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  • Kristin Poley

    Andy Stroop     Fraleigh

     

    Kristin Poley, Research Manager for the Corn Marketing Program of Michigan, Sponsored by The Nature Conservancy.

    Description

    Carbon as a commodity is getting a lot of attention lately, with support for a functioning carbon market from both the private sector and government agencies. This session will provide an overview of the current state of carbon markets and detail what questions farmers should be asking before enrolling in a carbon program.

    Presenter

    Kristin Poley
    Kristin is the Research Manager for the Corn Marketing Program of Michigan specializing in sustainability and soil health. Kristin manages CMPM’s contract grant program and participates in on-farm trials with research partners answering research questions on cover crops, soil health and carbon.







    (800)678-9029 | 3055 W. M-21 ST. Johns, MI 48879 | AgroLiquid.com

  • Clayton Irani

    Clayton Irani     agro liquid

     

    11:15 – 12:00 pm      Irrigation Technology | Speaker Tent *
    Clayton Irani, President Great Lakes Irrigation/ Sponsored by Great Lakes Irrigation

    Description

    In a world changing faster than you can blink, adaptation is the key to bringing order in this chaos. This session will focus on Ag Irrigation technologies and their progression through this fast-paced information age. What are the steps to develop your real estate with irrigation? What tools are available to allow you to manage every acre like a farm and every farm like an acre. Success in everything starts and ends with perfecting the little things. Don’t get caught up in this world of chaos. Join Clayton as he walks us through a step-by-step process in controlling what could be argued as the most important variable input to your plant’s health. Water!

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    Growing up on a farm in central Michigan, Clayton Irani is a farmer at heart. During his eight-year career in the Irrigation industry, Clayton has worked and been involved in multiple aspects of the operation. He worked on the building crew, functioned as a service tech and participated in project layout and design before he started his sales career. . Acquiring hands-on experience at these various stages of many irrigation projects has given him a unique perspective and solid understanding of his projects from start to finish. Clayton assists producers to maximize their yields by developing farmland with irrigation, managing projects from start to finish, including power infrastructure and water permission, as well as efficient and effective design. Taking his experience to the next level for his customers, Clayton and his team started an irrigation dealership in 2020 to enhance his service capabilities to the customer. His knowledge of irrigation encompasses designing, building, servicing, and financing. He continues to work with many reputable partners in the Ag Industry to help growers and landowners increase opportunities, land values, yields, and margins.







    (800)678-9029 | 3055 W. M-21 ST. Johns, MI 48879 | AgroLiquid.com

  • Mike Fraleigh

    Clayton Irani     Fraleigh

     

    Tuesday August 17 1:00 – 1:45 pm Succession Planning | Speaker Tent *
    Wednesday August 18 12:00 – 1:00 pm Succession Planning | Speaker Tent *

    Mike Fraleigh, Sponsored By: Fraleigh Law *

    Description

    The Ag Community is currently facing unprecedented challenges posed by Covid-19, changing markets, confusing government programs, liability exposure, financial strain, and market and structural changes. And in the midst of all this, we must continue to meet the daily and long-term needs of our businesses and families. Join us to learn strategies to meet your business and family goals. Now more than ever, it’s important to have a plan in place to navigate the medical, financial, family and business changes and challenges facing us. We can’t always predict what the future will bring, but we can lay a foundation of preparedness.

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    Mike was raised on a family farm in Sanilac County, Michigan, and has been meeting the legal needs of Michigan farmers for over 15 years. His practice specialty includes farm and ranch business structure, succession planning and estate planning as well as special needs trusts. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Wealth Counsel, and the State Bar of Michigan and a participant in several sections including Estate Planning & Administration for Business Owners, Farmers & Ranchers; Business Investment Entities, Partnerships, LLC’s and Corporations; Elder Law & Disability Rights; and Probate and Estate Planning.







    (800)678-9029 | 3055 W. M-21 ST. Johns, MI 48879 | AgroLiquid.com

  • Mark Torregrossa

    Clayton Irani     Fraleigh

     

    Tuesday, August 17, 10:15-11:00 Understanding Climate Change | Mark Torregrossa, Meteorologist | Sponsored by Renk Seed *

    Description

    Mark will discuss what to expect for the rest of this year and into next as well as talk about Climate change. He will explain how you can use climate change to improve your operation.

    Presenter


    Mark has been a meteorologist for over 30 years. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology in 1989. He started his career working for a meteorology consulting company in Chicago. There he forecasted for utility companies, nuclear power plants, trucking companies, radio stations and newspapers. His first television job was in Cedar Rapids, Iowa where he learned that farmers are an important group for a meteorologist to get to know. Then he moved to Traverse City. After three years in Traverse City, he moved to the Saginaw/Bay City/ Midland/ Flint television market and worked at WNEM TV5 and WEYI NBC25. In the early 2000s he formed farmerweather.com and began to specialize in agricultural weather. Mark provides a subscription service for daily dedicated-to-farming weather forecasts. You can sign up for the service by talking to Mark personally. In 2007 he was awarded Michigan Farm Bureaus Agricultural Communicator of the Year. Now he is also MLive.com’s chief meteorologist, and can be found every morning on the MLive Facebook page







    (800)678-9029 | 3055 W. M-21 ST. Johns, MI 48879 | AgroLiquid.com

  • Jeff Schussler, Ph.D.

