Movers and Shakers in Ag & the Latest In Research and Technology

The industry’s innovation and technology will be showcased through featured speakers, presentations, and exhibitors. Workshops and exhibits pertain to everyone in the industry – Agribusiness Senior Management, Certified Crop Advisers, Grain Professionals, Pesticide Applicators, Agronomy Specialists, Seed Specialists, and more.

The 2016 Agribusiness Showcase & Conference will feature seminars and workshops focusing on the latest industry innovation and technology and the largest indoor field-day in the nation. Experts from agribusiness, regulatory agencies and educational institutions will be presenting to attendees. All speakers are nationally recognized in their profession.

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2018 Featured Speakers


Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds

All Industry Luncheon | Showcase Main Stage
Wednesday, Feb 14 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds will be the keynote speaker at the ASC 2018 All Industry Luncheon. Gov. Reynolds joined the most powerful women in politics late last year when she became Iowa’s Governor. Reynolds was chosen to be the keynote for her optimistic outlook for Iowa’s future and her diligence to the agriculture community.


 Iowa Lt. Governor Adam Gregg 

AAI Member Meeting | Upper Conference Room
Tuesday, Feb 13 | 2:00 - 3:00 PM

Adam Gregg serves as Lieutenant Governor of the State of Iowa. When he was selected, Adam was serving in the Branstad-Reynolds cabinet as the State Public Defender, a position he was appointed to by the governor in 2014. Prior to joining the governor’s office, he practiced at the BrownWinick law firm in Des Moines.


 Catherine Hanaway, Partner, Husch Blackwell 

Wednesday Breadfast| Showcase Main Stage
Wednesday, Feb 14 | 8:00 AM

The former U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri and speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives, Catherine has significant experience litigating complex cases and representing clients in regulatory challenges. 



Donnie Taylor, Vice President of Membership & Corporate Relations, Agricultural Retailers Association

AAI Annual Meeting | Upper Conference Room
Tuesday, Feb 13 | 2:00 PM

Donnie Taylor serves as Vice President of Membership & Corporate Relations for ARA. In this role, he will be responsible for membership development and recruitment and management of ARA’s Member Services Committee. 



Bill Northey, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture

Tuesday Luncheon | Upper Conference Room
Tuesday, Feb 13 | 12:30 PM

Water Quality Initiative Leader Awards for Iowa Certified Crop Advisers

Wednesday Breakfast| Showcase Main Stage
Wednesday, Feb 14 | 8:00 AM

Water Quality Initiative Leader Awards for Agribusinesses 


Chad Pregracke 

Agribusiness Career Day | Upper Conference Room 
Wednesday, Feb 14 | 12:00 PM

Chad Pregracke is the internationally named 2013 CNN Hero of the Year, founder and president of Living Lands & Waters; a nonprofit river cleanup organization, author and professional public speaker. He is proof one person can make a difference.

Best known for starting out as a young man in East Moline, Illinois wanting a cleaner waterway, Chad has become the champion for the Mississippi River. Growing up on its banks, he worked as a commercial shell diver during his early years, experiencing the river from the bottom up.



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Additional Speakers

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Dr. Bob Hartzler, Iowa State University
Dr. Charlie R. Hurburgh, Iowa State University
Dr. Gretchen Paluch, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship
Adam Gregg, Lt. Governor
Charles Boateng, Monsanto
Joel Brinkmeyer, Agribusiness Association of Iowa
Rob Denson, Des Moines Area Community College
Rosalind Fox, John Deere Des Moines Works
David Geiger, Agribusiness Report
Tara Howell, Kent Nutrition Group
Jason Johnson, Farm Credit Services of America
Harry Stine, Stine Seed
Chuck Knight, Monsanto Seed Applied Solutions
Doug Peterson, USDA - NRCS
Wendong Zhang, Iowa State University
Brandon Hrubes, Heartland Ag
Matt Lechtenberg, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship
Dr. David Muth Jr., EFC Systems, Inc
Doug Peterson, USDA - NRCS
Evan Sivesind, Iowa State University
Dr. John Cantwell, Monsanto
Dr. Kristine Schaefer, Iowa State University
Mark A. Storr, BASF
Steve Berger, Producer
Ryan Bergman, Iowa State University
Craig Jorgensen, AGCO Corporation
Antonio Mallarino, Iowa State University
Sara Carlson, Practical Farmers of Iowa
Matt Helmers, Iowa State University
Adam Seabert, John Deere & Company
Edwin Suarez, Midwestern Bioag
Shawn Richmond, Agribusiness Association of Iowa
Greg Wandrey, The Nature Conservancy
Bill Belzer, DuPont Dow
Mike Naig, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship
Dr. Alejandro Plastina, Dpt. Of Economics, ISU
Chuck Spencer, GROWMARK
Bert Strayer, La Crosse Seed
Catherine Hanaway, Husch Blackwell


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