A Virtual Summit Not To Be Missed

This year the pandemic intervened, but the show must go on. No mere virus can stop it. The 14th Ag Summit will be held, virtually, on the mornings of Dec. 7-9. Though nothing can beat being in the same room, DTN’s user-friendly virtual platform will make the experience almost as good. There will even be networking opportunities.

This year’s theme is “Farm Strong: Strategies to Build Resilience.” Expect authoritative outlooks on markets, weather and world trade; 15-minute updates on the next farm bill, tax developments, land prices and some new, more accurate weather forecasts coming soon from DTN; and sessions on leveraging data, farmers’ views of farm equipment, and Microsoft’s efforts to use the cloud and artificial intelligence to transform agriculture.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. You can view the complete agenda here… and an interesting description of it by Gregg Hillyer, editor-in-chief of Progressive Farmer, here….

The presenters include DTN Lead Analyst Todd Hultman, DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist Bryce Anderson, family mediator Lance Woodbury, IHS Markit Senior Executive Ken Eriksen, trust guru David Horsager, leadership expert Jon Gordon and others too numerous to mention.

The Marcia Zarley Taylor Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Kip Tom, who serves as United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture in Rome. There couldn’t be a better man for the job. Ambassador Tom knew Marcia well and attended earlier Ag Summits as an Indiana farmer and agribusiness man.

Many farmers knew Marcia. She created the Ag Summits back in 2007 in her first year as DTN’s executive editor. The events she hosted in her previous position as chief editor of Top Producer magazine prompted some farmers to refer to any event she put on as “Marcia-stock” — like Woodstock, they said, except run by Marcia.

While no one can fill her shoes, we think Marcia would be proud of the Ag Summits DTN has put on in the years since her untimely passing.

I hope you’ll consider signing up for this year’s Ag Summit. (…) I think you’ll find it informative and entertaining.

Urban C. Lehner can be reached at

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