Join your professional colleagues (and bring the family) as the Farm Financial Standards Council shakes Midwest dust off its boots and heads west to Billings, Montana for its 2014 Annual Conference. The conference is open to anyone with an interest in the activities of the council. Members and non-members alike are welcome!
Tuesday, July 29 – Thursday, July 31, 2014
Hilton Garden Inn, Billings
2465 Grant Road
Billings, MT 59102
Tuesday July 29
1:00 p.m. – Technical Committee Meeting
2:30 p.m. – Marketing Committee Meeting
4:00 p.m. – Finance Committee Meeting
6:00 p.m – Registration opens
6:30 p.m. – Welcome to Montana Opening reception
Wednesday, July 30
7:00 a.m. – Breakfast at leisure
8:30 a.m. – Opening welcome and remarks – Barbara Wheeling/Jim Kelm
8:45 a.m. – Oil in the Bakken – What the Excitement is All About
Scott Rickard, Ph.D., Director, Center for Applied Economic Research, Montana State University Billings.
The Bakken Formation is the largest domestic oil discover since Alaska’s Prudhoe Bay estimated at 503 billion (yes, BILLION) barrels. It has dramatically changed the landscape, culture and economy of the area. It stretches from northern Montana, through North Dakota and into Canada. Scott will provide an overview of the scope of its impact.
9:45 a.m. – Refreshment break
10:00 a.m. — Succession Planning in the Agricultural Industry — Insights from a Certified Financial Planner
Lyle Hill, Certified Financial Planner, Waddell and Reed
Listen along as Lyle reviews some of the challenges facing the ‘retirement generation’ and the impacts farm transitions have on tax liabilities and financial reporting.
11:00 a.m. – FFSC Membership Program
Yes, the Council is considering opening itself for general membership. Be part of the discussion and help shape the Council’s future.
Noon — Luncheon
1:00 p.m. – What’s Available Online and How We Can Access It – an Interactive Presentation
Todd Doehring, Centrec Consulting, and Dale Nordquist, Center for Farm Financial Management lead discussion and interactive research into what IS available online.
3:00 p.m. – Refreshment Break
3:30 p.m. – An Overview of Section IV Revisions
Barb Wheeling, Ph.D., Dean, College of Business, Montana State University, Billings
5:30 p.m. – Depart for an evening at ZOO Montana for an evening of outdoor dining and quiet strolls through the 70-acre wildlife park located in Billings.
9:00 p.m. – Return to Hotel
Thursday, July 31
7:00 a.m. – Breakfast at Leisure
8:00 a.m. – Committee Reports
9:30 a.m. – Refreshment break
9:45 a.m. – Bylaws Committee Report
10:30 a.m. – Business Meeting
11:30 a.m. — Adjournment