Sixth Annual Ag Outlook A Success!

Thank you to everyone who came out to our Sixth Annual AgOutlook event. AgOutlook is really an opportunity to connect with others in the farming community, and to share ideas and best practices.

This year’s event had excellent attendance from both visitors and vendors. Close to 1,000 people came for the day to hear from the featured speakers, and to discuss what’s on the horizon for next year.

Throughout the day we had the chance to visit with some of our attendees and speakers. Larry Diedrich, Elkton, S.D., shared that he’s been attending AgOutlook for a number of years. For Diedrich, AgOutlook is the perfect place to see old friends, meet new ones, and to learn from the speakers. Watch what Diedrich and other attendees had to say about our event.

South Dakota Soybean AgOutlook Attendee Messages from sdsoybean on Vimeo.

For those of you were able to hear first-hand from the featured speakers, you can attest to the importance of their messages. For those of you who weren’t able to attend, here’s a recap:

Mark Pearson, Economist and Market-to-Market host
Pearson discussed the future of agriculture from an economic standpoint. According to Pearson, the current high demand for commodities like soybeans, provide an excellent opportunity for producers, but cautioned farmers not to become too dependent on high market prices. Pearson also stressed the importance of supporting biofuels, and offered positive advice for young people looking to move into the agricultural industry. Watch South Dakota Soybean AgOutlook Speaker Mark Pearson.

Bruce Vincent, Third Generation Logger and Businessman
Speaking from his experience in the timber industry, Vincent urged the agriculture supporters to become proactive in the environmental battle.

“Agriculture is the true ‘green choice’ for the next century, and the industry needs to lead the environmental discussions. Truth without a champion does no one any good.”

David Okerlund, Motivational and Agri-Business Speaker
“Nothing is good enough if can be made better. And better is never good enough if it can be best,” Okerlund shared at AgOutlook.

Okerlund said that the time to change is when you don’t have to, stressing the importance of being innovative and proactive in today’s agriculture industry.

Once again, thank you to everyone who contributed to AgOutlook. We’d love to hear from you, so please share any comments, stories or suggestions.

We appreciate all of your support for South Dakota Soybean. You truly make our event a success every year!