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2023 SDBA Ag Bankers Conference
Wednesday, July 19, 2023 to Thursday, July 20, 2023
Category: SDBA Events

2023 SDBA Ag Bankers Conference

July 19-20, 2023

Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center | Pierre, SD


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 Details & Registration Information 



Conference Fee: $525/member or $625/non-member
After July 10: $550/member or $650/non-member
Onsite: $575/member or $675/non-member


All provided presentations will be available on the SDBA's website.  Hard copy handouts will be provided for $30 per person.


A block of rooms has been reserved at the following hotels in Pierre. Ask for a room from the SDBA block.

Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center                                       ClubHouse Hotel & Suites
920 W. Sioux Ave., Pierre                                                                 808 W. Sioux Ave., Pierre
Phone: 605.224.6877                                                                       Phone: 605.494.2582
Rate: $101                                                                                          Rate: Queen - $144, King - $149,
Block Cut Off: June 16                                                                    Queen Suite - $159, King Suite - $169
                                                                                                             Block Cut Off: June 16


The South Dakota Bankers Association will present the 2023 Agricultural Credit Conference on July 19-20. This conference focuses on the unique needs of ag bankers and the desire for quality information and training to better serve their customers. Attendees will benefit from a day and a half of presentations from nationally recognized speakers, network with more than 125 banking peers and meet several exhibitors who offer products and services geared toward ag banking. New or experienced ag lenders, as well as CEOs, will all benefit from this conference.


Wednesday, July 19

7:30 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m. Welcome - Brit Miller, SDBA Agricultural Credit Committee Chair, First National Bank in Philip, Philip, SD

8:15 a.m. Uncharted Times for US Agriculture - Dan Basse, President AgResource Company, Chicago, IL

9:15 a.m. Exhibitor Showcase

9:30 a.m. Marketing GPS - John Melius, Group Leader and Farm Marketing Consultant,  Hurley & Associates, Brookings, SD

10:50 a.m. Value-Added Ag Panel

11:50 a.m. Lunch & Networking with Exhibitors

1:00 p.m. High Impact Weather: 2023 Review + Fall Outlook - Eric Snodgrass, Sr. Science Fellow and Principal Atmospheric Scientist, Nutrien Ag Solutions, Champagne, IL

2:00 p.m. The Auction Industry, Live and Online/Land Management - What the Heck is That Anyway? - Tim Peters, Land Manager, Pifer's Auction, Realty, and Land Management, Worthing, SD and Chris Bair, Regional Equipment Manager, Pifers Auction, Realty, and Land Management, Worthing SD

3:00 p.m. Exhibitor Showcase

3:15 p.m. Break with Exhibitors

3:35 p.m. South Dakota State University - Real Estate Minor and Real Estate Graduate Certificate - Ryan McKnight, J.D., MBA, State Registered Appraiser, Ness School of Management and Economics, South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD

4:05 p.m. The Changing Face of Farmers - Heather Beaner, Farm Manager, Wal-Di Farms, Mellette, SD

4:40-6:00 p.m. Networking Reception

Thursday, July 20

7:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m. Bankers and the Farm Bill: An Update from Washington, D.C. - Ed Elfmann, SVP, Agriculture and Rural Banking Policy, American Bankers Association, Washington, D.C.

8:45 a.m. Applications of Precision Technology for Ranching - Dr. Jameson Brennan and Dr. Hector M. Menendez III, Assistant Professors, Livestock Grazing Extension Specialists, SDSU Department of Animal Science, Rapid City, SD

9:30 a.m. Exhibitor Showcase

9:40 a.m. Break with Exhibitors

10:00 a.m. Welcome to the Market Cycle - Troy Bockelmann, Director of Grain and Protein Analysis, CattleFax, Centennial, CO

11:00 a.m. Take Off the Mask - Is Your Life Story Worth Telling? - Dan Meers, Mascot, Motivational Speaker, Author and Family Man, Kansas City, MO

12:00 p.m. Conference Concludes


For special dietary or mother's room requests, contact Halley Lee at 605.224.1653 or [email protected] by July 12.


100% refund if canceled before July 5; 75% refund if canceled July 5-8; no refund if canceled July 9 or later. Substitutions allowed at any time.