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Farmers, industry leaders head to New Orleans for 2022 Commodity Classic

Farmers and industry leaders will gather in New Orleans for the 2022 Commodity Classic later this week. This year’s event is themed “The future is in your hands,” and it runs from March 10-12.

USDA Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack will speak during the General Session on Friday, March 11. The secretary is expected to share his vision for the department and the role of U.S. agriculture in America’s economic vitality, including his thoughts on more, new, and better market opportunities; expanded capacity and competition; exports performance; and rural development and climate programs. 

Successful Farming is hosting a full schedule of educational sessions on the Main Stage.

Thursday, March 10, 2022

10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. | Our Soy Checkoff – Bringing Soy Value to U.S. Soybean Farmers

United Soybean Board Farmer-Leaders and Priority Area Coordinators Matt Gast, Gary Berg, and Ed Lammers will discuss the new strategic plan launched by the organization last December. This plan will guide the soy checkoff toward expanding existing and creating new markets for U.S. soybeans that brings more value back to farmers.

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Marketing Strategies for Success in 2022

This year is off to an exciting start in the grain markets. Cory Bratland is the Chief Grain Strategist for Kluis Commodity Advisors and has worked with veteran market watcher Al Kluis for over 13 years. Bratland will review the marketing plan that was presented at last year’s Commodity Classic. He will then provide his fundamental and chart outlook for 2022. He will also provide his specific price and time plan for marketing your corn and soybeans.

2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. | Cashing in on Carbon

Successful Farming Executive Editor Gil Gullickson will moderate a farmer panel addressing questions about the “wild west” carbon market. What is the real scoop? Will farmers actually get paid – and fairly – for participating in these new programs? Or is it just a bad rerun of the first go-round years ago?

3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. | The Future of Agriculture is Data

Luis Macias, CEO and cofounder of GrainChain will explain, the future of precision farming, grain marketing, business management, and sustainability is all tied to technology, but it will ultimately be driven by the quality and quantity of data that flows into and out of these tools. Automation and digitalization of current processes is the first step in creating an efficient workflow with lower operating costs and better margins. Turning this treasure trove of data into transformative insights on your farm’s past, present, and future is the next frontier. AI, aggregation and big data analytics are all key to the future of agriculture.

Friday, March 11, 2022

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Cooking Demonstration

Registered Dietitian Mary Alice Cain of the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council joins the cooking stage showing us her favorite healthful recipes using U.S. poultry and eggs. A Gulf Coast native now living in Atlanta, Mary Alice focuses on promoting well-balanced, wholesome meals and affordable nutrition. Mary Alice will teach home chefs of all levels how to make cooking healthy, simple, and approachable – and delicious!

12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. | The Agricultural Outlook

Agriculture and the world around us is always changing. This session brings leading agricultural economists from different sectors to discuss the outlook and what it means for crop and livestock prices, input costs, and government payments over the next several years. Short presentations from each economist covering their respective outlook will be followed by a question and answer session with the audience. This is a chance to see what to expect for prices, costs, and payments on your farm.

1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Generation Next: Succession Planning Spotlight

Handing over the responsibilities for a farm’s assets from the older to the younger generation can take many years. It’s a complex process that requires much thought and planning to ensure a smooth transition. If done correctly, a wonderful legacy can be left to future generations. Successful Farming Executive Editor Laurie Bedord talks with Virginia farmers Jason and Paige Pratt about their experience.

2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Oh, the Mistakes We’ve Made, So You Don’t

The most successful farmers are the ones who are always pushing the envelope, incorporating new growing strategies, methods, products, and equipment. Matt Miles, Kevin Matthews, and Kelly Garrett of XtremeAg – some of the nation’s most successful growers – come together to share their knowledge in a panel moderated by Natalina Sents Bausch of Successful Farming. Profitability comes from smarter farming.

3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Tips from the “Planter Doctor”

An expert in planter and tillage technology, Kevin Kimberley will cover preparing planters to deliver peak performance, and tillage tactics to create the ideal seedbed for the growing season ahead.

Saturday, March 12, 2022

8:45 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. | A Healthy Soil Microbiome: The Key to Unlocking More Profit

Finding ways to gain profit beyond nutrient application is critical. New scientific discoveries have shown that when we take a closer look at the biology beneath the soil, applied nutrients are only part of the story. Microbes, the nutrient middle men, act as essential vehicles that deliver nutrients to the plant. Without a healthy soil microbiome, applied nitrogen and phosphorous is squandered. In fact, it’s common to experience nitrogen losses of 30% to 50% and phosphorus tie up of up to 80%, greatly minimizing what plants can actually put to use.

With a deeper understanding of how the soil microbiome works, you can discover ways to wake up the microbes and maximize profits, whether by increasing yields or reducing input costs. Learn more about the microbiome and the latest technologies to unlock more from every acre. Joining the conversation will be growers who will share their tips for taking back control.

9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. | If Your Table Could Talk

Jolene Brown will take you to the kitchen tables and meeting rooms of productive family businesses. She’s learned that to have harmony at the table there must be clarity of control and roles, structured communication, and the courage to work through conflict and roadblocks. Only then will you leave the table and do what needs to be done.

10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. | Carbon Markets Tell-All Panel Session with Nutrien Ag Solutions

One of the most covered topics of the 2021 cropping season was the potential for growers to “farm” and sell carbon. As Nutrien Ag Solutions has worked through a portfolio approach to examine the carbon marketplace opportunities for growers, we have learned about the grower, ag retail, and digital pros and cons of operating in the marketplace. In this panel session, Nutrien Ag Solutions retail and digital staff will discuss what we have learned working across a variety of platforms. Additionally, the panel will provide the grower perspective on participation, data requirements, and economic and environmental outcomes.

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