A familiar face will return to South Dakota to present a series of crop marketing programs in December.
The South Dakota Corn Growers Association and Farm Credit Services of America (FCSA) once again are teaming up to sponsor seven presentations by Steve Johnson, an Iowa State University farm and ag business specialist. His presentation will be titled “Solving Crop Marketing, Risk and Financial Management Challenges.”
Topics will include crop price outlooks, marketing strategies, crop cost estimates and more. The programs will also include crop insurance presentations by FCSA specialists.
Each presentation is free and will include a meal.
SDCGA and Farm Credit ask that you please pre-register if you are planning on attending a GrowingOn meeting. Simply click on the link below.
Please see the entire GrowingOn tour schedule below.
Dec. 1 – Aberdeen (Dakota Event Center) Registration 11am – Meal noon – Meeting 1pm
Dec. 1 – Huron (Crossroads Hotel) Registration 5:30 pm – Meal 6 pm – Meeting 7 pm
Dec. 2 – Watertown (Watertown Event Center) Registration 5:30 pm – Meal 6 pm – Meeting 7 pm
Dec. 3 – Mitchell (Highlands Conference Center) Registration 6 pm – Meal 6 pm – Meeting 7 pm
Dec. 4 – Yankton (Kelly Inn Best Western) Registration 9:30 am – Meeting 10 am – Meal 12 pm
Dec. 8 – Brookings (Swiftel Center) Registration 11:30 am – Meal 11:30 am – Meeting 12:30 pm
Dec. 8 – Sioux Falls (Sioux Falls Convention Center) Registration 5:30 pm – Meal 5:30 pm – Meeting 6:30 pm
To commemorate its 30th annual meeting, the South Dakota Corn Growers Association has booked an extremely popular, comedic speaker. Mark Mayfield, known as the “Corporate Comedian,” will serve as master of ceremonies.
The annual meeting will be held January 9th at the Sioux Falls Convention Center, one weekend earlier than in recent years.
Mayfield, who was raised on a Kansas farm, has merged his corporate background as a lobbyist with his comedy background as a nightclub performer to create a comedic presentation style. He is author of the book, “Mom’s Rules,” a look at things mothers say to their kids. He gives nearly 100 presentations annually to a variety of corporations, conventions and trade associations.
The meeting will include a full day of educational presentations by top agricultural specialists on key topics. The event will be capped with an evening banquet featuring musical entertainment.
Several other speakers have been booked for the event. Ray Wyse of SWAT and Brian Splitt of Allendale will give a marketing presentation.
Water issues will be a topic discussed by a panel that will include Sean McMahon of the Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance and Chip Bowling, president of the National Corn Growers Association.
An ethanol panel will include Brian West of Fuels, Engines and Emissions Research Center at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
All of the educational seminars are free.
Lunch is $25 per person and will include beef brisket or pulled pork on a kaiser bun with chips, coleslaw, watermelon and apple pie. The proceeds from lunch will go to Feeding South Dakota, the state’s number one hunger relief organization.
The evening banquet which includes a meal, silent auction, speakers and entertainment will be $60 per person for members/$120 per person for non-members.
There is a block of rooms reserved at the Sheraton Hotel (attached to Convention Center) for the night of the annual meeting. Reservations must be made by December 18th. Click here to reserve your room.
Annual Meeting Agenda
Resolutions Meeting: 8:00am – 9:00pm
Educational Sessions: 9:000am – 5:30pm
Kick-off: Mark Mayfield, Comedian and Author
Nuts and Bolts of Marketing: Your 2016 Outlook – Ray Wyse, SWAT & Brian Splitt, Allendale
Managing Water Challenges
- Susan Bodine, Chief Counsel for the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee
- Sean McMahon, Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance
- Chip Bowling, President of the National Corn Growers Association
From Precision Ag to Networked Farming – Amol Deshpande, CEO and Co-Founder of Farmers Business Network
Ethanol: Where Do We Go From Here? – Brian West, Fuels, Engines and Emissions Research Center
The Last Word – Mark Mayfield, Comedian and Author
Evening Banquet: 5:30pm – 9:30pm
Keynote Speaker – General Wesley Clark, Growth Energy Co-Chairman
Entertainment by The Breakfast Club, the longest running, most recognized 80’s tribute band in the United States.
Please register online or by calling the office at 605-334-0100.