Van Trump Conference 2017

December 6, 2017

Kansas City, MO

Attention Conference Attendees

The conference is being held at the Kansas City Convention Center

301 W. 13th St. 

Kansas City, MO 64105

in the Grand Ballroom

Room: 2501

It's easiest to go to the corner of 16th and Wyandotte and come in that entrance. We are on the Southeast corner. 

Need help with parking? GO HERE

Information for Tuesday Night Cocktail Reception

This event is being held Tuesday Dec. 5, in the Crowne Plaza Hotel in

The Ballroom on the 28th Floor of the Hotel 

About #VTC17

CEO, Farm Direction

Publisher, Editor


I host the "Van Trump Conference" each year in an attempt to address key issues and concerns that are impacting the agricultural industry. In doing so, I invite and bring together, under one roof, many of our nation's top producers, traders, investors, and ag industry professionals. This is an excellent opportunity to network in a casual environment and hear what many of the top minds are thinking. Not only will we be deeply discussing the markets and where prices are headed, but we will also be discussing land values, rents, shifts in consumer demand, policy changes, crop insurance, transportation, interest rates, etc... In addition, I've invited some of the newest agriculture start-ups to be on hand so we can meet as well as interact directly. These agriculture start-ups are developing and bringing to market some of the newest disruptive technology in our industry. I believe too often we get caught up in our own world and fail to see what's happening on the perimeter. I hope each year this event helps break those barriers and introduces attendees to new ideas and new friends. Hope to see you in December! - Kevin Van Trump

Guest Speakers & Panelists

At this year's event you will have the chance to hear some of the leading voices in Agriculture. Check back as we confirm and update our speaker list.

Economic & Ag Forecast

Featuring: Dennis Gartman


The Gartman Letter

Tom Williamson

CEO, Transportation Consultants Company

Natalie DiNicola

President at DiNicola, LLC

Andy Daniels

CEO, Founder of Kronus

Professional Trader

Jim Farrell

President, Farmers National Company

Mike Mock

Lansing Trade Group

Tom Willis

CEO, Conestoga Energy

Carter Williams

CEO, iSelect Fund

Jesse Vollmar 

CEO, FarmLogs

Steve Bruere

CEO, Peoples Company

Jonathon Coppess

Director of Bock Ag Policy Center, University of Illinois

Todd Gleason

Radio Host, WILL AM 580

Barrett Ersek

CEO, Holganix LLC

Eric O'Brien

Co-Founder and Managing Director of Fall Line Capital

John Newton

Director, Market Intelligence, American Farm Bureau Federation

Joe Outlaw

Co-Director, Ag and Food Policy Center, Texas A&M University

Andrew Ward

Director of Business Development, McDonald Pelz

Robert Cowan

President, Farmland Partners Inc.

Adam Litle

VP of Sales, Granular

Jamie Walter

CEO, Whiskey Acres Distilling Co.

Pat Christie

Founder, EVP, Conservis

Paul Miller

Co-Founder and Chief Science Officer, Agrible

Mark Jewell

CEO, Mark Jewell Speaking & Training

John Nitz

Principal, Ag Investments Unit, PGIM

Larry Trebesch

COO, Crop Marketing Business, FBN

Matt Bennett

Owner Bennett Consulting, Grain Marketing Consulting for Channel Seed

Todd Sears

President, CEO - IntelliFarms 

Harold Birch

Executive VP, Family Farms Group

Howard Getson

CEO, Capitalogix

Jerry Roberts

Advisor, CaptiveOne Advisors LLC

Jared Clark


Special Guest Speakers

James Olson - Former CIA Chief of Counterintelligence

He and his wife Meredith met at the CIA and raised three children during a dangerous 25-year career as spies. They retired from the agency, but their work continues as mentors on life, love and the meaning of American patriotism. Olson is now a Senior Lecturer at the Bush School, where he teaches courses on intelligence, national security, and international crisis management. He served for over 25 years in the Directorate of Operations of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), mostly overseas in clandestine operations. In addition to several foreign assignments, he was Chief of Counter intelligence at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia. Professor Olson has been awarded the Intelligence Medal of Merit, the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal, the Donovan Award, and several Distinguished Service Citations.