    Clayton Irani     Fraleigh

     

    Tuesday August 17, 12:00 – 1:00 pm Climate Change - The New Michigan Corn Belt?| Sponsored by Pioneer

    Description

    Global climate change influences environmental trends, both negative and positive, that will have substantial impacts on crop production in the 21st century. On balance, these changes have actually supported higher corn yields in the U. S. over the last 40 years. These environmental advantages, combined with technology advancements in genetics and management, should continue to improve corn yields in northern latitudes including Michigan in the 21st century. Listen to the story to see your future!

    Presenter

    Jeff Schussler, Ph.D.
    Jeff is an agronomist/crop physiologist who has enjoyed a career focused on improving crop production. Jeff grew up farming in western Missouri, and after obtaining his B.S. in Agronomy from Central Missouri State, worked for Monsanto in St. Louis, screening plant growth regulators for yield enhancement in corn. Jeff continued his education at the U of Minnesota where he obtained his M.S. and Ph.D. in Plant Physiology. Jeff studied the mechanisms of drought tolerance in corn while a PostDoc with the USDA-ARS in Morris, MN. Jeff then spent 10 years working on herbicide discovery and development with ISK-Japan at its NA headquarters in Cleveland, OH. Jeff joined Pioneer Hi-Bred, International in 2001, stationed in Woodland, CA, with the goal of improving drought tolerance in corn. Jeff was a leader in the development of AquaMax drought tolerant corn hybrids which are still being continually developed and released. Jeff has also worked extensively with the Trait Discovery group in Pioneer, evaluating transgenes for yield and yield stability in corn. Jeff finished his career at Corteva Agriscience leading the NA Trait Discovery field science team, responsible for all trait development including insect protection, herbicide tolerance and yield enhancement in all crops. Jeff currently conducts consulting projects in the areas of field research optimization and grower outreach. Jeff lives in Marion, IA with his wife Kathryn.







    (800)678-9029 | 3055 W. M-21 ST. Johns, MI 48879 | AgroLiquid.com

  • Stephanie Smith

    Clayton Irani     Fraleigh

     

    Wednesday August 18 11:15 - 12:00 Fertility by Hybrid Management

    Stephanie Smith, District Manager for Michigan and Ohio, Golden Harvest

    Description

    Who likes paying more for inputs with each passing calendar year? With rising costs of seed and fertilizer inputs, how we manage applications in terms of timing and placement on our farm is vitally important for operational longevity. Furthermore, have we ever considered each hybrid and variety we grow on our farm might have different needs as well? This session will focus on discussion pertaining to fertility management x genetics. Utilizing plant architecture as well as crop stage demands, how can we get each seed to produce as many bushels as possible? Bring your questions and open mind to see what potential each seed can unlock.

    Stephanie Smith

    Stephanie Smith M.S., C.C.A., from Michigan State University in Crop and Soil Science. Held various agronomy and innovative roles within Monsanto, DuPont Pioneer, 360 Yield Center Regional and now currently as Golden Harvest District Manager in Michigan and Ohio. Farming with her family in southern Hillsdale County, MI, each day is a mission to make the farmers more successful and profitable. As a seed professional, each day my feet hit the floor, I am centered on increasing farmer’s profitability. I enjoy being able to teach and educate on the small tweaks on operations which can really move the needle to higher yields and increased profitability. Each day my goal is to do what is right for the farmer and further my passion. Stephanie is a resident of Fort Wayne, Indiana and farms with her family near Waldron, Michigan.







    (800)678-9029 | 3055 W. M-21 ST. Johns, MI 48879 | AgroLiquid.com

  • Andy Stroop

    Andy Stroop     Fraleigh

     

    Wednesday, August 18, 1:00 – 1:45 pm Developing Irrigated Acres
    Andy Stroop, Sales Michigan Valley Irrigation| Sponsored by: Michigan Valley Irrigation | Speaker Tent

    Description

    This presentation will cover all of the components that go into an irrigation project, water, power, and infrastructure, and application equipment.

    Presenter

    Andy Stroop has been involved in mechanized field irrigation for over 20 years. He graduated from Purdue University with a B.S in Agricultural Economics in 1988. From that spring until 2003 he operated a cash crop farm in Howe, Indiana. Andy began his off-farm career in the mechanized irrigation industry in 2000 as a district representative for T& L Irrigation. After seven years working with the T&L Dealers in his area, he took a similar position with Reinke Manufacturing, another Center Pivot manufacturer. This nine-year span was invaluable to Andy as he learned the supply and manufacturing side of the business while staying grounded helping dealers with their projects for the end users. In 2009 Andy opened his own T&L Dealership which he operated for the next eleven years. This experience added another side of the center pivot irrigation business which included: customer discovery, layout and design, ordering and delivery, installation, financing, service, and repair as well as warranty work. Michigan Valley Irrigation was pleased to bring Andy on board as a salesman in September of 2020 working out of our Battle Creek location. His broad-based industry experience from the manufacturer focus to the dealer side and now as an experienced salesperson creating watering solutions for farmers is an outstanding combination.







    (800)678-9029 | 3055 W. M-21 ST. Johns, MI 48879 | AgroLiquid.com

Hour of Operation

August 17: 8am-5pm
August 18: 8am-5pm

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