8 Must-See Speakers at Farm Journal Field Days

These eight can’t-miss speakers at Farm Journal Field days arm you to overcome the (significant) challenges of 2020. ( Farm Journal )

These eight can’t-miss speakers at Farm Journal Field days arm you to overcome the (significant) challenges of 2020

By Mary Magnuson 

In times of dramatic transition, good things come to those who lean in and adapt quickly. Clearly this is one of those times. And the team at Farm Journal is leaning in to bring you the first virtual farm show experience—and to help you find next steps that will position your farm to thrive.

Farm Journal Field Days, Aug. 25 to Aug. 27, will give you the insights you need today—without leaving your farm. It’s free, and convenient, so anyone on your team can jump online and take in a session or two. And you’ll find all the exclusive resources, amazing sessions, and insider tips you expect from a great event. Check out these 8 don’t-miss speakers—and save your seat today!

Resiliency: How to Live “ALL IN” and Overcome Obstacles with Gian Paul Gonzalez

Gian Paul Gonzalez is widely recognized for inspiring the New York Giants to their most recent Super Bowl victory with the phrase “All In.” He has been featured on ESPN, Fox News and CNN. And his inspirational talks have made him an internationally renowned speaker for the NBA, NFL, English Premiere League, MLS & Fortune 500 organizations. Gonzalez was a former NCAA First Team All-American forward from Montclair State University, scoring nearly 1,400 points in his three-year career. He played in the NBA Summer League and was offered professional basketball contracts, yet he turned them down to continue his work with at-risk youth. He’s the founder and executive director of Hope & Future, an organization using athletics and physical fitness to share a message of hope and excellence in inner-city public schools and juvenile jails.

Managing Through the Black Swan Cycle with David Kohl 

Now and then we experience something completely unpredictable–and totally out of our control. Covid-19 is the epitome of that kind of black swan event, and it will clearly transform agriculture. But how? David Kohl, professor emeritus of agricultural finance at Virginia Tech University, has a few ideas. “It’s time to step back, reinvent yourself, and find the silver linings the situation offers,” he says. Kohl’s involvement with ag businesses and interaction with key thought leaders provide a unique perspective into future trends of the ag industry and economy. Don’t miss this opportunity to leverage his timely insights for your farm. 

2021 Cash Rental Negotiations: Overcome the Noise and Negotiate Like A Pro with Chris Barron, Ag View Solutions; Mark Faust, Echelon Management; Ryan Bristle, Russell Consulting

2021 land rental discussions are now upon farmers. To successfully negotiate win-win agreements, you need to answer four key questions. Our experts will dive into these four topics and provide first-hand experience.

Trends and Predictions for Used Machinery Values with Greg Peterson

Greg Peterson has over 25 years of experience in the machinery business. His website, MachineryPete.com, is the premier, online destination for farmers and dealers, providing a comprehensive used farm equipment search experience with tens of thousands of farm equipment listings. The site also offers dealers innovative multimedia marketing solutions, including local market intelligence, targeted online advertising and site analytics. His auction pricing database (available with subscription) totals close to 500,000 auction sale prices on roughly 70 categories of equipment, making it the most comprehensive and complete of its kind. He authors regular columns for Farm Journal and Top Producer.

Marketing According to Jerry: Life Lessons Learned in 30 Years of Grain Marketing with Jerry Gulke

Jerry Gulke lives at the busy intersection of corn, soybeans, wheat, and smart business—and he walks his talk as a farmer in northern Illinois. He’s a respected consultant, a contributor to Top Producer magazine, and he makes regular appearances on ag radio and television programs, including “AgWeb Radio,” “U.S. Farm Report” and “Squawk on the Street.”

Predicting Chaos — Weather Risk in Production Agriculture with Eric Snodgrass

Eric Snodgrass is the Principal Atmospheric Scientist for Nutrien Ag Solutions, where he develops predictive, analytical software to help agricultural producers manage weather risk. His frequent weather updates focus on how high-impact weather events influence global agriculture productivity.

John's World: Be Realistic, Even Pessimistic, Without Being Discouraged 

Illinois farmer John Phipps writes humor and commentary columns for Farm Journal and Top Producer—making him the perfect person to talk about keeping difficult situations in perspective. He’s also the TV host of the renown "U.S. Farm Report."

Business Leaders Share Turnaround Tips for Tough Times with Mark Faust

Since 1990, Mark Faust has run Echelon Management, a growth consulting firm—making him the perfect source for best practices and growth strategies at Farm Journal Field Days. Faust is also an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati and Ohio University; an adviser on company boards, CEOs, and business owners; and he has conducted hundreds of sessions for dozens of the world’s largest companies including John Deere, Apple, Bayer, IBM, and P&G. Now he’s conducting a session just for you. 

The Farm Journal Field Days will end with the #FarmON Benefit Concert, headlined by Grammy-nominated and ACM award-winning country artist Lee Brice, who joins a slate of top country performers in a free virtual concert. As the grand finale of Farm Journal Field Days, the concert is Farm Journal’s way of saying thank you to everyone in agriculture for keeping our nation’s food supply moving forward. 

For a program agenda or more information about Farm Journal Field Days and the #FarmON Virtual Benefit Concert, which are both FREE, go to www.FarmJournalFieldDays.com.