Presented By Sullivan Auctioneers
9:00 -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 MachineryPete.com
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 Farm-Equipment.com regularly in a column titled "Used Equipment: Market Value & Trends."
Presented By AgDirect
1:30 - 3:00 - Co-Bank
Manager - Knowledge Exchange Division
Tanner Ehmke is manager of CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange that provides market and industry research on sectors affecting the rural economy, including grains, oilseeds, biofuels and farm supply; animal protein; dairy; specialty crops; and power, energy and water. Prior to joining CoBank in 2015, Tanner marketed seed for his family’s seed company in western Kansas where his family has farmed since 1885. He previously was a commodities analyst at an agricultural market research and advisory firm in Chicago, a commodity markets reporter for Dow Jones at the Chicago Board of Trade, and an agricultural journalist covering crop production and farm business management. He continues to maintain an active role in farming today. Tanner holds a bachelor’s in Agricultural Economics and a master’s in Agricultural Business, both from Kansas State University.
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.