Kent Thiesse Farmfest

Farmfest forum coordinator Kent Thiesse listens as a visitor asks a question during an educational session in 2016.

Speakers will share their expertise on agronomics and economics, cash flow planning in tough economic times, and analysis of current grain and livestock market conditions at an event in Marshall, Minnesota.

The 35th annual Farm Outlook & Education Seminar will be held Wednesday, Feb. 13 from 9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom on the campus of Southwest Minnesota State University.

The Farm Outlook & Education Seminar serves as a scholarship fundraiser for students in SMSU’s agriculture programs. Tickets are $75, which includes lunch.

Attendees must register by Feb. 11 at Registration can also be mailed to: SMSU Foundation, 1501 State St., Marshall, MN, 56258.

Speakers include Jim Emter, CEO of Van Ahn and Co., which helps producers with risk management techniques. The company's goal is to help commercial operations, producers and end users establish sound, detailed marketing plans.

Ken Franzky is the agronomy services manager in Minnesota and South Dakota for Centrol Crop Consulting. He has experience as a crop management specialist, account manager and agronomy service manager with a number of major agricultural companies, including Syngenta and DuPont-Pioneer.

Kent Thiesse is the senior vice president and chief ag loan officer for MinnStar Bank in Lake Crystal, Minnesota. In 2003, he retired from the University of Minnesota Extension Service after a 28-year career as an extension educator in agriculture. He writes a weekly column, “Focus on Ag,” that is distributed to several Midwest ag publications and websites.

The schedule:

8:30 a.m.: Registration opens

9 a.m.: Welcome and introductions

9:15 a.m.: Ken Franzky, “Data-Driven Decisions — Agronomics and Economics”

10:15 a.m.: Break

10:30 a.m.: Kent Thiesse, “Cash Flow Planning in Challenging Times”

Noon: Lunch

1 p.m.: Jim Emter, “Analysis of Current Conditions in the Grain and Livestock Markets and How to Adapt to the Changing Markets”

2:45 p.m.: Seminar close