Farming is changing…how do you develop your Edge? Water Street EDGE farm seminar attendees at the Willmar, MN event on February 16th & 17, 2015, learned the skills needed to lead and manage their farm operations in the future. They were engaged in interactive educational sessions, participated in 1-on-1 conversations, and took advantage of networking opportunities.
We value farming as a business and understand how vital education is for future success and advancing technologies. Therefore, we were honored to have the opportunity to co-sponsor the Water Street Edge event with Water Street Solutions. We wanted to ensure that farm businesses and families in south-central Minnesota and surrounding areas had this educational opportunity available to them.
For those of you who were unable to attend, we wanted to share some seminar highlights with you, and what better way to do that than by using technology. Social media is other technology that is fast becoming a part of the future of farming.
Water Street EDGE Tweets
During the event we used the #WaterStreetEDGE to tweet important take-home tidbits from each speaker and session. Here’s some highlights.
Follow us on Twitter @corncapital for more educational information, photos from the field and tweets from the tractor!
Here’s a visual tour of the event. We had a great time connecting with all of the farmers, both new and familiar faces! Take a look.
Thank You from Corn Capital Innovations
Most importantly, we want to give a big thank you to all the speakers, panelists, attendees and coordinators of this event! It’s wonderful to be part of a group of agricultural leaders who support ag education and contribute to the future of farming.
Attendees – Do you have any take home tidbits to add to our list? How have you started incorporating what you learned into your farm business?
January 13, 2015 by Summer
Can you believe that it’s 2015 already! With a new year brings new changes and challenges in farming. The Water Street EDGE Farm Business Seminar provides educational sessions that will teach you the skills needed to successfully manage your farm operation in 2015 and beyond. Take a look at the two-day seminar schedule listed below.
- 12:00-1:00 PM – Registration
- 1:00-2:00 PM – Market Sense for a High-Frequency World
Arlan Suderman, Senior Market Analyst at Water Street Solutions will build your understanding of the key drivers in today’s markets and help you consider how to approach market volatility – in such a way that your plan makes sense with the long-term goals of your operation.
- 2:30-3:30 PM & 4:00-5:00 PM – Rebooting Farm Leadership
Richard Hadden, CSP will provide current and future farm leaders with real-world applications of key leadership practices – as well as revealing the skills farm leaders will need to lead in a changing world.
- 5:30-7:30 PM – Reception & Dinner
- 7:30-8:30 PM- Keynote: It’s a Jungle Out There! Blazing New Trails for Agriculture
Jolene Brown, CSP will explore the four major influencers that affect decision-making for ourselves and our customers. With lots of laughter, you’ll learn how to build important bridges for a joy-filled journey in today’s agricultural ‘jungle’!
- 8:00-10:00 AM – Straight Talk, Straight Actions: Agriculture in a Changing Economy
Dr. David Kohl, Professor Emeritus of Ag Economics at Virginia Tech will help you consider what it will take to run your farm business successfully in the shifting ag economy.
- 10:30-11:30 AM – Farm-Level Financials: Key Foundations for Decision-Making
Mike Gustafson, Chief Operating Officer at Water Street Solutions will focus on farm financials and how you’re making decisions for your operation. Through a case study approach, this workshop-style session will apply concepts from Dr. Kohl’s economic view at the individual farm level.
- 11:30-1:00 PM – Table Topics Lunch
Back by popular demand, we’ll host Table Topics, a chance to sit and discuss topics of your choice in a small group setting.
- 1:00-2:00 PM – Cultivating Communication: Grow Your Skills, Grow Your Edge
Darren Frye, President and CEO at Water Street Solutions will share four core skills to use as you communicate each day with family members, non-family employees, vendors, advisors, landlords and lenders.
Corn Capital Co-Sponsoring
Corn Capital Innovations is proud to be co-sponsoring this event along with Water Street Solutions at the Best Western Plus in Willmar, MN. We are firm believers in the importance of continuing education to achieve future farm success. We encourage all farmers in our area to attend.
Develop Your EDGE
Develop your EDGE! Attend the Water Street EDGE Farm Business Seminar on February 16th-17th, 2015. Time is running out, register today!
Are you attending Water Street EDGE? What learning sessions are you most looking forward to?
December 3, 2014 by Summer
In the CCI office this morning, we are still smiling and chuckling from our customer appreciation event last night. It was definitely not one of those regular seed meeting that we find ourselves attending throughout the year. It was a night to honor our clients! A night of good conversation, even better company and a speaker who was honest, inspirational and humorous!
