Ag Conference

July 11 – 12, 2019

Best Western Plus New Ulm Conference Center | 2101 S Broadway | New Ulm MN 56073

The ICBM Ag Lenders Conference is two days of education focused on keeping ag lenders up to date on their industry and that of their customers.

The Ag Lenders Conference offers a great opportunity for agricultural lenders and bank management officials at Community Banks to hear the latest update on the current farm financial outlook, grain marketing strategies, and resources available to farm families, as well as to get an overview from a bank examiner’s perspective. It will also be an opportunity to hear from some successful and innovative ag business leaders on what opportunities and challenges they see in the next few years for the agriculture industry. There will be ample time for networking and interaction with other ag lending professionals. 




11:15 am – 12:15 pm: Lunch  

12:15 pm – 12:30 pm: Welcome & ICBM Update

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm: Panel Discussion: Current Status of the Minnesota Dairy and Livestock Industry

Panel discussion with some of Minnesota’s top livestock industry leaders on current issues facing the State’s dairy and livestock industry including tight profit margins, trade issues, African swine fever and other pandemic diseases, the development of alternative meat and dairy like protein foods, and much more. 


Kent Thiesse, Minnstar Bank, will moderate this interactive discussion, which will include ample time for audience questions and discussion.


Sheryl Meshke, President and CEO, AMPI, Inc.

Dave Preisler, Executive Director, MN Pork Producers Assn.

Ashley Kohls, Executive Director, MN State Cattleman’s Assn.

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm: Networking Break 

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm: Panel Discussion: Farmer-Lender Mediation – Beyond the Basics 

This group of experienced professionals will give ag lenders an overview of current trends in the MN Farmer-Lender Mediation Program, provide an update on legislation and legal issues, and offer tips for ag lenders to best manage the required mediation program. 


Jake Jenniges, Integrity Bank, will moderate this panel of presenters, which will once again include ample time for audience questions and discussion.


Mary Nell Preisler, State Director, MN Farmer-Lender Mediation Program

Jeff Braegelmann, Attorney, Gislason & Hunter 

Lynn Paulson, Bell Bank

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Happy Hour & Vendor Showcase

5:30 pm – 8:30 pm: Dinner and Entertainment at The Starkeller (Shuttle Provided)

8:00 am: Breakfast

8:30 am – 9:45 am: Panel Discussion on the Minnesota Agriculture Industry

This panel will discuss crop insurance, USDA market facilitation program and disaster payments implementation of the new Farm Bill, MN RFA and MDA assistance programs, as well as FSA direct and guaranteed loans. We’ve also planned for discussion on weather, grain and livestock markets, ag trade, and many other issues, with ample time for audience Q & A.

Moderator: Kent Thiesse, MinnStar Bank, will moderate this panel of distinguished MN Ag Leaders for an interactive discussion on a wide range of State and Federal issues facing Minnesota farmers and ag lenders. 


Thom Petersen, MN Commissioner of Ag

Joe Martin, MN State FSA Director

Kevin Paap, MN Farm Bureau President

9:45 am – 10:15 am:  Networking Break 

10:15 am – 10:45 am:  Current Trends in Land Values and Cash Rental Rates

Roger Heller of Heller Group Land Co., LLC, will provide an overview of the recent trends in Midwest land values, as well as the trends in cash rental rates across the region. He will also offer his perspective on future land values and rental rates, as well as offer insights on factors that could affect the future direction of land values and rental rates.

10:45 am – 12:00 pm:  What’s all this talk about Hemp? Production, Financing and Regulation

In the past 12 months, especially since the new Farm Bill was approved, almost no ag-related topic has generated more interest and discussion than the relatively new hemp industry. Farmers are wondering about producing hemp and selling the production, ag lenders are wondering about the risks of financing hemp production and processing, and all parties are concerned with the variations in Federal and State regulations related to hemp production, processing, and sales. 

Moderator: Scott Wakefield, First Minnesota Bank, will moderate this lively, informative, and innovative panel discussion on the rapidly developing hemp industry, with adequate Q & A time.


Matthew Bialick, Johnson & Bialick

Matt Little, Owner/Partner Midwest Hemp Farm

Josh Pinkernell, Head Grower Midwest Hemp Farm

Harold Stanislawski, Project Development Director, Agricultural Utilization Research Institute

12:00 pm:  Conference Ends – Box Lunch Provided


Bank Member: $250 for 1st Attendee | $187 per person for each additional attendee from same bank (25% off).

Associate Member: $350 per person


Associate Members need to sponsor to attend. If you have any questions about the event sponsorship opportunities, please contact Greg McCurry via email or phone 651-789-3980. To schedule a time to speak with Greg, please click here



Thank You Sponsors:



Ag Conference Committee:

Kent Thiesse, MinnStar Bank, Program Co-Chair
Scott Wakefield, First Minnesota Bank, Program Co-Chair
Lynn Paulson, Bell Bank
Kara Pahl, Community Bank Mankato
Jake Jenniges, Integrity Bank



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 $50 administrative cancellation fee. Cancellations received 14 days or less prior to the event will not be eligible for a refund.

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