Tanner Ehmke - Co-Bank - Click the Image for information about Ag-Direct

Tanner Ehmke - Co-Bank - Click the Image for information about Ag-Direct

1:00 - 2:30 - Sponsor By Ag-Direct

Tanner Ehmke


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.

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.


 Matt Ackley - Richie Brothers  - Click Image for Information about RBA

Matt Ackley - Richie Brothers  - Click Image for Information about RBA

3:00 - 4:30 - Sponsored by Richie Brothers Auctioneers 

Matt Ackley – SVP Digital Marketing and Product Management, Ritchie Bros.

An engineer by trainingtrade, Matt Ackley has led product development and marketing organizations for major brands, such as eBay and Google—, known  disrupters of traditional industries. In his seven-plus years at eBay, Ackley focused on revenue and demand generation, including strategic partnerships, seller tools, developer platforms, and internet marketing and advertising, where he was the Vvice Ppresident of that group for five years. Ackley’s tenure at eBay and his expertise in understanding online marketplaces was focused on driving value for both sellers and buyers. After eBay, Ackley was Mmanaging Ddirector, Media and Platform Market Development, at Google.   At GoogleHere he focused on product marketing and strategic development activities for Google’s search and online advertising products such as DoubleCclick Search, Google Analytics and YouTtube. Now aAt Ritchie Bbros., Ackley is responsible for core digital activities across the company’sRitchbros’s brands.Ackley has an M.B.A. from Harvard and a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and Electrical Engineering from Duke University.


5:00 - 6:30 - DOT Industries - Robotics and the Future of Ag Equipment