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Developing Professionals Summer Session – St. Louis

June 20 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

June 20 

Facility Tour (Announced soon! Approximate 10am start time.)

Lunch at the Hotel

The Progression of St. Louis into the “Ag Coast”
St. Louis has had many nicknames but recently, a 15-mile stretch along the Mississippi has been dubbed the “Ag Coast.” Ranking #2 in grain deliveries in the US, this session will reveal the flow of grain through the city, the factors that have worked together to build it up and why St. Louis has become the next big thing in ag!
Brian Burke, John Stewart & Associates

Analyzing Your Company Financials
There is a lot of importance placed on company financials but knowing where to start and how to get there can be overwhelming. In this session, participants will get a high-level overview of the financial metrics most important to grain companies and review a few scenarios that illustrate different levels of success.
Jonathan Fuller, Account Manager, CoBank, ACB

Walking In Their Boots – Understanding Your Customer
Gain a better understanding of what customers really want and learn different tactics to improve their experience for when service and communication needs an empathetic touch.
Neil Caskey, Vice-President of Communications, National Corn Growers Association

Could Indigo Be the Next Amazon? (Tentative)
This year, Indigo was named #35 on Fast Company’s list of the world’s most innovative businesses and #3 in the food category. Hear from this company, who has outpaced other ag startups in fundraising and growth, to learn about their goals and vision for agriculture. Could they be the company that changes an entire industry?
Craig D Mouchka, Senior Channel Manager-Strategy and Business Development, Indigo

6:15pm     Ballgame at Busch Stadium, Section 132, Cardinals vs. Miami Marlins

June 21

Breakfast on your own at the hotel. The second day will be at the USDA’s NASS Building, located at 9700 Page Avenue, Olivette, MO.

Arrive at the USDA Building and go through security check-in.  Meeting on the 5th floor, rooms 512/513.

The Growth of Ag Tech in St. Louis
Over the last few years, St. Louis has stood out as a hub of ag tech. It’s experienced tremendous growth and has developed a reputation for fostering and ag tech startups and supporting an entrepreneurial spirit. Learn about the growth of ag tech in St. Louis and about the 39 North center, named for the degree of latitude that includes such fertile farmland as Napa Valley, the U.S. grain belt, the Iberian Peninsula, the Fertile Crescent and parts of China. It is a center taking ag tech to the next level and was recently singled out as one of the best industry clusters in the nation, making St. Louis a world center for plant science and innovation.
Janet Wilding, Vice President, 39N – St. Louis’ Agtech Innovation District

Behind the Numbers 
An in depth discussion with USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service on how they collect data from farmers and farm businesses, combine data with other administrative sources, and establish estimates of agricultural commodities. Included is a tour of NASS’s objective yield lab and the mail processing facility, where majority of the USDA’s correspondence originates.
Officials from USDA’s National Ag Statistics Service:
Joseph Prusacki, Director of the National Operations Division
Todd Ballard, Deputy Director of the National Operations division
Brad Summa, Heartland Regional Director Covering Missouri and Illinois

Additional Topics added in the near future.

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Hotel: Drury Plaza Hotel St. Louis at the Arch, 4th & Market Street
$129/night, $20 hotel parking
Rate good through May 30, 2019. Rate/availability not guaranteed after this date.
Reserve your hotel: Call 800-325-0720  or
or visit and enter group #2378577
Includes: Free breakfast, evening drinks/snacks, wifi   *   Check in: 3pm   Check out: 11am


June 20
10:00 am - 12:00 pm