Farmers connect, learn and share ideas in Chicago
Producers and agricultural professionals gathered for education and networking at Top Producer Summit, which took place Jan. 27–30 in Chicago. For 2020, the Summit was a combination of five events for farmers: Top Producer Seminar, Executive Women in Agriculture, Tomorrow’s Top Producer, Hemp College and the Legacy Conference.
Farm Journal also hosted the third Trust In Food Symposium, an initiative of Farm Journal that works to restore consumer trust in the U.S. food system by empowering farmers to enrich soils, protect water and air quality and nurture habitats.
More than 900 participated in the Summit, which included 40 speakers covering topics such as commodity marketing, consumer trends, leadership, succession planning, federal policy and taxes. Producers, representing 4 million acres, came to Chicago from 35 states and Canada.
During the week, five outstanding farmers were honored. Kristjan Hebert of Hebert Grain Ventures in Moosomin, Saskatchewan, was announced as the 2020 Top Producer of the Year, which is sponsored by BASF, Case IH and Rabo AgriFinance. Finalists for the award were Becky Meeuwsen Berger of Berger International in Hillsboro, Ore., and Sam Ross of Ross Planting Company in Pioneer, La.
The Tomorrow’s Top Producer Horizon award, which is sponsored by Pioneer, was given to Chase Dewitz of Steele, N.D.
The Executive Women in Agriculture Trailblazer Award, which is sponsored by Corteva, was given to Shelly Boshart Davis and Macey Wessels, of Tangent, Ore.
Download presentations from sessions at the 2020 Top Producer Summit at TPSummit.com
Past ﬁnalists and winners of the Top Producer of the Year award celebrate the 2020 winners in Chicago. Back row (from left) Mike Ross, Ron Rabou, Jimmy Tosh, Stan Boshart, Chad Olsen, Marty Klinker, Jay Myers, Chris Adams, Tim Richter. Front row (from left) Kristjan Hebert, Sam Ross, Stacy Ross, Lori Boshart, Brian Mitchell, David Peterson, Bill Peterson, Annie Dee, Becky Meeuwsen Berger, Earl Meeuwsen.
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How a Global Food Company Responds to Consumer Needs While Supporting Farmers
From major metropolitan areas to mom-and-pop chains, today’s grocery stories are a culinary wild west, says Christine Daugherty, vice president of sustainable agriculture and responsible sourcing at PepsiCo. Read more.
Want to Grow Hemp? Begin at the End.
Should you grow hemp? Start the process by working backward, says Dion Oakes, co-owner at Wright-Oakes and partner in First Crop, which is based near San Luis Valley, Colo. Read more.
Traditions Grown and Sewn
In 2016, Anna Brakefield and her father, Mark Yeager, started a transformational journey for their Alabama cotton farm. Their dream: Let’s not just grow cotton, let’s make and market a product. Read more.
How to Profit From Chaos
Good times will return to agriculture. “How you plan will determine how you thrive, as opportunities will arise if you are nimble,” explains Curt Covington, executive vice president and chief credit officer with Farmer Mac. Read more.
Business Growth Has Few Regrets
What regrets do you have about the growth of your business? Mark Faust, business author and president of Echelon Management, has asked this question to hundreds of CEOs. Read more.
Thank You To Our Sponsors
PLATINUM: Syngenta, Case IH, Bayer, Channel, Rabo AgriFinance and Fendt
GOLD: Valent and Becks Hybrids
SILVER: Corteva, BASF, AgXplore, Pioneer, Pivot Bio and Top Third Ag Marketing
BRONZE: Farmers Mutual Hail, K•Coe Isom, Claas, CLA, Conservis, Granular, Lincoln Financial and Ag Spectrum