Breakout Sessions

    2015 Breakout Sessions
    Registration Opens at 8:00 AM the Day of the Forum

     

      8:45 – 9:30 AM

    Charitable Remainder Trusts

     

    Diversified Farm Landscapes Incorporating Bioenergy

     

    Does Grain Storage Pay?

     

    Farmland Values

     

    Improving Soil Health with Cover Crops

     10:15 – 11:00 AM

    Ag Production Costs

     

    Farm Law 101

     

    Keys to Succession Planning

     

    Organics: How Do I Get Started & Farm Leases: What is Fair?

     

    Rooftop Farming in Downtown Chicago

     11:15 – 12:00 PM

    1031 Like-Kind Real Estate Exchange

     

    Benefits of Peer to Peer Groups

     

    Engaging Non-Operator Women Farmland Owners in Ag Conservation

     

    Grain Market Outlook

     

    How and Where to Market Organic Grain

      1:15 –  2:00 PM

    Does Grain Storage Pay?

     

    Farmland Values

     

    Keys to Succession Planning

     

    Organic and Local Market Discovery

     

    UAVs in Ag: Where are we headed?

     

    1031 Like-Kind Real Estate Exchanges
    Doug Deininger, Deininger Land
    Defer paying taxes on the sale of real estate by doing an IRS 1031 like-kind exchange. Learn the basics of timing and types of exchange properties that qualify.
     

    Ag Production Costs
    Dwight D. Raab, Illinois FBFM Association
    A look back to recent production costs and income to help understand what you can and can’t control.
     

    Benefits of Peer to Peer Groups
    Julie DiNatale, Farm Journal Media
    Top Producer’s Executive Network (TPEN) is an exclusive opportunity to improve your business as part of a world-class, professionally facilitated peer-to-peer network. TPEN members benefit from the opportunity to openly share information with other top producers in a focused effort to build breakthrough success for themselves, their families and their employees. The mission of TPEN is to help producers improve their operations with the goals of making more money in less time with fewer headaches and a higher quality of life.
     

    Charitable Remainder Trusts
    Bradley S. McCann, Spesia & Ayers
    The use of charitable remainder trusts in estate planning.  
     

    Does Grain Storage Pay?
    Chip Nellinger and Adam Dryer, Blue Reef Agri-Marketing, Inc.
    With the recent drop in commodity prices, farmers need to utilize their grain storage in the most advantageous way possible. This session will talk about how to maximize on farm storage through basis, carry and spreads as well as an outlook on commodity prices into the upcoming growing season.
     

    Engaging Non-Operator Women Farmland Owners in Agricultural Conservation
    Jennifer Filipiak, American Farmland Trust
    Women are entering agriculture as inheritors of farmland in unprecedented numbers. Women own or co-own more than 300 million acres of U.S. farmland, and over the next two decades, about 240 million acres of farmland are likely to change owners, with much of it transferred to women. While women are increasingly becoming the primary farm decision makers and they consistently express strong conservation programs. In this session, you will learn about the work AFT has been doing to engage non-operator women farmland owners in agricultural conservation.
     

    Diversified Farm Landscapes Incorporating Bioenergy
    Maria Cristina Negri, Argonne National Laboratory
    New approaches are needed to satisfy the Country's need for food, feed, fiber and energy without compromising environmental quality. This presentation will discuss an opportunity to intensify the production of food, feed, fiber and energy from our agricultural landscapes whereby land and soils that are less suitable for commodity crops may be dedicated to energy crops. Planning for crop placement at the farm and watershed scale may allow for economic resilience and environmental efficiencies, and provide the opportunity to diversify rural economies.
     

    Farmland Values
    Mike Morris, 1st Farm Credit Services
    We will take a look at post trends in the land markets and the factors that drive changes.

    Farm Law 101
    Rich Schell, Wagner & Schell, LLP & Andy Holstine, Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McCardle
    Both landowners & tenants face a variety of potential legal issues in managing and owning farmland.  This session will cover key updates in succession planning, tax strategies, value added, and federal and state legislative and policy changes.

    Grain Market Outlook
    Todd Gleason, UofI Extension, Info Tech & Communication Services
    Grain marketing is a key component of your everyday management decisions. Todd Gleason will moderate a panel discussing your options for marketing the crop this year and what you should be planning for the crop next year.  With the tight margins of today marketing can be the difference between profit or loss on your operation.

    How and Where to Market Organic Grain
    Gary McDonald, Organic Resources
    Marketing is about knowing the players and building relationships.

    Improving Soil Health with Cover Crops
    Dan Towery, Ag Conservation Solutions
    Cover crops are not new but how they are being used is new. Cover crops combined with minimal soil disturbance results in a soil that is more resilient, productive, and environmentally friendly.

    Keys to Succession Planning
    Sara Schafer, Farm Journal Media
    The Farm Journal Legacy Project is a catalyst for families to begin the process and an essential go-to source for the tools to simplify the complex and daunting task of succession planning. Learn about the resources involved and how farm families can formalize their goals, wishes and plans.

    Organic and Local Market Discovery
    Jim Slama, FamilyFarmed.org
    We will look at the marketing options to help farms and food businesses develop markets for local and organic products. We will also look at a few examples and discuss resources that are able to help people in this developing sector.

    Organics: How Do I Get Started? & Farm Leases: What is Fair?
    Gary McDonald, Organic Resources
    The discussion will focus on aspects of organic transition and the three purses to consider when drafting a fair and equitable, organic farm lease.

    Rooftop Farming in Downtown Chicago
    Kevin Jezewski, SAVOR…Chicago
    This will be an informative presentation exploring rooftops as an opportunity for urban agriculture! There can be many benefits to rooftop agriculture, including job creation, promotion of local food security, and a reduction on transportation impacts. In addition to being a "cool-roof" building strategy, rooftop agriculture can also contribute to achieving LEED-ND Credit 13 with "on site food production." Learn more about this new frontier in "farmland.”

    UAVs in Ag: Where are we headed?
    Randy Aberle, RA Seeding Solutions
    We will talk about the current FAA regulations regarding Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). The different types of UAVs and their uses will also be discussed.