Annual Western Wisconsin Ag Lenders Conference

39th Annual Western Wisconsin Ag Lenders Conference – Thursday, January 6, 2022

Open to lenders and Agriculture professionals who work with farm clientele

2022 Conference Information Coming Soon!

2022 Western WI Ag Lenders Planning Committee:

Extension: Katie Wantoch, Dunn County; Carl Duley, Buffalo County; Ryan Sterry, St. Croix County; Jerry Clark, Chippewa County; Lyssa Seefeldt, Eau Claire County; Kaitlyn Davis, LaCrosse County. Ag Professionals: Josh Rynes, Compeer Financial; Jonathan Zander, Compeer Financial; Mike DeLong, First Bank Baldwin.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Planning Committee or 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 Extension Dunn County office at 715-232-1636.

2021 Conference Speakers and Presentations

Recordings of Presentations (link to YouTube playlist)
  • 2021 Dairy Price Outlook—Mark Stephenson, PhD, Director of Dairy Policy Analysis, UW Center for Dairy Profitability (CDP)
  •  2021 Crop and Livestock Market Outlook – John Kruse, PhD, Associate Research Professor, Division of Applied Social Sciences (DASS), University of Missouri – Columbia
  •  Concentration and Consolidation in Meatpacking—Dr. Tina Saitone, Associate Cooperative Extension Specialist, University of California, Davis
  •  The Diversity of Wisconsin Agriculture—Julia Nunes, 73rd Alice in Dairyland
  •  DATCP Overview – Randy Romanski, Secretary-designee, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
  •  Cash Flow BudgetingKevin Bernhardt, PhD, Professor of Agri-Business, UW—Platteville, and Extension Farm Management Specialist, UW-Madison

2020 Conference Speakers and Presentations

  • 2020 Crop and Livestock Market Outlook – Dr. Brenda L. Boetel, Extension Commodity Marketing Specialist, and Professor, Department Agricultural Economics, UW-River Falls – Boetel-Grain and Cattle Outlook Jan 2020
  • 2020 Dairy Price Outlook and Wisconsin Dairy Task Force 2.0 Report —Dr. Mark Stephenson, Director of Dairy Policy Analysis, UW Center for Dairy Profitability – Stephenson 2020 Dairy Price Outlook (pdf)
  • 2018 Farm Bill Dairy Provisions—Dairy Margin Coverage and Dairy Revenue Protection Programs—Dr. Marin Bozic, Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota—Twin Cities – Bozic, Western WI Ag Lenders 2020
  • Farm Building Structural Failures: Why they happened and how to prevent future failures—Aaron Halberg, Professional Licensed Engineer and Post Frame Engineering Specialist, Halberg Engineering, LLC – Halberg-Western Wisconsin Ag Lenders Jan 9 2020
  • Four years of Industrial Hemp Research at the University of Vermont, Boarderview Farm (45 parallel) – Dr. Heather Darby, Agronomic and Soils Specialist, University of Vermont Extension – Darby-Hemp Presentation 2020 WI Ag Lenders
  • The Wisconsin Economy with a Focus on AgricultureDr. Steven Deller, Professor, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, UW—Madison – Deller 2020 Wisconsin Economy (pdf)

2019 Conference Speakers and Presentations

  • 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

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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