National Farmers Organization
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For Immediate Release
Grain tech, trade, ag marketing, risk management headline 2017 National Farmers’
AMES, Iowa —(Jan. 17, 2017) Aces in agriculture innovation,
veterinary medicine, risk management, commodity marketing, trade and economics will
deal a royal flush of farm information to producers at National Farmers’ national
convention Jan. 25-27 in Springfield, Mo.
“We know farmers want to learn and apply information that
will help them profit on their operations, so we’ve developed a Convene ’17 agenda
for our members that’s filled with information they can use when they market, plan
for crops and feeder calf purchases, and make plans for the future of their dairy
farms,” said Communications Director Perry Garner.
Agriculture aces from the University of Missouri will engage
with producers Jan. 25 with a four-module presentation, Tech Effects in Farming.
Kent Shannon, natural resource engineering specialist, will highlight variable rate
technology. Karen Funkenbusch and Bob Schultheis, associate extension professors,
will demonstrate grain bin safety (and dangers) using a model grain bin and human
likenesses. The demonstration will also show how a rescue tube used properly can
save lives. Dr. Leon Schumacher will explore what may lie ahead, and give a potential
sketch of future grain and agricultural advances.
The Jan. 26 lineup brings trade, economics and farm legislation
to the forefront with speakers such as Brian O’Shaugnessy, Coalition for a Prosperous
America, and former head of Revere Copper Products, Dr. Harwood Schaeffer, University
of Tennessee, National Farmers Vice President Paul Riniker, Greeley, Iowa, and National
Farmers Legislative Coordinator Gene Paul, Delavan, Minn.
Dr. Craig Payne, director of the University of Missouri
College of Veterinary Medicine’s Department of Veterinary Extension and Continuing
Education, and Missouri Veterinary Medical Association president, leads the opening
afternoon session Jan. 26. He will cover the Veterinary Feed Directive from the
FDA, including an overview of the law, the veterinary-client patient relationship,
drug uses that are not allowed and a question and answer session. In the evening,
at a reception for members, President Paul Olson, Taylor, Wis., will share his President’s
Address. The reception also includes the Young Producer and President’s Award Ceremony.
With Jan. 27, comes National Farmers’ Commodity Day, and
market and risk management insights from professionals in National Farmers’ Dairy,
Grain and Livestock Divisions. Dr. Bruce Muirhead, University of Waterloo, Ontario,
Canada, will explain trade concerns for dairy farmers in Canada, and what U.S. producers
may want to learn from the experiences of their counterparts across the northern
border. In addition, National Farmers national board members are installed on Jan.
In addition to the business of national convention, the
Springfield, Mo. and Branson, Mo., areas offer members the chance to make National
Farmers national convention a good reason for a family vacation, as well, Garner
said. “The largest Bass Pro shops in the country, Fantastic Caverns, the shows,
attractions and shopping in Branson, make our convention location an entertainment
destination, too,” he said. The Ramada Plaza Hotel and Oasis Convention Center hosts
the National Farmers’ annual meeting.
Members and guests can register for Convene ’17 and learn
more by following the link below:
National Farmers markets milk, livestock and crops for
thousands of American agricultural producers. We offer six decades of experience
representing farmers and ranchers, and grouping production from many ag operations.
We help producers market together. National Farmers’ experienced marketing professionals
negotiate on conventional and certified organic farmers’ behalf in cash and contract
sales, establishing commodity sales terms with the farmers’ interests in mind.
National Farmers also provides access to today’s sophisticated
risk management tools for commodities. We guide producers of many operation sizes
through the process of using forward contracts, and put and call options. We also
represent farmers and ranchers with government regulatory agencies and departments
to help provide equity in policy and agricultural industry transactions. For more
information about National Farmers, visit nationalfarmers.com or call 800.247.2110.