2022 Ag Seminar

Wednesday and Thursday, March 2-3 | Jefferson City


Thank you to our program sponsor, Farmer Mac.

Farmer Mac


Wednesday, March 2

10 a.m.        Target Bank Visit Briefing - OPTIONAL ATTENDANCE 
After a legislative briefing, join MBA staff in the state Capitol building to meet your lawmakers and discuss issues important to the banking industry.
2 p.m.        Registration
3 p.m.       Missouri Agriculture Update
Chris Chinn, Director
Missouri Department of Agriculture 
4 p.m.        Reception 

Thursday, March 3

7 a.m.         Registration
7 to 8 a.m.        Breakfast 
8 a.m.        Roller Coaster Economics and the Management Mindset
Dr. David KohlDr. David Kohl, Professor Emeritus
Virginia Tech

The economic environment is surrounded by uncertainty but also offers opportunities for those with a high business IQ and financial management mindset. Dr. Kohl discusses macroeconomic variables ranging from global economic trends to inflation, interest rates, supply chain disruptions and consumer trends that will affect the financial bottom line. Given these trends, what are time-tested business and financial practices that could increase the likelihood of success? Based on his decades of engagement with agricultural businesses, research and as a business owner, Dr. Kohl shares practical tips, techniques and tools that can be used in your business, family and personal life. 
9:45 a.m.        Break 
10 a.m.        Weather Outlook
Anthony LupoAnthony Lupo, Ph.D., Professor Atmospheric Science
College of Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
University of Missouri—Columbia

Anthony Lupo provides his latest update on weather trends in the U.S. and abroad that affect the bottom line of your agricultural business. 
10:45 a.m.        Break 
11 a.m.        Succession and Estate Planning for Agricultural Businesses
Christine DeMareaChristine H. DeMarea, Partner

Agricultural businesses and family farms face a number of challenges outside their control. This session explores creative, tax-effective techniques and structures — such as LLCs, LPs, grantor trusts, BIDITs and charitable planning — to keep family farms intact. This presentation also reviews the current legal landscape and analyzes its impact on farms and businesses and discusses options on what farmers can control — tax planning, creditor protection and succession planning.
Noon       Lunch 
12:45 p.m.       Ag Disruptors and What to Watch For
Doug JohnsonDoug Johnson, Director – Ag Strategist
Moody’s Analytics

In this hands-on presentation, Doug Johnson discusses some of the key disruptors in the ag industry and shares his perspective on what these disruptors could have for both farmers and bankers. Disruptors like carbon sequestration with potential documentation fraud, methane capture challenges to feeder industry, lab-raised meat impact to the entire protein industry, supply chain disruptors and the power of consumer sentiment are real issues that farmers and bankers must proactively consider.
1:45 p.m.        Break 
2 p.m.        Banking the Hemp Industry
David Middleton
David Middleton
Hemp Outreach Coordinator
Lincoln University
      Paul Cambridge, Armstrong Teasdale

Paul Cambridge
Armstrong Teasdale LLP

The current hype is hemp can be made into 25,000 products; reality says let’s find 10-20 that we can make now to improve agriculture’s bottom line. Learn the history, regulations, agronomic practices and economics of industrial hemp production. Missouri once was No. 2 in hemp production and is poised to once again be a major player, but major hurdles must be overcome. Hear how to make informed decisions when banking with hemp farmers while managing the regulatory compliance obligations and unique risks associated with this industry. 
3 p.m.        Adjourn 

Who Should Attend

This conference is tailored so that both entry level positions and experienced ag loan officers will gain valuable information.

Four Ways to Register

register icon    Online             
phone icon    Phone 573-636-8151 
fax machine    Fax 573-634-2754
mail icon    Mail check payable to Missouri Bankers Association and form to:
Missouri Bankers Association
P.O. Box 57
Jefferson City, MO 65102

Registration Fees

  • MBA Member Fees
    • Banker Fee -- $275 per person
    • Ag Guest Fee -- $160 per person
  • Nonmember Fee
    • $1,100 per person

The cost of lunch included in this registration fee for this seminar is $22.50 This information is provided for your bank’s tax records, in keeping with the IRS 50% deductible provisions under Section 274(n) of the Internal Revenue Code.


Capitol Plaza Hotel
415 W. McCarty
Jefferson City, MO

Hotel Reservations

Workshop participants should contact the Capitol Plaza Hotel at 573-635-1234 or register online (online booking code 220302MOB) to secure reservations. The special group rate of $109 plus tax, per room, per day is available. Be sure to state you are attending the Missouri Bankers Association’s ag seminar.

A block of rooms is reserved for this meeting until Tuesday, Feb. 15. After the cut-off date, availability is not guaranteed and room rates may revert to published rate. Make room reservations before Feb. 15 if you wish to stay at the meeting hotel. Early reservations are encouraged!

Book Reservations Online


Full refunds will be granted for cancellations received by MBA at least 10 days before the seminar date. After that date, an administrative fee of $10 per canceled registration will be retained. Cancellations will not be accepted five days prior to the seminar. Substitutions are always permitted.

Continuing Education

CPE will be granted to registered attendees upon request.
Specialized Knowledge: 7.5
Instructional Delivery Method: Group Live
Prerequisites: Basic banking knowledge
Program Level: Basic
Advanced Preparation: None


If you have any disabilities that require special assistance, contact MBA at 573-636-8151 and explain how we may best accommodate your needs.

For More Information

Contact the MBA Education Department at 573-636-8151 or email.
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