comes from, and represent the great success of American agriculture today.
During the afternoon keynote session, Jacob Shapiro will discuss how geopolitical developments are affecting the global economy and will identify both risks and opportunities for agriculture in the tumultuous years ahead. Shapiro is a speaker, consultant, author, and researcher covering global politics and affairs, economics, markets, technology, history, and culture. He speaks to audiences of all sizes around the world, helps global multinationals make strategic decisions about political risks and opportunities, and works directly with investors to grow and protect their assets in today’s volatile global environment.
Throughout the day, attendees also will have the opportunity to attend three separate breakout sessions. Topics include:
- Know Your Numbers by Cathy Asher of Security Financial Bank
- Corn and Soybean Market Situation and Outlook by Brenda Boetel of UW–River Falls
- Factors that Impact Beef Cow/Calf Economics by Dr. Amy Radunz of Purina & Synergy Coop
- Dairy Dynamics by Leonard Polzin, UW–Madison, Division of Extension
- How to Pass Your Farm Legacy: Succession Planning Strategies and Tools by Mykayla Dado and Linda Danielson of Ruder Ware
- Application Drones: Where to Start and Is It Right for My Operation? by Joe Anderson of Johnson Tractor and Jeramy Williams of American Drone
- Plan for a Better Tomorrow by Jan Schaffner of Schaffner Tax Solutions
- Manure Handling and Implementation When Working with Bio-Energy Companies on Digestor Projects by Matt Komro of Komro Sales & Service, Inc.
Cost to attend is only $25 per person and includes lunch, both keynote sessions, and three different breakout sessions. To register, visit https://cvagconference2024.eventbrite.com. Registration deadline is February 15, 2024, but attendees are encouraged to register early as space is limited.
For more information or questions, contact Becky Seelen, SFB director of marketing and corporate communications, at 715-930-7030 or email@example.com
The conference is being presented by Chippewa Valley Technical College and Security Financial Bank along with American Drone, Fox Cities Builders, GPS Dairy Consulting, Komro Sales & Service, Johnson Tractor, Ruder Ware, Schaffner Tax Solutions LLC, Synergy Cooperative, and WRDN.