CornVention was held on February 8th, 2017. Mark your calendars for February 13, 2018 for the Northern Corn and Soybean Expo to be held at the FARGODOME. The event is a partnership between the ND Soybean Council and ND Corn Council. The ND Corn Growers Association and ND Soybean Growers Association will also be holding a trade show during the event.
Speaker Presentation Materials
Peterson Farm Brothers
The Peterson Farm Brothers are 3 brothers from central Kansas who create social media content to promote agriculture. Their YouTube videos have received over 40 million total views. The brothers grew up and still work on a family farm near Assaria, KS with their parents and sister. All 3 brothers attend or attended Kansas State University. Greg graduated in 2013, majoring in Agricultural Communications and Journalism. Nathan graduated in 2016, majoring in Agriculture Technology Management. Kendal is a sophomore majoring in Agribusiness. Because of their online success, the brothers have had many opportunities around the world to promote agriculture. However their goal is still to operate the family farm together after college.Peterson Farm Brothers (2.8 MB)
Mick Kjar, Meteorologist
Raised on a beef cattle and grain farm in the Sheyenne Valley grasslands of southeast North Dakota, Mick spent his youth growing up around cows and corn. Although farming has always been a part of his life, listening to the tractor radio while cultivating corn on a tractor with a steel seat got Mick interested in a career in broadcasting. So after graduating from Wyndmere, ND high school in 1968 and a few years at Concordia College and North Dakota State University, he headed off to radio school in 1972 and has been on the radio in the Midwest for 44 years. From 1988 until September of 2015 he was Mick in the Morning on Valley News Live television in Fargo. Mick says he got into weather forecasting to provide farmers with an accurate 3 day forecast, he’s still working on that. Since 2008 his show Farm Talk has been on Ag News 890 and is now carried by a number of stations across North and South Dakota. Mick and Lucy live in West Fargo, have been married since 1973 and have four children, six granddaughters and 1 great grandson. Mick’s favorite things to do include woodworking and spending time in the garden growing vegetables and flowers and going to Farm shows to visit with farmers and agri-business companies.Mick Kjar (5.2 MB)
Dr. William Wilson, University Distinguished Professor, NDSU Dept. of Agribusiness and Applied Economics
Dr. William W. Wilson received his PhD in Agricultural Economics from the University of Manitoba in 1980. Since then he has been a Professor at North Dakota State University in Agribusiness and Applied Economics with periodic sabbaticals at Stanford University. Recently, he was named as a University Distinguished Professor at NDSU. In 2016 he was named the CHS Chair in Risk Management and Trading at NDSU, an endowed position.
His focus is risk and strategy as applied to agriculture and agribusiness with a particular focus on procurement, transportation and logistics, international marketing and competition. He teaches classes in Commodity Trading, Risk and AgriBusiness Strategy and has taught his Risk Class at Purdue University; and is a visiting scholar at Melbourne University where he visits 2 times/year and advises PhD students in risk and agbiotechnology. He has created the NDSU Commodity Trading Room, a state of the art facility for teaching and research in commodity marketing, logistics and trading.
He routinely has projects and/or overseas clients which currently include US, Canada, Mexico, Venezuela, China, and Australia. He regularly advises a number of large Agribusiness firms, several major railroads, and several major food and beverage companies and/or governments in other countries. He served as a Board member of the Minneapolis Grain Exchange for 12 years, on the FGIS Advisory Board, and currently serves as a Board member of several regional firms and NCH Capital.
He was recognized as one of the top 10 Agricultural Economists in 1995 and more recently as one of the top 1% of agricultural economists by Research Papers in Economics.Dr. Bill Wilson (8.2 MB)
Soil Health panel speakers
Abbey Wick, NDSU Extension Soil Health Specialist
Abbey is the state-level soil health specialist with NDSU Extension. She works primarily with management of salt-affected soils, reducing tillage, and incorporating cover crops in rotation. She works with many farmers who are using innovative practices – allowing her to learn alongside them as they figure out the best options for farmers in the Northern Plains. Abbey also develops state-wide “train the trainer” programs for county agents and other educators so that she can reach more farmers with information.
Terry Wehlander, Farmer
Terry is a 5th generation farmer in Sargent County, ND, using vertical-till and no-till with cover crops. He grows corn, soybean, wheat and barley and includes cover crops where he can, whether it be after small grains or interseeded in corn. Terry is active on county boards and also the Secretary/Treasurer for the ND Corn Council.
Lee Briese, Crop Consultant
Lee has been working as an independent crop consultant in south central North Dakota since 1999. He currently provides agronomic advice for nine different cash crops grown on over 85,000 acres annually. Lee is working with growers on customized strategies to incorporate cover crops, reduced tillage and precision agriculture in order to address the challenges of soil degradation, pest management and economic profitability. He holds a M.S. in soil science and a B.S. in crop and weed science from North Dakota State University and recently began working towards a Doctor of Plant Health degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Mark Huso, Crop Consultant
Mark Huso is an Independent Crop Consultant, starting Huso Crop Consulting in 2011. Huso Crop Consulting works primarily in Nelson county, but also Ramsey, Walsh, Grand Forks, and Griggs counties. Mark works with a diverse crop group including Wheat, Barley, Durum, Canola, Corn, Edible Beans, Flax, Soybeans, and Sunflowers. Cover crops started to get introduced in Mark’s area as an answer for “Prevent Plant” acres during some substantial wet years to help absorb excessive moisture. Mark now is starting to work with cover crops to help in salinity management and to transition acres to a minimum – no tillage situation. Mark graduated from NDSU in 2000 and worked as a sales agronomist prior to starting Huso Crop Consulting.
Scott Huso, Farmer
Scott Huso started farming in 2008 with his business partner Tim Brakke in the Aneta, ND area. Scott raises wheat, barley, canola, pinto beans, soybeans and corn. His farm is mostly minimum-till, but he is working on new methods to allow more no-till application for row crops, and various methods of fertilizer application in a no-till system. Scott remains goal oriented in respect to no-till. He is trying to increase biological activity and organic matter in the soil in order to reduce the amount of fertilizer necessary for raising crops. Scott and Tim have fields that have been no-till for 15 years.