Sixth Annual Ag Summit Hosted by DTN/The Progressive Farmer Features Top Agriculture, Commodity and Production Industry Leaders

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Premier agriculture business conference brings together farmers and industry to discuss recovery from a difficult 2012, plans for 2013.

Ag Summit brings together industry leaders as well as DTN/The Progressive Farmer experts for thought-provoking discussions on opportunities and risks facing farm businesses today.

Telvent GIT, S.A., a leading real-time IT solutions and information provider for a sustainable world, announced today that its agriculture brand, DTN/The Progressive Farmer, is hosting the sixth annual DTN/The Progressive Farmer Ag Summit in Chicago, December 10-12. The theme of this year’s Summit is “Agriculture 2.0: Business Intelligence for Tomorrow’s Farms,” providing attendees with vital information on recovery from the 2012 drought as well as the drought’s long-term impact.

More than 700 farmers and agribusiness leaders from over two dozen states and three countries will attend Ag Summit to learn management skills and techniques to help guide their business through huge market swings, volatile weather patterns and massive feed supply chain demands. Farmers attending the event owned and operated an average of 4,329 acres, putting Ag Summit attendees in the top one percent of U.S. farmers.

Ag Summit brings together industry leaders as well as DTN/The Progressive Farmer experts for thought-provoking discussions on opportunities and risks facing farm businesses today. This year’s keynote speaker is Carl Casale, the president and chief executive officer of CHS Inc., a Fortune 100 company and the nation’s largest agriculture cooperative. Casale will share his insights on how global agriculture markets are rebooting after the drought of 2012.

Other speakers include Terry Barr, senior director, CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange Division, who will discuss the budget crisis both here and abroad; and Doug Stark, president, Farm Credit Services of America, who will share insights on the future of hot land markets. Also speaking is nationally recognized authority on agricultural taxation, Andy Biebl of CliftonLarsonAllen, discussing the upcoming agriculture “Taxmageddon.”

Attendees also will gain insight from DTN/The Progressive Farmer’s experts, including Darin Newsom, senior analyst, and Bryce Anderson, agriculture meteorologist. A panel on the future of crop insurance after the worst drought in 60 years features experts from the University of Illinois, Kansas State University and John Deere Insurance. Also, a pre-event estate planning and succession workshop from DTN’s team of farm business advisors will walk attendees through the process of dividing property upon an owner’s death.

According to Telvent's Chairman and CEO, Ignacio Gonzalez, “For six years, the Ag Summit has delivered valuable insights to the agriculture industry. This year’s distinguished speakers will provide attendees with valuable knowledge and insight to lead their businesses into 2013. As the leader in agriculture news and information, Telvent is committed to providing farmers with the best expert resources to answer the difficult questions facing their industry.”

The DTN/The Progressive Farmer Ag Summit draws agriculture industry professionals from across the country each December. For a complete agenda and list of speakers and topics at the 2012 Ag Summit, please visit http://www.dtnagsummit.com.

About Telvent

Telvent is a global IT solutions and business information services provider dedicated to helping improve efficiency, safety and security for the world’s leading companies. Telvent serves markets that are critical to the sustainability of the planet, including the energy, transportation, agricultural and environmental sectors. (http://www.telvent.com)

About Schneider Electric
As a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in Utilities & Infrastructures, Industries & Machine Manufacturers, Non-residential Buildings, Data Centres & Networks and in Residential. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, efficient, productive and green, the Group’s 130,000 plus employees achieved sales of 22.4 billion euros in 2011, through an active commitment to help individuals and organizations make the most of their energy.
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