2020

Ag Day

Thinking Differently Together

OCTOBER 28TH
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Overview

Given the unprecedented circumstances of 2020 and the unique challenges we face as a community, Moody's Analytics is dedicating a day just for the discussion of Agriculture. Significant changes in the structure of agriculture and rural communities are taking place which will require us all to think differently together. Our goal is for you to walk away with real tools to prepare, adapt, and thrive in the days that lie ahead.
The event is complimentary and will be available online.

What to Expect

Join Industry Ag Expert and Featured Speaker, Dr. David Kohl at
Ag Day 2020!

Featured Speaker

Dr. David Kohl
Professor Emeritus, Agricultural Finance, and Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship

VIRGINIA TECH

Agenda

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10:00 AM - 11:05 AM CT
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Opening Address

  • Doug Johnson, Director - Ag Strategist, Moody's Analytics
  • Danielle Ferry, Senior Director - Strategy & Innovation, Moody's Analytics

Welcome and Keynote Address

Agriculture Today: It Is What It Is… What Should We Do About It?

Join Dr. Kohl and Doug Johnson as they candidly discuss where Agriculture is headed and what everyone needs to do to be prepared.

The agricultural economic downturn is in the seventh year and counting. Most of the industry is facing razor-thin margins combined with increased volatility in the economic environment. This results in extensive changes in the structure of agriculture and rural communities. What is the state of the trade agreements and the short and long-term implications to the bottom line? Where are interest rates, land values, and trends leading the industry? How can one adjust strategies and tactics to cope and survive in this environment? One must have the business intelligence and street smarts to be successful. This session will discuss the assessment of management IQ that often places one in the top third or bottom third of profitability. What are the financial and business management characteristics that one must focus on in planning, strategizing, executing and monitoring for 2020 and beyond?

  • Dr. David Kohl, Professor Emeritus, Virginia Tech
  • Doug Johnson, Director - Ag Strategist, Moody's Analytics

Q&A (Live)

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11:05 AM - 11:15 AM CT
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BREAK

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11:15 AM -12:15 PM CT
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Agriculture is Driving us to “Think Differently Together.” We're Beyond Losing Marginal Producers. We're Now in the Era of Losing Marginal Managers.

The challenges in Agriculture today lie well beyond the financial statements. Come listen to this panel discussion as they share views on what Producers need to do to survive, what Ag Lenders need to provide their Producers, and how "Thinking Differently Together" will be required for the future.

  • Doug Johnson, Director - Ag Strategist, Moody's Analytics
  • Mike Schaefer, Agribusiness Finance Specialist, Eide Bailly
  • Mike Elsen, Producer

Q&A (Live)

TIME:
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM CT
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LUNCH BREAK

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1:00 PM - 2:00 PM CT
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Farming with Relevance: Bridging the Gap Between the Ag Commodity Markets, DC Policy, and Ag Profitability

Hear further insight on how Ag Lenders and Ag Producers can plan for a sustainable future. Volatility of the markets, uncertain trade partners and DC policy are forcing Agriculture to reassess opportunities and our viability. The old adage of "using the grain bin as the checkbook" may have worked in the past, but moving forward the industry will demand a new genre of business acumen.

  • Doug Johnson, Director - Ag Strategist, Moody's Analytics
  • Delaney Howell, President, Ag News Daily
  • Bill Cobb, Deputy Administrator for Farm Loan Programs, USDA Farm Service Agency

Q&A (Live)

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2:00 PM - 2:10 PM CT
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BREAK

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2:10 PM - 3:00 PM CT
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Ag Technology Showcase:  What’s Moody’s Analytics Been Up To and What’s Coming?

Get a first-hand look into some of the newer Ag functionality that Moody’s Analytics recently released, including what’s about to be released, and what's on the road map.

We are looking for this session to be interactive and encourage you to provide feedback and guidance on our path forward. We are excited to share the Agriculture road map, discuss the journey along the way, and give you a virtual platform to share your suggestions.

  • Doug Johnson, Director - Ag Strategist, Moody's Analytics
  • Jason Kuzel, Assistant Director, Moody's Analytics
  • Danielle Ferry, Senior Director - Strategy & Innovation, Moody's Analytics

Q&A (Live)

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3:00 PM - 3:10 PM CT
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Closing Remarks

  • Doug Johnson, Director - Ag Strategist, Moody's Analytics
  • Danielle Ferry, Senior Director - Strategy & Innovation, Moody's Analytics

Speakers

Bill Cobb
Deputy Administrator for Farm Loan Programs

USDA Farm Service Agency

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Mike Elsen
Producer

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Delaney Howell
President of Ag News Daily & Former TV Host of Market to Market

ag news daily

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Mike Schaefer
Agribusiness Finance Specialist

EIDE BAILLY

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Danielle Ferry
Sr. Director - Strategy & Innovation

Moody's Analytics

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Doug Johnson
Director - Ag Strategist

Moody's Analytics

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Jason Kuzel
Assistant Director

Moody's analytics

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