The ICBM Ag Conference has shifted to a virtual format this year. 

The Ag Conference focuses on keeping ag lenders up to date on their industry and that of their customers. Hear from expert speakers on farm transitions, update on COVID-19 programs, and how the Ag industry may be impacted after the 2020 Election. 

November 17
10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. CST

$99 per bank member individual / $199 per non-member individual

$250 per associate member individual (non-sponsor)

Who should attend:
All community banks – and all staff from CEO to lenders – can attend. 

Register by November 10th to receive a conference gift!


10:30 a.m. - Welcome
10:40 a.m. - Focus in the Storm - Farm Transitions, Myron Friesen - Farm Financial Strategies
11:45 p.m. - Lunch & Learn, Vendor Showcase

Vantage Point Solutions
Winthrop & Weinstine
Bell Bank
Gislason & Hunter, LLP
Lathrop GPM

12:35 p.m. - Virtual Roundtable, Peer-to-Peer Discussion Breakouts
1:15 p.m. - Farm Program Payment Update, Kent Thiesse - MinnStar Bank, National Association
1:40 p.m. - Popcorn and Politics - Elections are Over: What We Know and Don't Know, Jim Wiesemeyer - Pro Farmer
2:55 p.m. - Closing Comments

Session Descriptions:

Focus in the Storm - Farm Transitions
The rapid speed of life, the abounding uncertainties, the roller coaster of emotions and opportunities, all combined with family dynamics can easily cause people to be distracted and lose focus. Now is the time for Farm families to be focused on what matters and what is important:
  1. Understanding the issues
  2. Knowing the facts
  3. Comparing the options
  4. Applying the solutions
Presented by Myron Friesen, Farm Financial Strategies
Lunch n' Learn
Grab your lunch, kick back at your desk, and listen to our featured vendors as they present opportunities to partner with you through their ag-related products and services. 
Featured Vendors: Vantage Point Solutions, Winthrop & Weinstine, Bell Bank, Gislason & Hunter LLP, Lathrop GPM

Virtual Roundtable Discussions
Time to network with other banks is one of the most valuable benefits to attending professional events. We have carved out time for roundtable discussions through virtual breakout rooms to discuss hot topics with your peers. There will be time to bring up challenges, share best practices and check in with other Minnesota bankers. 

Farm Program Payment Update
This session will cover an overview of 2019 and 2020 farm payments programs, 2021 farm program sign-up, CFAP2 payments, WHIP+ payments, PPP loan forgiveness, and other government programs.
Presented by Kent Thiesse, MinnStar Bank, National Association

Popcorn & Politics - Elections are Over: What We Know and Don't Know
We will be dissecting the elections... we know who won. What does that mean for economic, energy, farm and trade policy. 
Presented by Jim Wiesemeyer, Pro Farmer

2020 Ag Conference Sponsors




Ag Conference Committee

Full NameCompanyCityPosition
Kent ThiesseMinnstar Bank National AssociationLake CrystalCo-Chair
Scott WakefieldCorTrust Bank National AssociationMayerCo-Chair
Jake JennigesIntegrity Bank PlusWabassoMember
Kara PahlCommunity Bank MankatoVernon CenterMember

Questions? Contact Patti Coles at or 651-789-3987

Unless specifically stated on registration materials, the deadline to receive a refund for your registration is two weeks before the conference, subject to a $50 administrative cancellation fee. Cancellations received 14 days or less prior to the event will not be eligible for a refund.