National Council of State Agricultural Finace Programs - Annual Conference 2017

2017 NCOSAFP Annual Conference

August 28-29, 2017 | Arlington, VA
The National Council of State Agricultural Finance Programs is heading to Arlington, Virginia for its 2017 Annual Conference. This year's conference will focus on the variety of industries that makes up Virginia's agricultural base and the financing programs that are used to help grow and sustain this important economic driver in the state. The Annual Agricultural Finance Conference will be an interactive three-day event providing a forum for sharing ideas and gaining new insight and information in the agriculture industry. Highlights include in-depth panel discussions, local agricultural tour, Capitol Hill Day in Washington, DC, interactive networking events, and NCO members sharing their expertise. View the conference agenda below and register today to secure your spot at the 2017 NCOSAFP Annual Conference!

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The following is the preliminary agenda for the 2017 NCOSAFP Annual Conference. Check back often for updated information.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

7:00 pm

NCOSAFP Board Meeting

Monday, August 28, 2017

8:30 am

Continental Breakfast

9:00 - 9:30 am Opening Remarks

Welcome to the National Council of State Agricultural Finance Programs Annual Agricultural Finance Conference in Arlington, VA. This year’s conference will continue the important discussion of agricultural finance, food systems and ways that state and local finance agencies can support these industries. As a kickoff to this year’s conference, NCOSAFP leaders will provide welcome remarks and set the stage for the next few days.

Terri LaBrie
President, NCOSAFP
Finance Administrator, South Dakota Department of Agriculture

Katie Kramer
Vice President
Council of Development Finance Agencies

9:30 - 11:00 am

National Agriculture Finance Outlook
Agriculture remains a cornerstone of the U.S. economy and has been a prominent part of the ongoing economic development discussion in Washington, DC. With the federal administration transition taking place and the 2018 Farm Bill looming, the focus on rural America, farming and agricultural production is ramping up. During this session, key experts will discuss the national agriculture finance outlook with representatives from the federal government on hand to present their perspective.

Dr. Barbara Glenn
Chief Executive Officer
National Association of State Departments of Agriculture

Steve Apodaca
Vice President
Center for Agricultural and Rural Banking, American Bankers Association

Gary Matteson
Vice President
The Farm Credit Council

11:00 am

Networking Break

11:15 am - 12:00 pm Virginia Agribusiness Development

Agriculture is Virginia’s largest industry with an economic impact of $52 billion annually. The agriculture industry also provides nearly 311,000 jobs in the Commonwealth with both agriculture and forestry together have a total economic impact of $70 billion and provide nearly 415,000 jobs in the Commonwealth. Every job in agriculture and forestry supports 1.6 jobs elsewhere in Virginia’s economy. In addition, value-added industries employ more than 67,000 workers. When the employment and value-added impact of agriculture and forestry are considered together, they make up 8.1 percent of the state’s total gross domestic product. During this session, attendees will get an up-close look at Virginia’s agriculture economy.

Sandra J. Adams
Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

12:00 - 2:00 pm

Lunch - Business Succession: Opportunities and Challenges in the "Critical Middle" of our Local Food Systems

This workshop will be an interactive discussion from the participants of the status of food businesses in their states that are closely held and facing ownership transition challenges.  Small and important businesses that connect the dots in our food system are everywhere.  Often due to their age and ownership, many are at risk of failing to carry on to new ownership when the owners seek to retire.  We will explore both the warning indicators and the opportunities for new ownership in these critical assets in the critical middle of our food system.

Joseph Bute
Managing Partner
Hollymead Capital

2:30 - 5:30 pm NCOSAFP Capitol Hill Day

6:00 - 7:30 pm Evening Reception

Kick back and relax with fellow conference attendees and participants during a fun evening reception at the Vantage Point Restaurant located on the 17th floor of the Holiday Inn Rosslyn @ Key Bridge Hotel, which offers a stunning panoramic view of DC.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

8:00 - 9:00 am

Breakfast and NCOSAFP Membership Meeting

NCOSAFP Members are encouraged to attend this important meeting to learn more about the growth of the association, important legislative developments, and ongoing business of the membership.

