Pub. 13 2024 Issue 2

2024 Kansas Ag Bankers Conference

March 6-7, Manhattan Hilton Garden Inn

This year’s event was a definite success! We had an exceptional line-up of presenters, 305 attendees and 22 tradeshow sponsors in attendance. Here are some of this year’s highlights!

Dr. David Kohl, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Virginia Tech, AgriVisions Solutions, LLC

Business and Economic Outlook

Once again, the ever-popular Dr. David Kohl was the opening keynote speaker at this year’s Kansas Ag Bankers Conference! The economy, interest rates and input costs were a part of the conversation.

KBA President & CEO Doug Wareham, Astra Bank and KAB Division President Mikel Hadacheck, and GNBank, N.A. and KBA Board Chairman Mark Schifferdecker presented Dr. David Kohl with KBA’s highest honor, the Flint Factor Award.

Ed Elfmann, SVP of Agriculture and Rural Policy, American Bankers Association

Federal Ag Policy Update

ABA’s SVP of Agricultural & Rural Banking Ed Elfmann (left) and KBA’s President & CEO Doug Wareham (right) discuss current important federal ag policies, including Access to Credit for our Rural Economy Act, also known as ACRE. Ed thanked Kansas bankers for their involvement in sharing the importance of this bill with their constituents. H.R. 3139: ACRE Act of 2023 now has 56 co-sponsors.

Jackson Takach, CFA, Farmer Mac

Futureproofing Ag & Ag Lending

Takach stressed that the combination of higher interest rates and inflation still does not put agriculture into the same scenario as in the late 1970s and early 1980s. A key difference now is that, largely, producers still have stronger income and cash on their balance sheets compared to the late 1970s.

Alex Weber, American Ninja Warrior


Alex Weber gave the attendees the tools they needed to be leaders in all areas of their lives and how to overcome any challenges that could stop them.

Randy Blach, CattleFax

Cattle & Protein Market Situation and Update

Randy Blach, CattleFax, kicked off day two of the Kansas Bankers Ag Conference in Manhattan! Attendees received a timely and insightful perspective on domestic and global cattle and protein markets.

Justin Trompke, AgWest Commodities

Grain Markets: Managing Market Volatility and Capturing Opportunity

Justin Trompke, AgWest Commodities, explored the factors driving today’s grain markets, and attendees learned why having a plan in place can help ag producers be prepared when an opportunity comes.

Eric Snodgrass, Nutrien Ag Solutions

High Impact Meteorology

According to Snodgrass, the hype surrounding isolated weather events often leads people to make predictions about future weather patterns, yet it’s important to recognize that weather is inherently non-linear.


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