2024 Agriculture Seminar

Wednesday, March 13 | Columbia

Who Should Attend

This program is designed for the bank management team, ag lenders and their ag customers, and high school and college students interested in agriculture careers.


Tuesday, March 12

  • 1-4 p.m. Target Banker Visit (optional)

Wednesday, March 13

7:30 a.m.         Registration
8:30 a.m.       

High Impact Weather and Changes in Predictive Science
Eric Snodgrass
Nutrien Ag Solutions

Weather risk in production agriculture is ubiquitous, and the successful execution of a crop plan requires accurate weather forecasting and analysis. We plan our operations based on weather averages and our experiences over recent growing seasons, but each year presents a new set of weather challenges. Eric Snodgrass will focus on how to use the abundance of weather data to stay ahead to disruptive weather events. He will talk about the limits of predictability for weather events, and attendees will learn about the resources available to monitor changes in the longer range forecasts. Snodgras also will talk about disruptive technologies in predictive analytics – like artificial intelligence. He will review the major lessons from the 2023 growing season and talk about the high impact events, like widespread hail damage, Midwest and southern U.S. drought and the hurricane season. He will talk about the big seasonal drivers like El Niño and La Niña and discuss the outlook for the next three to nine months. Snodgras will finish with a discussion about the 2023-24 growing season in South America, which competes directly with major U.S. commodity crops.

9:30 a.m.        Break 
9:45 a.m.        A Different Perspective on New Tech and Scientific Impacts on Ag
Doug Johnson, Director – Agriculture Industry Practice Lead
Moody’s Analytics

Doug Johnson provides a thought-provoking discussion on new technologies and potential scientific impacts on the agricultural industry. New challenges, including AI, ESG regulations, protein displacement and the changing workforce, will present risks and opportunities ahead. Gain insights that will challenge our comfort zones and push us to think broader and longer term than we’ve historically done. 
10:45 a.m.        Break 
11 a.m.        General Session - Coming Soon
Noon       Lunch - Legislative Update
1 p.m.       Red Sky: Farmers Delight or Warning
Ben Brown
Senior Research Associate with MU’s Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute

Ben Brown discusses the outlook for Missouri crop markets, policy and profitability in 2024. Some of the topics that will be covered include supply and demand for corn, soybeans and wheat; updates on the 2023 Farm Bill; and overview of MU Extension crop enterprise budgets.
2 p.m.        Break
2:15 p.m.       

The Management Mindset for the 2020s
Dr. David Kohl, Professor Emeritus
Virginia Tech

Dr. David Kohl details key viewpoints from his travels on the road and throughout the U.S. and globally, sharing his knowledge of global economic trends and the state of the U.S. economy. The 2020s decade will be one for widening the economic and financial divide. This session examines the four pillars of success for converting economic uncertainty and disruptions into business opportunities. A high business IQ will be one of the common denominators of success. What are the components of a high business and financial IQ that provide resiliency and agility to navigate accelerated change created by the pandemic? Explore action items that will position your business and management team to navigate the economic white waters of the 2020s.

4 p.m.        Adjourn 

Three Ways to Register

register icon    Online             
phone icon    Phone 573-636-8151 
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 -- $300 per person
    • Ag Guest Fee (customer of the bank/FFA or ag high school student)  -- $190 per person
  • Nonmember Fee
    • $1,200 per person

The cost of lunch included in this registration fee for this seminar is $24.50 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.

Location & Hotel Reservations

The seminar will be held at the Courtyard by Marriott in Columbia. Overnight accommodation is available at the hotel. 

Courtyard by Marriott
3301 Lemone Industrial Blvd.
Columbia, MO
Hotel Group Rate of: $105 USD per night
Cutoff Date For Room Block: Thursday, Feb. 29
Book Reservations Online

Be sure to state you are attending the Missouri Bankers Association’s ag seminar. After the cut-off dates listed above, availability is not guaranteed, and room rates may revert to the published rate. Early reservations are encouraged!


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. 


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.