Millikin University - Decatur, IL
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The day’s events will be emceed by Rita Frazier of RFD Radio.
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  • Welcome and Safety message – 1 pm
  • Opening Comments –
    • Duane Noland, Millikin University Board of Trustees, President/CEO of Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives, Former Illinois State Senator and State Representative and Macon County farmer.
  • “A World Outlook on Agriculture”
    • Dr. Mary Shelman, Director of Agribusiness Program at Harvard Business School - a summary of key industry trends identified through research at Harvard Business School and suggestions for what they might mean for the US in the future
  • Chris Olsen, Vice President Community and Government Affairs at Tate & Lyle
  • “How Technology is Reshaping Agriculture”
    • Cory Reed, Senior Vice President of Global Marketing Services at John Deere – a look at how advances in technology are allowing for greater efficiencies and how that will shape the future of agriculture
  • Philip Nelson – President of Illinois Farm Bureau
  • "What Would Lincoln Think"
    • Colleen Callahan, Illinois Director – USDA Rural Development – A look at the Land of Lincoln and his vision for the USDA
  • Bob Flider – Director, Illinois Department of Agriculture
  • “The Future of Seed Technology”
    • Brett Begemann, President and CEO of Monsanto – insights into what the future holds for the seed industry and how the global economy shapes the priorities for companies such as Monsanto
  • Panel Discussion
    • Mary Shelman, Cory Reed, Colleen Callahan, and Brett Begemann – Facilitated by Rita Frazier
  • Wrap up at 5 pm
Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Millikin University - Decatur, IL