Emerging Leaders in Ag Conference
January 11-13, 2022

Margaritaville Lake Resort
Osage Beach, MO

Emerging Leaders in Agriculture is a valuable program designed to help young, professional producers manage and grow your business. During this all-expenses-paid, two-day event, you and a guest will hear from first-class speakers and agribusiness experts. You will also take part in discussions on issues and challenges facing agriculture, cooperatives and rural America. This conference is an excellent opportunity to provide feedback about the needs and expectations of young producers while gaining valuable, ongoing connections for the future.

We are looking for applicants who:

  • Are between the ages of 21 and 45
  • Farm as your primary business and are involved in the day-to-day operations
  • Derive a minimum of two-thirds of your income from farming

If you meet these qualifications, we encourage you to apply today!

Applications are due by October 31, 2021. Participants will be selected and notified by November 15.

Event Schedule

Tuesday, January 11 Schedule

4:00 – 5:30 PMEarly Registration
5:30-7:30 PMWelcome Reception

Wednesday, January 12 Schedule

7:00-8:00 AMRegistration & Breakfast
8:15-8:30 AMWelcome & Introductions
8:30-9:45 AMRunning Your Farm Like a Business
Donnell Brown
Business strategies for long-term farm success
9:45-10:00 AMBREAK
10:00-11:15 AMBanker Knows Best
Natasha Cox
Best practices when working with your banker
11:15-12:00 PMLunch & Networking
12:00-12:15 PMBREAK
12:15-1:00 PMThe Cooperative Model
Dr. Keri Jacobs
The upside to doing business with a cooperative
1:00-1:15 PMBREAK
1:15-2:30 PMHot Topics in Our Nation’s Capital
Sara Wyant
Update on regulatory issues impacting today’s farms
2:30-2:45 PMBREAK
2:45-4:00 PMKey Issues & Strategies for Farm Succession
Connie Haden
Understanding farm transitions and key issues in succession planning
5:30-6:30 PMCocktail Reception
6:30-7:30 PMDinner & Networking
7:30-8:30 PMEvening Entertainment
Tim Gabrielson

Thursday, January 13 Schedule

7:00 – 8:00 AMBreakfast
8:00-9:15 AMThe Value of Strategic Planning & Developing a Strategic Intent
David Parker
Developing a strategic plan to take your farm to the next level
9:15-9:45 AMBREAK
9:45-11:00 AMStrategic Planning (cont.)
11:00 AM-12:00 PMLeadership Panel with MFA Oil and MFA Inc.
12:00 PMAdjourn

MFA Oil and MFA Incorporated will cover your two-night hotel stay, scheduled meals and entertainment for you and a guest, as well as mileage to and from your home.