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Look to the Future at SDSA Annual Meeting, AgOutlook Conference & Tradeshow

Dec 06, 2014

The South Dakota Soybean Association (SDSA) will host a discussion on transportation and rail issues at the SDSA Annual Meeting on December 10 at the

Ramkota Hotel in Sioux Falls. The meeting will begin at 2 p.m. Attendees will hear from SDSA representatives, as well as Greg Guthrie, director of Agricultural Products Marketing for BNSF. Guthrie will discuss rail transportations issues that have impacting in the Midwest.

SDSA members can provide their input on transportation and other policy issues, as well as participate in director elections. The SDSA Annual Meeting is open to the public. Contact the SDSA Office for more information at or 605.330.0278.

Register for the Tenth Annual AgOutlook Conference and Tradeshow

With the 2014 growing season complete, it’s time for the agricultural community to look forward to 2015. The South Dakota Soybean Association brings this opportunity to farmers at the Tenth Annual AgOutlook Conference & Trade Show on December 11 at the Ramkota Exhibit Hall in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Registration is required for the free, one-day conference and trade show. Register online at or call the South Dakota Soybean Office at 605.330.9942. Attendees receive a complimentary meal ticket when they register by December 8. Registration is also available at the door.

“We’re celebrating the Tenth AgOutlook Conference and Tradeshow, and it’s going to be the best one yet. AgOutlook is the premiere event for farmers in the tri-state region. We’ll hear from top-rated agricultural speakers on marketing, issues facing farming today and more,” said John Horter, SDSA president and farmer from Andover, S.D.

The event kicks-off at 9:30 a.m. with the opening of the Trade Show Floor. Farmers can view the entire agenda online at

The Tenth Annual AgOutlook features the following educational programs from leading speakers in the industry.

Arlan Suderman — 10:30 a.m.

Making Sense of the Markets

Arlan Suderman is the Senior Market Analyst at Water Street Solutions, an agricultural consulting firm, leading the firm’s market research efforts. Suderman’s agronomic knowledge, combined with his passion for the markets, gives him valuable insight into the realities of production ag. Market movements frequently defy logic. Suderman will put it all into perspective, providing clarity on the factors driving the markets in a way that builds understanding of how they can be put to work to benefit your operation. Suderman shares his market commentary daily on Twitter with more than 11,000 followers. He can be heard daily on many radio stations across the Midwest, and writes MarketSense Weekly, a free market update email newsletter.

Jay Lehr — 1 p.m.

Reintroducing the American Farm to America

Dr. Jay Lehr combines five decades of expertise and experience with the most contagious enthusiasm for the future of the American farm and ranch. Lehr will address some of the major issues impacting agriculture today. Lehr received the nation’s first Ph.D. in Ground Water Hydrology from the University of Arizona in 1962. Lehr started Environmental Education Enterprises, Inc., a company specializing in training through high level technical short courses for environmental scientists and engineers across the United States and Canada. Currently, Lehr is the

Science Director of the Heartland Institute a libertarian think tank as well as a Senior Scientist with Environmental Education Enterprises in Ostrander, Ohio.

Mark Mayfield — 3 p.m.

Mama Told Me There’d Be Days Like This

Mark Mayfield was raised on a farm in Caney, Kansas, and is a graduate of Kansas State University. Known as “The Corporate Comedian,” Mayfield’s philosophy is simple; say it with humor and people will take the message home. Mayfield will help identify major stressors, and help you find balance in this fast paced world. He’ll do this while you’re laughing at his off-beat, observational comedy. Get a little younger, and learn tips on managing stress in this upbeat, hilarious program guaranteed to make you laugh.