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Side by Side Conference

Wednesday, July 31 to Friday, August 2, 2024
Omaha, Nebraska

Our Side by Side conference equips young and beginning producers with the information they need to make the right decisions for their operations.

What to Expect

Side by Side is a conference uniquely tailored for progressive young and beginning producers who will play a leading role in tomorrow’s agriculture. During the conference, Farm Credit Services of America, Frontier Farm Credit, and ag industry experts will share insights and strategies for business outlooks, risk management, and other key issues affecting success on your farm, ranch, or agribusiness.

Conference Details

July 31 - August 2, 2024

Location: Omaha, NE
Optional Pre-Conference Workshop: Wednesday, July 31, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Conference Kickoff: Wednesday, July 31, 5:30 p.m.
Conference Wrap-up: Friday, August 2, 12:00 p.m.

Keynote Speakers

Dr. David (Dave) Kohl, The Kohl Centre at Virginia Tech

Dr. David Kohl

Professor Emeritus Virginia Tech

Eric Snodgrass

Eric Snodgrass

Senior Science Fellow and Principal Atmospheric Scientist at NutrienAg Solutions

Adam Carroll

Adam Carroll

Speaker, Founder, Author

Lisa Quist

Lisa Quist

Regional Vice President at Land as Your Legacy

Frequently Asked Questions

There are typically three main reasons our customers choose to accept the invitation to attend this conference, and they happen to be the three areas that this conference is best-in-class:

  • Networking – this conference plays host to an incredible group of young farmers, ranchers and agribusiness owners who are eager to meet their peers, share stories, and learn from each other.
  • Learning – we’ve brought together some of our industry’s best thought leaders. Past attendees have consistently rated these engaging and useful sessions as some of the best they have attended.
  • The Right Mix – while we may pack a lot into the conference agenda, we make sure that we have plenty of food and fun to go with it.

So here’s our commitment to you: If you attend this conference, you will learn something that will change the way you do business; you will meet some folks from another operation that you will continue to stay in touch with for years to come; and you’ll have some great food, drink and fun with some truly amazing people.

We’ve designed this conference for our young and/or beginning customers who have a strong business sense and who appreciate the value of education and networking. Our lending teams from across our five-state territories select operations to attend.

Typically, attendees are husband and wife, siblings, or close relatives that work with the same operation. There are also several participants that attend by themselves or invite a friend from a neighboring operation to attend. Feel free to talk with your retail team if you have a unique circumstance. Please note that each selected operation is provided with one hotel room. If you have a situation where you need more than one room, we can work with you to coordinate with the hotel.

Farm Credit Services of America and Frontier Farm Credit will provide your room, food and other accommodations while you are at the conference. Your travel to and from the conference is your responsibility.

We are inviting over 100 different operations from Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wyoming to attend the conference. These are young farmers, ranchers, and agribusiness owners who all share in the excitement to spend time with ag industry experts and other producers who face similar challenges. In addition to the attendees, there are industry professionals that will be presenting and our Side by Side team, who help coordinate and run the conference. Other FCSAmerica and Frontier Farm Credit staff, along with Board members, attend on a limited basis.

We want the producers who attend this conference to be able to focus on the learning and networking opportunities that are provided and to be able to give their full attention to the planned activities. Furthermore, we do not have any accommodations or activities planned for our customer’s children. For these reasons, we recommend that your children do not attend. Contact us at SideBySide@FCSAmerica.com with any questions or if you have extenuating circumstances.

Side by Side Conference Contact

Contact us for more information about our Side by Side conference.