Family-Owned Business Consultant

Jolene Brown is a walking-talking spokesperson and champion for the people of agriculture. She's a farmer, author, professional speaker and consultant for family-owned businesses. Jolene's from West Branch, Iowa and her worldwide audiences appreciate her fun-filled spirit and valuable information. With her keen insight and result-centered approach, she's been invited to sit at lots of kitchen tables and family business meeting rooms. Jolene has learned what works and what doesn't, and she understands the challenges facing families that work together. Her worldwide audiences appreciate her fun-filled humor and real-life stories.


President, AgResource Company

Dan Basse is an esteemed economist that has been in the commodity business since 1979. Raised on a dairy/grain farm in Waukesha, Wisconsin, Mr. Basse has a keen sense of production agriculture. Dan founded AgResource Company in 1987 to serve the needs of the US and world agricultural community. Since starting AgResource, the firm has grown to span the world. Research and analysis is provided around the globe in 81 nations to farmers, elevators, soy and corn processors, food companies, trading companies, importers, exporters and more.


Innovation Strategy Consultant, Memes Associates, Ltd. 

Steve was born and raised in DeKalb, IL. After receiving his Agricultural Engineering degree from the University of Illinois Steve returned to work on his family's 6,500 acre farm in northern Illinois from 1973 to 1993. He served as Managing Partner from 1983 to 1993 and continues to be involved in the family farm. With fellow farmer/innovator, Dave Larson, Steve developed one of the first commercially available yield monitors in 1992. Since that time Steve has consulted with several ag companies on precision farming software, grain accounting and hardware development and implementation. He spent time with both Case Corporation and John Deere developing precision agriculture products until he retired in 2009 to work as a consultant for Memes Associates. Steve has been awarded more than a dozen patents for precision farming concepts and products.


Economist and Futurist

Dr. Jay Lehr has five decades of experience in Agricultural Economics, Agronomy, Environmental Science and Business Administration. He received a degree in geological engineering from Princeton and holds a Ph.D. in a combined program of water resources, environmental science and agricultural economics from the University of Arizona. He taught at both the University of Arizona and The Ohio State University before serving as the Executive Director of the National Ground Water Association. For over 20 years, he has been Science Director of the Heartland Institute. Dr. Lehr is a prolific writer, the author of 35 books. He provides excellent insight into future trends and technologies that may emerge to play a significant role in agriculture.