By Craig Rogan
Spring is here, meaning the Wisconsin Bankers Association’s (WBA) Agricultural Bankers Conference is just around the corner on April 13–14 at the Kalahari Convention Center, Wisconsin Dells. These days are spent reconnecting with fellow ag bankers, sharing experiences from throughout the last year, and acquiring new and updated knowledge to propel our industry into the future. We will welcome many new ag lending professionals to our industry at this conference as well.
Whether you are new to the Ag Banking Conference or a seasoned pro, there’s always something to be learned; however, some things never change; making sound credit and risk decisions should still be at the forefront of your day-to-day analysis, assessing farm’s management practices today to ensure viability and long-term success remains a crucial piece of the puzzle.
We again welcome Dr. David Kohl, a professor emeritus at Virginia Tech who holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Cornell University. Dr. Kohl’s solid agricultural knowledge, paired with his ongoing research and experience, makes him a true ag expert.
The months of April and May leave many farmers focused on when the fields will be dry enough to plant. Eric R. Snodgrass is the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. As an educator and engaging speaker, he will discuss if current and projected weather conditions may allow for a rapid jumpstart on this year’s growing season. With his guidance, we will examine the global weather outlook and what this could mean for potential yields outside of the U.S. as well as what role weather plays in affecting grain commodity prices.
Wisconsin is going strong in the dairy industry with nearly 1.27 million cows and 6116 dairy farms across the state. UW-Madison Dairy Markets and Policy Outreach Specialist Leonard Polzin will be speaking and updating us on all things dairy in Wisconsin.
This highlights just a few of the highly esteemed speakers that we are honored to host at this year’s Agricultural Banking Conference. I look forward to seeing you in the Dells! If you haven’t registered but would still like to attend please visit wisbank.com/ag to register today.
Rogan is vice president – ag banking officer at Nicolet National Bank, Stevens Point, and vice chair of the 2022–2023 WBA Agricultural Bankers Section.