Ag lending requires highly specialized lending skills and an understanding of the unique markets available to farmers in Illinois. As in all other industries, ag banking is constantly changing. Ag lenders need to stay current on the latest issues in agricultural markets, economics, and risk management. The Ag Banking Conference addresses these and other important issues to increase your knowledge and improve your ability to serve ag customers. 

2024 Agenda


Subject to Change

Wednesday, August 21, 2024
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.Registration & Refreshments
10:30 a.m.
Welcome & Introductions
Emcee, Sarah Michaels, Agriculture Reporter, WEEK Channel 25, Peoria, Illinois
10:40 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Ordinary to Extraordinary: The Little Difference that Brings Success
Andrew McCrea, Keynote Speaker, Oscar-Winning TV & Radio Broadcaster
11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.
The RFS, Renewable Diesel, SAF and the Future of Biofuels
Scott Irwin, Professor, University of Illinois College of Agricultural & Consumer Economics
Laurence J. Norton Chair of Agricultural Marketing
12:20 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Networking Lunch
1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.Negotiating Solar & Wind Contracts for Illinois Landowners
Andrew G. White, Bellatti, Barton, Cochran & White, LLC
2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.The Top 7 Things You Don’t Want to Hear
Joseph P. Chamley, Attorney, Partner at Evans, Froehlich, Beth & Chamley
3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.High Impact Meteorology – Changes in Predictive Science
Eric Snodgrass, Principal Atmospheric Scientist at Nutrien Ag Solutions
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.Networking Reception
Thursday, August 22, 2024
7:45 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.Breakfast Buffet
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.The Complexity of Crop Insurance Decision-Making
Dave Janson, President/Owner, Strategic Farm Marketing
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.PANEL: Farm Bill Discussion
• Ed Elfmann, SVP, Agricultural and Rural Banking Policy, American Bankers Association
• Ben Jackson, EVP, Government Relations, Illinois Bankers Association
• Dave Janson, President/Owner, Strategic Farm Marketing
10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.Illinois Farm Income and Financial Position Update
• Nicholas Paulson, Professor, University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences
• Brad Zwilling, VP of Data, Illinois Farm Business Farm Management (FBFM)
11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.Credit Decisions in Uncomfortable Economic Times
Dr. David Kohl Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Agriculture & Applied Economics, Virginia Tech

Event Details

Event Details

Hotel Accommodations

Crowne Plaza Springfield
3000 South Dirksen Parkway
Phone: (217) 529-7777
Rate: $120++/night
Deadline: Tuesday, August. 13, 2024

Booking Link

Questions? | 217-789-9340

Fee Per Person

(In-Person or Live Streamed)
Member $345 | Non-Member $495 
Buy 3, Get One Free

Presentation Material Options

Presentation files will be available free of charge on the IBA mobile app/website. 
Purchase a binder for $35 (Available for In-Person only)

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