Who’s Hiding the Humor? – Jolene Brown
We were honored to have Jolene Brown come to Olivia and speak to a full house with over 140 in attendance! Her passion for ag advocacy, appreciation of hard work and ability to find the humor in any situation rang true during her entire speech. Everyone left the event with a more positive mindset than they came with. It was the perfect way to end the evening.
For those of you who were unable to attend our event, you’re in luck! Jolene will be returning to the area on Feb. 16th-17th, 2015 to speak at the Water Street EDGE Farm Business Seminar in Willmar, MN. Jolene is part of a group of top speaker who will share their expertise about managing a modern farming operation. We encourage all of you to attend and as an added bonus we are extending the Early Bird Rate to all CCI customers through December 31st, 2014. Please contact us for more information and to register.
Thank you for celebrating another great year with us, we enjoyed spending time with our amazing clients, co-workers and friends. The event was a wonderful success and we truly are grateful for your patronage over the last year. Please enjoy our collection of photos from the event below.
What hit home most with you after hearing Jolene’s speech? Were you inspired to advocate for your industry and look for the humor in life? Please share in the comments.
We wish you all a wonderful holiday season!
November 7, 2014 by Summer
The Water Street EDGE Farm Business Seminar is coming to Willmar, MN on Feb. 16th-17th, 2015. Based on the success of the 2014 event, you won’t want to miss it! Here’s your chance to take advantage of the Early Bird Rate of $249! Regular price is $399, that’s a savings of $150!
How Do You Develop Your EDGE?
Farming is changing – and the skills needed today to lead and manage an operation are different than in the past. Water Street EDGE has enlisted a group of farm experts to help you navigate these changes. Let’s meet them!
- Straight Talk, Straight Actions: Agriculture in a Changing Economy
In a high-energy, no-holds-barred session, Dr. David Kohl brings his signature ‘straight talk’ on the global economic trends impacting your decision-making and the bottom line of your farm business.
- Market Sense for a High Frequency World
Leading market analyst Arlan Suderman will build your understanding of the key drivers in today’s market and help you consider how to approach market volatility – in such a way that your plan makes sense with the long-term goals of your operation.
- Rebooting Farm Leadership
Through practical insight and humor, Richard Hadden will provide current and future farm leaders with real-world applications of key leadership practices – as well as revealing the skills farm leaders will need to lead in a changing world.
- It’s a Jungle Out There! Blazing New Trails for Agriculture
Keynote speaker Jolene Brown will explore the four major influencers that affect decision-making for farms and their customers. With lots of laughter, you’ll learn how to build important bridges for a joy-filled journey in today’s agricultural ‘jungle’.
Get an exclusive preview of what Jolene Brown has to offer at our customer appreciation gathering. Jolene is the keynote speaker at our “Who’s Hiding the Humor” Event on Dec. 2nd! Invitations coming soon!
On top of the excellent speaker sessions, this seminar offers additional educational and networking opportunities including:
- Table Topics Luncheon
- Peer Networking Opportunities
- Dinner banquet
- And More!
Corn Capital Co-Sponsoring
Corn Capital Innovations is proud to be co-sponsoring this event along with Water Street Solutions at the Best Western Plus in Willmar, MN. We are firm believers in the importance of continuing education to achieve future farm success. We encourage all of our customers to attend.
Register Now & Save
Don’t delay. Register before November 17, 2014 to receive the Early Bird rate of $249/person. Remember the price increases after this date to $399/person.
Did you register for Water Street EDGE? What speaker are you most looking forward to?
October 9, 2014 by Summer
It’s our pleasure to invite you, our patrons, to join us for a fun evening at Max’s Grill in Olivia on Tuesday, December 2nd at 6pm to show our appreciation.
Jolene Brown, professional speaker, Author and Family Business Consultant, will be our keynote speaker. Jolene encourages, teaches, and celebrates the people of agriculture who feed, clothe and fuel the world.
Jolene spoke at a farm business seminar that we co-sponsored earlier this year. We were so impressed with her extensive knowledge, speaking ability and popularity with the audience, that it was a unanimous decision to invite her to speak at this event. Jolene will be presenting again at the Water Street Edge Farm Business Seminar on Feb. 16th-17th, 2015 in Willmar, MN.
“Who’s Hiding the Humor?”
Here is a short description of Jolene’s presentation:
All folks have a sense of humor; it’s just that some folks have a bad one! They haven’t learned that the benefits of a positive sense of humor extend to better health, understanding of rural issues, and positive farm family relationships. How long has it been since you’ve really laughed and celebrated who you are and what you do? We’ll do both as we answer the question “Who’s Hiding the Humor?”
We hope you can join us for an evening of great company, tasty food, and top notch entertainment! A formal invitation will follow in the mail.
The entire Corn Capital Innovations Team looks forward to thanking you in person at this event!