The North Dakota Grain Growers Association is partnering with the Minnesota Association of Wheat Growers to host its annual marketing seminar during the Big Iron expo on Wednesday, September 11 from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn, 4351 17th Ave S in Fargo. The event is free and open to the public, but attendees must pre-register. Both Minnesota and North Dakota growers can pre-register by calling MN Wheat at 218-253-4311, ext. 3 or by going online to mnwheat.org.

This year’s seminar will feature speakers on a variety of topics including:

PTSD: Politics, Trade, Supply & Demand – Luke Swenson, Owner, The Money Farm, Fargo Volatility: we currently have the most polarizing white house for trade, the wildest and latest planting season potentially ever, unknown supply and demand questions and a majority of the country hoping for an October frost. This year is going to be wild. We are going to touch on the biggest seen and potentially unseen factors to finish out 2019 and look into 2020 crop expectations.

Creating a Competitive Advantage with Improved Management and Marketing –  Bret Oelke, Owner, Innovus Agra, LLC: When times are tough, and margins are tight producers have to be on their “A” game. It’s also difficult to make money by following the herd; “outside-the-box” thinking is required.

Marketing Strategies for Volatile Markets – Dr. Frayne Olson, Crops Economist/Marketing Specialist, NDSU: Know your assumptions. What if you are right…but what if you are wrong.

Farm Transition and Business Planning – A Few Things to Know as You Start this Journey – Russ Tweiten, VP Succession and Retirement Planning, AgCountry Farm Credit Services: Russ will provide a birds-eye view of the preparation needed for you to transition your farm operation. He will share the stark differences in the planning approach when there is a next generation farmer vs. no next generation farmer and address the challenges from both sides.

Schedule:

3:30-4:00 p.m. – Registration and refreshments

3:55 p.m. – Welcome – Minnesota Association of Wheat Growers and North Dakota Grain Growers Association

4:00 p.m. – Farm Transition and Business Planning – A Few Things to Know as You Start this Journey, Russ Tweiten, VP Succession and Retirement Planning, AgCountry Farm Credit Services, Fargo, ND

4:30 p.m. – PTSD: Politics, Trade, Supply & Demand, Luke Swenson, Owner, The Money Farm, Fargo, ND

5:15 p.m. – Creating a Competitive Advantage with Improved Management and Marketing, Bret Oelke, Owner, Innovus Agra, LLC, St. Cloud, MN

5:45 p.m. – Break – Coffee, Lemonade and Cookies

6:00 p.m.Update from National Agri-Marketing Association, Clara Konetschka, NDSU Student Chapter President

6:15 p.m. Marketing Strategies for Volatile Markets, Know Your Assumptions – What if You’re Right…But What if You’re Wrong, Dr. Frayne Olson, Crops Economist/Marketing Specialist, NDSU, Fargo, ND

7:00 p.m. – Dinner and informal discussion around the dinner table