Join the Idaho Grain Producers Association, Oregon Wheat Growers League and Washington Association of Wheat Growers for our annual Tri-State Grain Growers Convention! This year the convention will be held at the Davenport Hotel in downtown Spokane, November 14-16, 2013. Register before Oct. 19 and you'll be entered into a drawing for a free night's stay at the 2014 convention (location tbd).
Traveling from out of town? The Davenport Hotel is offering special room rates for convention goers, but those rooms must be booked by Oct. 19. Click on the hotel link to the left for more hotel information.
Main sponsors of this year's convention are :
Each state will hold their annual membership meetings and join together to hear from key speakers including:
John Phipps of the U.S. Farm Report
John was born in 1948 & raised on a six-generation farm in east-central Illinois. He graduated with honors from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology with a BS is Chemical Engineering & a minor in economics in 1970. The next five years were spent as a Nuclear Engineering Officer aboard the USS Seahorse, a fast attack submarine homeported in Charleston, SC. He returned to the 600 acre family farm in 1975.
Host of U.S. Farm Report, America's longest-running farm TV show, and writer of humor and commentary, John also appears monthly in Farm Journal & Top Producer magazines as a contributing editor. In conjunction with his Farm Journal work, he speaks often to farm and rural groups on topics ranging from risk to professional development.
Mark Gold of Top Third Ag Marketing
Mark Gold is a former 20-year member of the Chicago Board of Trade where he was a pit trader and floor broker. While born and raised in Chicago, Mark earned a Bachelors degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Illinois, giving him unique insights from both the urban and rural perspective.
As managing partner of Top Third Ag Marketing, Mark can be heard daily on Nebraska radio KRVN, Kansas radio KFRM and Missouri radio KMZU. In addition, Mark is a regular guest analyst on U.S. Farm Report and Ag Day TV. Mark’s twice daily audio grain marketing comments are featured on AgWeb.
Mark’s passion for Agriculture can best be observed at one of the 30-40 marketing seminars he presents across the U.S. every year for Ag bankers, grain elevators and other agriculturally oriented firms.
Hefty Brothers Of the AgPhD program
In addition to their small seed company and agricultural chemical business interests, Darren and Brian Hefty host AgPhD each week on RFD-TV. They farm about 2,500 acres, and just like you, they are constantly in the hunt for more grain and more profit. Their focus is on informing farmers about current farming news to help them make profitable decisions. Their keynote presentation will be broadcast LIVE from the convention starting at 11:45 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 15.
Damian Mason, MC
Known as “The Business Humorist” and “Agriculture’s Professional Funny Man,” Damian Mason combines his sharp wit and intelligent humor with the two topics he knows best: agriculture and business. Agricultural crowds love Damian’s funny, ag-themed material, but they respect his advocacy for the agricultural industry. There’s no denying Damian’s agricultural record: raised on a dairy farm, degree in agricultural economics from Purdue University and owner and operator of a beef, grain and hay farm.
A climate expert who has been giving mostly accurate predictions on regional temperatures and precipitation for 30 years, Art Douglas is one of the convention's most popular speakers. When he's not warning farmers about droughts or unusual weather patterns, he's a meteorologist at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb.
Entertainment by nationally acclaimed comedic and stunt duo The Passing Zone. The Passing Zone shows your people how to be a high-performance team. It takes trust, cooperation, communication and practice. Chainsaws fly through the air, audience members become part of the team, and your group will laugh, gasp and wipe tears from their eyes during this hilarious performance from one of America's most dynamic performing duos.
Breakout sessions will include:
Biotechnology Panel - Join Dr. Michael Neff, WSU Molecular Plant Sciences; Steve Joehl, Monsanto's Director of Industry Affairs for Wheat; Shannon Schlect, U.S. Wheat Associates' Policy Director; and Kurt Haarmann, Senior Vice President for Columbia Grain Inc. as they discuss the Oregon GMO wheat event and what it means going forward.
Falling numbers - Join experts to learn why dropping a plunger through a slurry of flour and water can cost you thousands of dollars. Find out if there's anything you can do to protect yourself.
Micro nutrient management by Elston Solberg of Agri-Trend.
Estate tax law by Norm and Corey Brock of Brock Law Firm.
Preserving family farms by Dave Specht of Advising Generations LLC.
Conservation that gets results through partners by Bonda Habets, Washington State Conservationist; Clint Evans, Idaho State Conservationist; and Ron Alvarado, Oregon State Conservationist.
The E.A.S.E. program by Erika Poppelreiter, U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance.
Federal crop insurance update by Dave Paul, USDA RMA.