Meet the Ag Outlook Speakers

Nov 28, 2023

Register to Attend the 2024 Ag Outlook Event!
River Valley Cooperative invites agronomy and grain customers to attend the 2024 Ag Outlook Meeting at Rhythm City Casino in Davenport, Iowa. Business partners and spouses are also invited to register to attend.

Visit with agricultural vendors during the vendor fair, 1-3:00 p.m. before the meeting begins. Hear from industry experts as they take the stage to discuss economic updates, grain markets, and global pressures that growers are facing. The meeting will be followed by a complimentary dinner and the Iowa/Iowa State basketball game watch party! Learn about the speakers and panel below.

Mike Pearson Ag Media Commentator

Mike Pearson was born and raised in South Central Iowa, where he grew to love agriculture on his family’s hog and cattle farm. After graduating from Simpson College, Mike moved to Grinnell, Iowa where he had the chance to build his own cow herd in addition to working as an agricultural lender. Over the next 10 years, Mike left the world of finance and entered the world of media. He’s previously hosted “Market to Market” on Public Television, the Ag News Daily podcast, and currently, viewers can find him behind the anchor desk on “This Week In Agribusiness,” which can be found on RFD TV. Mike has a lifetime of experience in the world of agriculture, until recently farming himself and feeding cattle.

Joe Kerns Partners for Production Agriculture

Joe has 30+ years of agricultural expertise, specializing in procurement, risk management, and business development. Formerly with industry giants like ADM and Premium Standard Farms, he now leads Partners for Production Agriculture, advising stakeholders across 13 states. He’s a respected speaker on topics like commodity markets, nutrition, sustainability, and leadership, while cherishing family time with Laura and their kids.

Chris Short Fertilizer Trading Expert

Chris Short works closely with commercial agribusinesses to help them manage price risk in their operations. Chris’s has held positions as CEO of his own company, Short and Miller Marketing, where he worked as a trader before he joining CHS Hedging. He started his career in the accounting department of First Trust in St. Paul. Short holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Matt Campbell StoneX

Matt Campbell is a commodity risk management professional with 23 years of experience in the commercial grain industry. His clients range from large cooperative elevators to livestock feeders; from growers to ethanol plants. Matt earned a degree in Agricultural Business from Iowa State University in 1998. He is based in West Des Moines, Iowa.

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