Speakers

Joint Breakfast & Opening Session:
Pressure Cooker Confidence: How to Deliver Peak Performance in All Situations

Kevin Sweeney

Integrity, Commitment, Enthusiasm: They’re the attributes of great leaders, great team members and great humans. They’re also the attributes that make Lt. Colonel Kevin Sweeney a captivating storyteller and inspirational icon who shares a wealth of experiences and tools necessary for success.

Kevin’s experience in sales and operations will give you and your team unique experiences for your success. Kevin will teach you how to compete and how to put yourself and your team in position to differentiate yourselves from the competition and win in the market place. From his leadership experiences you will learn how to have confidence under pressure and how to demonstrate decisive and effective leadership.

Kevin’s real life story describes a combat mission during which the two engines on his left wing were totally ripped off in mid-air, in the darkness of night, while at maximum weight and on a combat mission. It is a compelling story illustrating how your team can overcome any obstacle facing them. He transforms the lessons his team learned into business examples for the benefit of your team.

The Joint Breakfast & Opening Session will take place at 8:00 am on Wednesday.

General Session and Business Session:
U.S. Ag Economy with Dr. James Mintert

A professor and extension economist at Purdue University’s Department of Agricultural Economics and director of the Center for Commercial Agriculture, Dr. Mintert has his finger on the pulse of farmer sentiment. He’ll examine the factors affecting farmers’ buying decisions and give us a sense of the agricultural economy’s health. Mintert spoke to the Association in the spring of 2018 and will be updating attendees on what farmers are thinking.

The Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer is a nationwide measure of the health of the U.S. agriculture economy. Each month, the group surveys 400 agriculture producers to find out about their plans for upcoming farm machinery purchases, expectation for future financial health of their farms, and confidence in current and future conditions among other questions. Quarterly, the index is accompanied by an in-depth survey of 100 agriculture and agribusiness thought leaders.

Jim acquired his interest in agriculture while working on his family’s farm in the Mississippi and Missouri river bottoms, just north of St. Louis, Missouri. Over the course of his career, Dr. Mintert has received numerous awards, including Outstanding Extension Program Awards from both the American Agricultural Economics Association and the Western Agricultural Economics Association, in addition to the American Agricultural Economics Association’s Premier Forecaster Award for his livestock production and price forecasts. Jim is also the author of more than 200 publications focusing on the economics of the livestock industry.

Dr. Mintert will be speaking on Wednesday, October 26 at 1:00 p.m.