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What is FARMCON?
FARMCON is an opportunity for you to connect with like-minded movers and shakers in the ag sector. These are people who have felt the ground crumbling beneath their feet and lived to tell the tale. It’s is an event for learning, working, and some play too. It’s not for everyone though – we’re looking for those ready and willing to take themselves and their businesses to the next level in 2021. It’s a series of hands-on workshops that will encourage you to push the limits of your creativity, discipline, and potential for success.
Most importantly, FARMCON doesn’t end when the conference is over. We are working to build a network of creative-minded people that love rural America and what it stands for, and people that are willing to fight to keep it alive. We aim to give you something you can take home to your team, to help arm you with the tools to needed to create a growing and thriving modern business.Together we can make a difference!
It will change your perspective!
The Main Event
Peter Zeihan is an expert in geopolitics: the study of how place impacts financial, economic, cultural, political and military developments. He presents customized executive briefings to a wide array of audiences which include, but are not limited to, financial professionals, Fortune 500 firms, energy investors, and a mix of industrial, power, agricultural and consulting associations and corporations. Mr. Zeihan has been featured in, and cited by, numerous newspapers and broadcasts including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, AP, Bloomberg, CNN, ABC, The New York Times, Fox News and MarketWatch.
Granger Smith also known by his alter ego, Earl Dibbles Jr., is an American country music singer-songwriter. He has released ten studio albums, one live album, and two EPs. He scored his first number one hit in 2016 with “Backroad Song” and a second top ten hit with “If the Boot Fits” in 2017. Since then, he has also started a company with his two brothers, Tyler & Parker Smith, called Yee Yee nation, which consists of apparel, podcasts, their own YouTube video, music videos, tournament fishing, and so much more.
Strategic, Creative and New Business Consultant – visionary and strategic leader with a passion for great ideas, vibrant conversations, and emerging trends and technologies. Most known for the Chevy ad campaign “Like a Rock”.
Former CEO – Campbell Ewald – served as brand champion for some of the country’s most recognized marketers, including Alltel Wireless, Carrier, Centers for Disease Control, Chicken of the Sea, Chevrolet, Ghirardelli, The Hartford, Kaiser Permanente, LA Tourism, MotorCity Casino Hotel, Olympic Paint and Stain, OnStar, PIMCO, USAA, the U.S. Mint, the U.S. Navy, and the U.S. Postal Service. During a career at Campbell Ewald spanning almost 30 years, been on the receiving end of just about every award in the industry. Worked in the trenches as a copywriter and in C-level suites as the agency’s Chief Creative Officer.
• Inducted into the American Advertising Federation Hall of Achievement
• Served as the U.S. judge at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival
• Featured Wall Street Journal Creative Leader
• Member of the Ad Council Board of Directors
• Outspoken advocate for the creative community in Detroit, including founder of the annual D Show creative awards and co-chair of the Michigan Film Coalition
• Nationally recognized creative leader behind iconic ad campaigns that won hundreds of industry awards — Cannes, Clios, Effies and the MPA Kelly Award
• Joined Campbell Ewald as a copywriter in 1982
Gregg brings an unparalleled global perspective and economic expertise to the team. He works closely with members of the Executive Intelligence Network (EIN) and plays a major role in the development of its thought leadership priorities. Prior to joining Aimpoint Research, Gregg served in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative as Chief Agricultural Negotiator with the rank of U.S. Ambassador. He was one of the primary architects of the U.S.-China “Phase One” trade agreement.
Gregg has previously served as President of the Commodity Markets Council, the leading trade association for commodity futures exchanges and their industry counterparts, where he worked to lead the industry in addressing global market and risk management issues. As a senior staff member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Doud helped craft the 2012 Senate Farm Bill working on international trade, food aid, livestock, and oversight of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Doud served as Chief Economist for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association for eight years and is a former market analyst for the U.S. Wheat Associates.
Raised on a dry-land wheat, grain sorghum, soybean, swine, and cow-calf operation near Mankato in North-Central Kansas, Doud continues to be involved in his family’s 100-year-old farm and is a partner in a commercial cow-calf operation. He received a B.S. in Agriculture with an emphasis in animal science, as well as a M.S. in agricultural economics from Kansas State University. He currently resides with his family on their horse farm in Lothian, Maryland.
Kevin Van Trump, CEO
CEO, Farm Direction, Angel Investor, Trader, Corp. Coach, and author of The Van Trump Report. Helps investors and Ag professionals better execute by making more informed decisions.
Paul Mobley is an award-winning photographer who has traveled the world to capture and celebrate humanity. His early training began at Detroit’s Center for Creative Studies, and continued in the New York studios of such leading photographers as Annie Leibovitz and David Langley, where he apprenticed for many years before embarking on his own career.
In 2005 Paul set out to capture everyday heroes through the world. From Farmers and ranchers, to medical doctors giving of their time to help in Haiti, to former POW’s, to teachers, to firefighters who braved the towers in New York City on 9/11. Paul shares the images and the stories behind them, inspiring us to realize that we all can make a difference in the world.
Jacob oversees geopolitical analysis at CI, working with the CI research team to integrate geopolitics into CI’s investment strategies. He also authors the “Global Situation Report,” a weekly intelligence brief on the world’s most important developments.
Jacob hosts CI’s podcast series, “Cognitive Dissidents,” which features interviews with a diverse array of foreign policy, technology, and global business experts. Jacob is a prolific writer and frequent keynote speaker at conferences and events, known for challenging consensus views whilst retaining a healthy sense of irony.
Prior to joining CI, Jacob was Director of Analysis at Geopolitical Futures, which he co-founded with famed geopolitical strategist George Friedman. Before co-founding GPF, Jacob was Director of the Operations Center at Stratfor, the geopolitical intelligence firm. He received a master’s degree with distinction from Oxford University and a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in Near Eastern studies.
In addition to CI, Jacob is the founder and Chief Strategist of Perch Perspectives. Perch is a business and political risk consulting firm that works directly with global businesses, helping them to identify and plan for key global risks to their supply chains, with special focus on the technology, agriculture, energy, and apparel industries.
When he doesn’t have his head buried in a book, you can find Jacob at a random pick-up basketball game somewhere in New Orleans doing his best Larry Bird impersonation.