Forum Deals with Pressures in the Ag Industry

Written by NAMA on Thursday, August 31, 2006 , 12:39 pm

wick_don.jpgHear how producers have adapted to financial pressures and change in the ag industry at the 2006 Agribusiness Forum, November 14-15 in Kansas City.

Our producer panel will take place on November 14 with a group of innovative individuals who have uniquely positioned their businesses for long-term economic profitability.

Vetbruch_tyler.jpgeran farm broadcaster, Don Wick, Red River Farm Network, will moderate this panel which will give marketing professionals new insights into production agriculture.

Some of the producers confirmed for this panel discussion are Tyler Bruch, Bruchside Farms in Emmetsburg, IA and Bahia, Brazil; David Durham, Don Heil Farms and Paseo Biofuels in Hardin, MO; and John Vrieze, Emerald Dairy and Baldwin Dairy in Baldwin, WI.

vrieze_john.jpgBruch currently manages about 11,000 acres of soybeans, cotton and popcorn on acreage he owns and rents for investors through his company, Global Ag Investments. Vrieze is a third-generation dairy producer who owns an interest in more than 3,000 dairy cows in Wisconsin. 

Our second panel discussion at the Forum will take place on November 15 and will focus on Biofuels – Pressures Fueling the Ag Industry. A panel of adams_mike.jpgindustry experts will help us understand the pressures emerging within agriculture and what might lay ahead for bio-based fuels.

Mike Adams, host of AgriTalk will moderate this panel. Our experts include, Rick Tolman, National Corn Growers Association; Neil Dierks, National Pork Producers Council; and Kendell Keith, National Feed & Grain Association.

Tolman tolman_rick.jpgcurrently serves as CEO of the National Corn Growers Association. Prior to NCGA he was the executive director for the U.S. Grains Council and has worked in market planning at International Harvester Company and the Gehl Company.

Dierks is CEO of the National Pork Producers Council. Previously, Dierks was the special activities director for the Iowa Pork Producers Association and marketing director for the Iowa Corn Promotion Board.

dierks_neil.jpgKeith is the president of the National Grain and Feed Association. The NGFA represents companies in grain processing, grain elevation, feed manufacturing, exporting and futures. Prior to joining NGFA, Keith was a policy economist for the National Cotton Council.

Keep up-to-date on the Agribusiness Forum web site at

keith_kendell.jpgTo register for the Forum visit,

If you are interested in sponsoring a session or event at this year’s Forum, contact Eldon White in the NAMA office at (913) 491-6500 or via e-mail at

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