Dr. Rick Rigsby - President and CEO, Rick Rigsby Communications

Dr. Rick Rigsby is President and CEO of Rick Rigsby Communications. Through motivational speaking, corporate coaching, books and social media outlets, Rick encourages and empowers audience members to become great people who do great things. The San Francisco native is a former award-winning journalist, who followed a television news career with six years of graduate school—culminating with a Ph. D. from the University of Oregon. A college professor for two decades, Rick spent most of those years at Texas A&M University, where he also served as character coach and chaplain for the Aggies football team. Dr. Rigsby now devotes his full attention to empowering people worldwide—from presenting leadership principles in Nigeria to speaking to Fortune 500 companies in the Americas, Europe and Canada. In high demand among educational, business and service organizations and a favorite among professional sports organizations including the National Football League and the PGA, Rick offers common-sense wisdom to those desiring to rise to greater levels of excellence.

Don't Miss This Important Event!

Van Trump Conference 2017

$299 per ticket

2017  Van Trump Conference

2017 Van Trump Winter Conference

Cancellation Policy: 

Full refund by September 1.

50% refund by October 1.  No refunds will be given after this date.

This event will not be cancelled due to weather and no refunds will be issued.


Topics Covered

Market Outlook & Forecast 

On hand will be several leading markets analysts and traders providing their insight and opinions on both short-term and long-term ag prices and outside investment ideas. You do not want to miss this year’s event.

Economic Outlook & Stock Market Forecast

Energy Price Direction & Outlook

Row Crop Price Direction & Outlook i.e. corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton, rice, etc...

Livestock Price Direction & Outlook i.e. cattle, hogs and poultry​

Land Valuations and Long-Term Price Direction










NEW Ag Technology

Precision Agriculture is making huge strides and we are seeing dynamic shifts in technology and adoption rates. You will hear first hand from those who are on the leading edge and driving disruptive innovation our direction.


Do you realize some farmers here in the U.S. are now growing Russian Dandelions as a cash crop for rubber factories​?​​


There are many new alternatives now hitting the industry that have the ability to reduce compaction and increase yields by 10-15%.


Precision Planting is making huge advancements with multi-hybrid planters and billions are now being invested to continue pushing the envelope.


Seed Technology is rapidly changing with the advancement of CRISPR and precise gene editing in plants. China recently used the technology to create a fungus resistant wheat. Find out what's next.​


Field Monitoring and Data Management continue to make huge strides and need to be closely followed. The latest advancements will be on hand.


This new area of ag tech has seen huge investments the past 24-months. Many believe the recent technology coming out of the labs will help increase global yields by 15-20%.


With all of the change in technology there are some who believe the value of land will start to more rapidly shift. Come hear from experts who are managing millions and the moves they are making in preparation.


We will have panel discussion and conversations throughout the day regarding changes in transportation, consumer demand, the supply chain, etc...


Great food, great friends and the exchange of great information with some of the best in the industry. Good times!

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Don't Forget To Reserve Your Room!

CROWN PLAZA is FULL - Book Next Door at The Aladdin - Details Below

Special Conference Rate: Mention the Farm Direction - Van Trump Conference when making reservations and you will receive the Group rate. Please note that the discounted VTC2017 price will be only available until the room block is exhausted. Regular room rates will apply afterwards.

Click Here to reserve your room online or call 1(888) 233-9527 and be sure to mention the Van Trump Conference 2017. Reservations can be made starting May 8, 2017. If you need to call the hotel direct: 1(816) 474-6664 ext. 7500. If you have issues call the office at (816) 322-5300. 

Crown Plaza

1301 Wyandotte Street

Kansas City, MO 64105

The Aladdin

1215 Wyandotte

Kansas City, MO 64105

Special Conference Rate: Mention the Farm Direction - Van Trump Conference 2017; or the block code: VTZ 

Click Here to reserve your room online or call (866) 270-9274. If you have issues call the office at (816) 322-5300. 

Come see the Plaza Lights!

What started with a single strand of Christmas lights strung over a store entrance in 1925 has turned into a living legend as the most spectacular holiday lighting display in the nation.

A local tradition for 86 years, Plaza Lights is a 15-block holiday spectacle on the famed Country Club Plaza, featuring thousands of glimmering, jewel-colored lights that accentuate every dome, tower and window of the Spanish-inspired shopping district. Come check it out!

Country Club Plaza

4750 Broadway St. 

Kansas City, Mo 64112

Thursday December 8, 2016

Kickoff: 7:25pm

Contact Us:  |  816.322.5300

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