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American Bankers Assn. National Ag Bankers Conference ... Nov. 9-12 ... Omaha, NE

Date Posted: August 20, 2014

Washington—In recent years, the agricultural economy has seen the best of times, but what’s around the corner?

Is the great farm boom of the 21st century coming to an end?

That’s what the nation’s leading experts in ag lending will gather to discuss in Omaha, Neb. this November.

The American Bankers Association National Agricultural Bankers Conference – now in its 62nd year – will be held at the Hilton Omaha and Century Link Center Nov. 9-12.

This year’s event, “Big Times Demand Big Data,” will help bankers become more effective lenders in a changing and perhaps turbulent agricultural economy.

Attendees will have unmatched access to industry experts, academics and peers willing to share strategies for success.

A highlight of the conference this year will be an interactive session with “alpha pup farmers” conducted by Dr. David Kohl, professor emeritus, agricultural and applied economics at Virginia Tech.

Alpha pups are young, successful farmers and ranchers who will dominate U.S. agriculture over the next fifty years.

ABA will chart the progress of these young farmers over the next several decades, and will invite them back to the conference in the future for updates.

They will answer questions about their future in farming, how they use technology, how they market their production, what their goals are and how they access capital.

In addition, attendees will hear a keynote address from Dr. Lowell Catlett of New Mexico State University on big data issues facing the agriculture industry.

Another conference highlight is a keynote address from president and founder of Stine Seed Company, Harry Stine, who has had success as an innovator, entrepreneur and – most importantly – a farmer.

Experts spanning the agricultural spectrum will lead more than 30 sessions including:

• Turbulent Times Require Better Data: A free pre-conference seminar looking at key components in analyzing ag credits and current observations;

• The Farmer Decision: ARC or PLC: Academics will provide a decision-making framework for the available crop support programs in the farm bill;

• Land Values Outlook: Retired Iowa State Economist Mike Duffy will provide an outlook on land values; and

• Are the Good Times Still Rolling?: Purdue University Economists Jason Henderson and Brent Gloy will connect dots between the past booms in the agricultural economy and the present one.

Registration for the conference is $875 for ABA members and $1,425 for non-members.

Special discounts are available for early bird registration before Sept. 5 and attendees from the same organization who register together.

For additional schedule information or to register for the conference, call 1-800-BANKERS or visit

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