Annual Western Wisconsin Ag Lenders Conference

36th Annual Western Wisconsin Ag Lenders Conference – Thursday, January 10, 2019

8:30 am registration, 9:10 am – 3:30 pm

Stout Ale House/Shops Off Broadway Banquet Center, 1501 N. Broadway, Menomonie, WI

Open to lenders and Agriculture professionals who work with farm clientele

2019 Ag Lenders brochure (pdf)

2019 Conference Speakers and Presentations

Ag Lenders Conference Agenda 2019 (pdf)

  • 2019 Dairy Price Outlook – Mark Stephenson, Director of Dairy Policy Analysis, UW-Madison Center for Dairy Profitability Stephenson 2019 Dairy Outlook (pdf)
  • 2019 Crop and Livestock Market Outlook – Brenda L. Boetel, Commodity Marketing Specialist, UW-Extension and Professor, Department Agricultural Economics, UW-River Falls Boetel – Grain and Cattle Outlook Jan 2019 (pdf)
  • Animal Production Concentration Implications for Farmers, Communities, and Regions – Lessons from Iowa – David Swenson, Regional Scientist, Department of Economics, Iowa State University and Lecturer, Urban and Regional Planning, University of Iowa Swenson – Animal Production Concentration (pdf)
  • How to be an advocate for agriculture and trends in Wisconsin agriculture – Sheila Harsdorf, former Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) and former Wisconsin State Senator, representing District 10 
  • 2018 Farm Bill and Milk Supply Panel Discussion — ~ John Holevoet, Director of Government Affairs, Dairy Business Association ~ Jim Holte, President, Wisconsin Farm Bureau ~ Darin Von Ruden, President, Wisconsin Farmers Union

2019  Western WI Ag Lenders Planning Committee: UW-Extension: Katie Wantoch, Dunn County; Carl Duley, Buffalo County; Ryan Sterry, St. Croix County; Richard Halopka, Clark County; Mark Hagedorn, Eau Claire County; Jerry Clark, Chippewa County; Simon Jette Nantel, UW-River Falls. Ag Professionals: Steve Maier, Agri-Business Consultants; Josh Rynes, Bremer Bank; Jonathan Zander, Compeer Financial; Mike DeLong, First Bank Baldwin.

If you have any questions regarding the Western WI Ag Lenders Conference, please contact the Western WI Ag Lenders Conference planning committee chair, Katie Wantoch, Agriculture Agent, Specializing in Economic Development, at or the Dunn County UW-Extension office at 715-232-1636.

2018 Conference Speakers and Presentations

  • Workforce Trends and Implications for Farm Managers – Thomas Maloney, Senior Extension Associate, Cornell University Maloney – 2018WesternWIAgLendersConf (pdf)
  • 2018 Dairy Price Outlook and Milk Supply Management Discussion
  • 2018 Crop and Livestock Market Outlook (via webinar) –   Chad Hart, Crop Markets Specialist, Iowa State University Hart- 2018WesternWIAgLendersConf (pdf)
  • Servant Leadership Thomas Thibodeau, Distinguished Professor of Servant Leadership, Viterbo University
  • Milking robots — do they pay? – Jim Salfer, Regional Extension Educator, University of Minnesota Extension Salfer -2018 W Wisc Ag Lenders Conf (pdf)



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