SPEAKERS & SESSIONS
"I highly recommend
these top-level suppliers that have partnered with Landoll Corporation, designing automated systems... dramatically increasing our manufacturing efficiencies." *
Arrive on Tuesday afternoon for this Important Bonus Session
Steve Peterson & Zane Michael with Motoman Robotics
Bob Klopnieski, Russty Booth & Mark Bell with Matheson Linweld
Friday 10:15 am
Advances in Tube Laser Technology
Friday 11:15 am
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Tom Price, Matt Meade, Brody Fanning
~Special Guest Speaker
J Peter Ricketts
Morality of Free Markets
J Peter Ricketts is the founder of Drakon, LLC, an asset management company in Omaha, Nebraska. He is also a member of the TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation Board of Directors, a director for the Chicago Cubs baseball team, and an Advisory Board member for the Alumni Capital Network.
Ricketts is the former Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of Ameritrade Holding Corporation, now TD Ameritrade. He left Ameritrade in August 2005, to run for the U.S. Senate. After winning the primary race, Ricketts became the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate race in Nebraska for the 2006 election.
Myths & Megatrends in Global Agriculture
(Why BOTH are good news for our members!)
In his presentation, featured speaker Manternach will show a bright future for manufacturers of innovative farm equipment and provide the hard evidence to back up his position. He will show data, for example, that shows a dramatic uptrend in land under cultivation in both the U.S. and worldwide since the commodity price explosion of 2008. He will show why, even though farm equipment sales have been very strong and economists keep noting how many farmers have excessive investments in farm equipment, it is not true of the one category of farmer that is growing in numbers and not declining.
Manternach will also show megatrends in the global mix of crops that is underway and why, and what FEMA members can use to determine what types of equipment are most likely to see strong demand in coming years.
Key Elements of the Address Will Be:
- Exposing the "myth" that the world is running out of farmland
Exposing the "myth" that farmers are already "over-equipped" or
- Why meeting a global "protein gap" will change the global crop mix
- An economist's view on what these mean for members
Sharpen Your Competitive Edge
How can you build your customer retention and profitability in the face of relentless competition from both traditional and online vendors? Quadrant Five founder, Michael Rosenbaum, will show attendees how to capitalize on the competitive strengths that build customer loyalty and attract new accounts.
Highlights of the Presentation Include:
- Answering the three questions that define opportunity for every successful business
- Obtaining insights from customers in order to achieve greater retention and profitability
- Bridging the gap between what you sell and what the customer buys
- Choosing the right metrics to measure progress — and avoid failure
Research & Experimentation Tax Credits
(And other changes to 2013 tax law that members need to be aware of.)
Mike Devereux is an energetic and ambitious accountant with an outstanding passion for tax. Devereux has demonstrated leadership and exceptional judgment in the tax structuring of various acquisitions, has led hundreds of R&E Tax Credit study engagements, and is lead coordinator for Mueller Prost PC's special tax incentives program.
He is frequently asked to speak to various professional and industry trade organizations and associations about opportunities to reduce federal and state tax liability.
Understanding the Relationship
Among Crop Genetics, Nuclear
Energy & Farm Equipment
Raised on the family property in Dallas County, Iowa, Harry Stine graduated from Central Dallas High School and then McPherson College in Kansas. In 1964, he joined his father's soybean cleaning business back in Adel, Iowa.
Stine began a soybean breeding program with four other seedsmen. Named Improved Variety Research (IVR), the program was the first private soybean research and development company in the U.S. In 1973, IVR dissolved and Stine and head plant breeder, Bill Eby, formed Midwest Oilseeds, which today is still the soybean genetics licensing company of choice in the U.S. Interest in corn breeding and genetics further inspired Stine to form Eden Enterprises with Bill Eby in the early 80s.
In 1992, in addition to being one of the top four soybean seed companies in the U.S., Stine began selling corn and soft red winter wheat under the Stine label.