SPEAKERS

NEW IDEAS FOR SUCCESS

 

JOLENE BROWN
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.

 

CURT COVINGTON
Senior Vice President, Agricultural Finance, Farmer Mac Bank

Curt Covington joined Farmer Mac in 2015 as the Senior Vice President, Agricultural Finance. He leads Farmer Mac’s business development efforts in the Farm & Ranch and USDA Guarantees and oversees the company’s credit administration and underwriting functions. Curt’s extensive experience in ag lending spans over three decades and his passion for rural America developed at a young age on his family’s grape and tree nut farm in Selma, California. Curt has seen many cycles in the agricultural economy and has a great knowledge of the best practices to manage through shifting economic times.

 

MATT ROBERTS
Founder, The Kernmantle Group

Matt Roberts is an Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics at The Ohio State University. Dr. Roberts is a nationally-renowned expert and speaker on the grain and energy markets and agriculture policy. Roberts received a B.A. in Economics from William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri, and a Ph.D. in Economics from North Carolina State University. Dr. Roberts has extensive experience in ag policy and provides great insights into how the decisions made in Washington D.C. affect corn growers in the heart of the Corn Belt.

 

KEVIN VAN TRUMP
Chief Executive Officer, Farm Direction

Kevin is a leading expert in Agricultural marketing and analysis, and he produces an award-winning and world-recognized daily industry Ag newsletter called "The Van Trump Report." With over 20 years of experience trading professionally at the CME, CBOT and KCBOT, Kevin is able to 'connect-the-dots' and simplify the complex moving parts associated with today's markets. Kevin provides thought-provoking and forward-looking insight in a way that is easy for the audience to understand. Kevin is currently the CEO of Farm Direction, an international organization assembled to bring the finest and most current agricultural thoughts and strategies directly to the world's top producers. The markets have dramatically changed and Kevin is trying to redefine how those in the agricultural world can better manage their risk and better understand the adversity that lies ahead.