9:00 - 10:30 am

Unlocking Food Systems Finance Capital

The Food System has become a growing challenge throughout the country. Connecting producers, aggregators, industry, entrepreneurs with purchasers, institutions and philanthropic efforts continues to be a major driver of economy, equity and environment. During this exciting session, experts in the food systems space will discuss changes to the way food is reaching consumers and addressing social issues.

Katie Kramer
Vice President
Council of Development Finance Agencies

Barry Ryan
North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center

10:30 am

Networking Break

10:45 am - 12:00 pm

Trends in Financing First Time Farmers

First time farming financing remains a core focus and driver for members of the National Council of State Agricultural Finance Programs (NCOSAFP). And, while first time farmer finance remains critical to agricultural growth, the resources for first time farmer financing continue to diminish. During this session, leaders in the NCOSAFP membership will discuss trends they are witnessing in their efforts to support first time farming.

Bill McCloskey
Deputy Executive Director
Governor's Office of Agricultural Policy

Gary Smith
President & CEO
Chester County Industrial Development Authority

Tammy Nebola
IADD Loan Program Specialist
Iowa Finance Authority

12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Ask an Expert Interactive Lunch

Debra Tropp from the USDA will introduce a new publication from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and USDA entitled Harvesting Opportunity: The Power of Regional Food Systems Investments to Transform Communities. This session will be comprised of a short presentation and an open session for questions and discussion.

Debra Tropp
Deputy Director
U.S. Department of Agriculture

1:15 pm

Networking Break

1:30 - 3:00 pm Farm to Institution Collaborations

A key driver of the local ag economy is the facilitation of collaborations between farmers and institutions such as colleges, hospitals and schools. Throughout the country, farm to institution movements are reinforcing these connections by building strong collaborations focused on economics, equity, efficiencies and the environment. These collaborations are driving local farming growth and improving the economic model for the local food access through agriculture. During this session, national leaders in the farm to institution movement will speak about the current trends and opportunities in this space.

Maximilian Merrill
Policy Director
National Farm to School Network

Kathryn Colasanti
Academic Specialist
Center for Regional Food Systems, Michigan State University

Beth Hopping
Food Insight Group

Linden Thayer
Food Insight Group

3:00 - 4:30 pm New State Agriculture Financing Programs

Innovation in agriculture financing is at the core of NCOSAFP member activities. Over the past year, several states have launched or reformed financing programs to address industry and borrower challenges. During the final session of the conference, attendees will get a first-hand look at new programs and solutions to ag financing capital gaps.

Stephen McHenry
Executive Director
Maryland Agricultural and Resource-Based Industry Development Corporation

Ryan Roles
Senior Loan Officer
Minnesota Rural Finance Authority

Andy Wood
Agricultural Loan Officer
Vermont Economic Development Authority

6:00 pm

Washington, DC Nighttime Adventures

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The 2017 NCOSAFP Annual Conference will take place at the Holiday Inn Rosslyn @ Key Bridge in Arlington, Virginia:

Holiday Inn Rosslyn @ Key Bridge
1900 N. Fort Myers Drive
Arlington, VA 22209
Phone: 703-807-2000

Hotel Reservation Information

A block of hotel rooms has been reserved for NCOSAFP Conference participants at the Holiday Inn Rosslyn @ Key Bridge in Arlington, VA. A discounted room rate of $114 per night is available as long as reservations are made by August 4, 2017. Mention the "NCOSAFP Annual Conference" when calling to make reservations.

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Arriving by Plane
Arlington is served by the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). Renting a car is not necessary to get from the airport to Arlington. Arlington is 3 miles away from the airport. Taxi fare is approximately $20 each way.

Arriving by Car
Complimentary self-park is available at the Holiday Inn Rosslyn @ Key Bridge.
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To register for the 2017 NCOSAFP Annual Conference, click on the Register button below. NCOSAFP members receive a discounted rate for participating in this event. Guests are also welcome to attend the networking events. To register a guest, select the Guest option on the registration page.

Conference Fees

NCOSAFP Member: $295
Non-Member: $365
Guest: $150

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