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Presented By Sullivan Auctioneers

8:45 -10:00 - Damian Mason

The Business of Agriculture

Imagine a talk show host mixed with an Agricultural economist with a healthy

dose of comedian. That’s Damian Mason.

Damian delivers crisp, current, Ag commentary packed with humor. His content

and message is a vast departure from the usual Ag meeting fare of weather and

market updates. Damian’s positive, hilarious, straight talk resonates with Ag

audiences from across the spectrum.

In addition to speaking at Ag meetings, Damian produces and hosts “The

Business of Agriculture” podcast and the “Do Business Better” podcast. He just

released his latest book, Do Business Better — Traits, Habits, and Actions to

Help You Succeed.

Damian’s clients include the biggest names in Agriculture and cover every space

on the table - from corn to cranberries, cotton to cattle, canned food to canola.

He’s spoken in all 50 U.S. states, 5 Canadian provinces, and 7 foreign countries.

Damian was raised on a dairy farm, owns and manages 300 acres of farm and

timber land, and has a degree in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University.

When Damian isn’t on an airplane or stage, he lives with his wife, Lori, and their

dog, Jack. They split time between their farm in Indiana and a winter home in



10:30 -12:00 - Greg “Machinery Pete” Peterson

Used Equipment Industry Trends

Presented By

 Since 1989, Greg Peterson, known to the industry as Machinery Pete, has compiled more than 500,000 auction prices on used farm and construction equipment sold throughout North America. Peterson has built a network of 1,000 regional auctioneers, 600 ag lenders, 2,000 implement dealers and thousands of farmers throughout the U.S. and Canada. Peterson contributes to regularly in a column titled "Used Equipment: Market Value & Trends." 



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Presented By AgDirect

1:30 - 3:00 - Co-Bank

Will Sawyer

Lead Economist, Protein
Knowledge Exchange Division

Will Sawyer is lead animal protein economist in CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange research division, where his focus is on providing market and industry research for the pork, poultry and beef sectors. 

Will has researched the food and ag industry for more than a decade and before joining CoBank in 2018, was executive director of animal protein research at Rabobank, analyzing the pork and poultry sectors across North America. There he authored works on a number of issues facing the U.S. and global animal protein industry including disease, trade, profitability and changing consumer trends. Prior to Rabobank, Will was an associate analyst at Credit Suisse where he covered publicly traded U.S. consumer food, animal protein and agribusiness companies.

Mr. Sawyer holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and a master’s in accountancy from Wake Forest University. 

About CoBank

CoBank provides loans, leases, export financing and other financial services to agribusinesses and rural power, water and communications providers in all 50 states. We’re also a proud member of the Farm Credit System, a nationwide network of banks and retail lending associations chartered to support the borrowing needs of U.S. agriculture and the nation’s rural economy. On Jan. 1, 2012, CoBank merged with U.S. AgBank.

Headquartered outside Denver, Colorado, CoBank serves customers from regional banking centers across the U.S. and also maintains an international representative office in Singapore.