Riverside Casino and Golf Resort
3184 Highway 22
Riverside, IA 52327


Tara Horesowsky
Hills Bank and Trust Company

2018 Ag Outlook

Thursday, March 8, 2018


  Mark Core, Vermeer Corporation

  10:00 am - 11:00 am


Nine billion people. That is how many people we must feed by 2050. Mark Core’s presentation will focus on “who will do the work” as we embrace that challenge. The entire agriculture chain, including manufacturing, retailers, farmers, and processors, is already being challenged on a daily basis to find the human capital to accomplish the work. What can be done to alleviate this pain?  How will the challenge affect rural sociology dynamics?


  Keith Wiebe, International Food Policy Research Institute 

  11:15 am - 12:15 pm


Markets and weather change on a daily basis, and policies change from year to year, but what can we say about agriculture over the longer term? This presentation will explore some of the big challenges and opportunities facing agriculture looking several decades ahead to mid-century. These include factors that will affect demand for agricultural commodities (such as changes in global population, incomes, and diets – especially in developing countries), as well as factors that will affect production (such as changes in technology and climate). Keith Wiebe will share results from recent global analyses and discuss how this kind of information can help us plan for the challenges of the future.

Lunch  12:15 pm - 1:00 pm  Brandi Janssen, Iowa's Center for Agricultural Safety and Health


  Paul Georgy, Allendale, Inc.

  1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Paul Georgy is the co-founder of Allendale, Inc., a worldwide agricultural advisory and research firm. The firm provides agricultural commodity price research and risk management alternatives for producers, major food companies, international corporations, foreign governments, and major news vendors. Join us for Georgy’s comments on La Niņa, its impact on the 2018 growing season, and how the markets could respond. Georgy will also discuss the prospects of increased US grain demand as global supplies continue to grow, and he’ll share hedge strategies you can use with your banker.


  Greg Peterson, Machinery Pete

  2:15 pm - 3:15 pm


Machinery Pete is the most trusted source for information about used farm equipment. Greg Peterson, known as Machinery Pete, has built a network of 1,000 regional auctioneers, 600 agriculture lenders, 2,000 implement dealers, and thousands of farmers. Peterson is the multimedia expert on used equipment values for Farm Journal Media, including print and broadcast. He will share trends in used equipment values and stories surrounding farm equipment.


Schedule of Events:

9:30 - 10:00 am  Registration

10:00 - 11:00 am Mark Core

11:00 - 11:15 am Break

11:15 am - 12:15 pm Keith Wiebe

12:15 - 1:00 pm Lunch

1:00 - 2:00 pm Paul Georgy

2:00 - 2:15 pm Break

2:15 - 3:15 pm Greg Peterson

3:15 - 3:30 pm Closing Comments


This event is free to all attendees, thanks to our sponsors:



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