33rd Annual  Conference

'Strategic Planning for the Farm Business'
Wooster, OH · June  12-16, 2005

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About Our Speakers


Children & Youth
Conference Agenda
Exchange of Ideas
First Timers' Scholarship
Order a Conference CD
Sponsor Contact Information

Spouse & Family Schedule

Wayne County Links

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Thank You to Our Generous 2005 Conference Sponsors!

Please take a moment to personally thank the many sponsors that support our organization and conferences:

Accord Financial Group Inc.
19 N. Pearl Street, Ste. 2
Covington, OH 45318
Farm Credit Services
Louisville, KY 40213
Liberty Mills, Inc.
14 Raymond AV
PO Box 49
Shelby, OH 44875
Town & Country Co-op
Ashland, OH 44805
Ag Credit Fostoria
1195 Professional Dr.
VanWert, OH 45891
Farm Progress
191 S. Gary AV
Carol Stream, IL 60188
National City Bank
Tom Stockdale
112 W. Liberty Street
PO Box 757
Wooster, OH 44691
University of Minnesota
645 West Bank Office Bldg.
1300 S. 2nd Street
Minneapolis, MN 55454
John Moneysmith
6822 Downs Street
Worthington, OH 43085
Farm Works Software
Brian Stark
PO Box 250
Hamilton, IN 46742
National Crop Insurance Services
Laurence Crane
8900 Indian Creek Parkway
Overland Park, KS  66210
Wells Fargo- Van Wert
115 Hospital Dr.
Van Wert, OH 45891
American Farm Mortgage Co. Inc.
Pat Hamilton
200 High Rise Drive, Ste. 100
Louisville, KY 40213
Finton Equipment, LLC
Kevin L. Finton
PO Box 297
Conshocton, OH 43812
Red Wing Software, Inc.
491 Highway 19
Red Wing, MN 55066
American Small Farm
267 Broad Street
Westerville, OH 43081
Gerber & Sons, Inc.
PO Box 248
Baltic, OH 43804
Specialized Data Systems, Inc.
PO Box 346
Parsons, KS 67357

Business & Estates Planning Svcs. Unlimited
Ron Eberhard
PO Box 458
Grove City, OH 43123
Huntington National Bank
Charlene Rankin
123 Main Street
Sugarcreek, OH 44681
TMK Farm Service
Thad Gerber
PO Box 189
Berlin, OH 44610


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Conference Agenda

Sunday, June 12, 2005

12:00-4:00   Board Meeting
3:00-6:00   Registration
4:00-5:00   Past Presidents' Meeting
6:00   Picnic/Mixer at the Houser Pavilion, Freedlander Park, Wooster
Host: Luke Baker, Four County JVS

Frisbee Disc Golf Tournament
Host: Cathy Platfoot, Upper Valley JVS


Monday, June 13

7:00   Breakfast
Breakfast Host: Ron Schumm, Vantage Career Center
    Program at the Arden Shisler Center, Conference Room 130 B & C
Morning Hosts: Bruce Stauffer & Ann Gano, Buckeye Career Center
8:30   Welcome
Introduction of Sponsors and Vendors
Overview of Ohio Agriculture
  Ann Obrecht, Wayne County Commissioner
  Kevin Elder, Ohio Department of Agriculture
9:45   Break
10:00   NFRBMEA Business Meeting
  Ron Dvergsten, President NFRBMEA
Roll Call of States
  Charles Duell, Secretary NFRBMEA
Distinguished Service Awards
12:00   Lunch
  Luncheon Speaker: Paul Miller, Behalt
1:00-5:00   Program at the Arden Shisler Center
Concurrent Sessions:    program details/program session ranking sheet (.PDF fill-in form)
      Legal/Economic Issues
Host: Ron Schumm
Production Agriculture
Host: Tom Ackerman
Vendors' Room
Host: Paul Ewing
Host: Jim Ketchum


      Conference Room B & C
Room 130
Buehler Room
Room 122
Smucker Room
Room 116
Frick Room
Room 110
Outside Front Doors
Purchase of Development Rights

Amy Miller

Corn & Soybean

Brian Schrader
Pioneer Hybrids
Farm Works:
New Features on the "Mate" series

Jon Bickel

Hitting the High Quality Beef Target

Mark McCully
Certified Angus Beef

Wagon Tours
 OARDC Facilities

Avoiding Litigation

Leisa Boley-Hellwarth


Laura Tiu
The Agricultural Business System

Bruce Stauffer
The Story of Gerber's Poultry

Mike Gerber

Wagon Tours
 OARDC Facilities

    3:00 Visit Vendors Visit Vendors Visit Vendors Visit Vendors

Visit Vendors

    4:00 National Crop Insurance

Meat Goats

Tony Nye
Red Wing Software

Barb Kelm

International Grain Marketing

Mark Ricketts
Richland Grain

Spouse Tour
 Rose Garden
& Arboretum

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Tuesday, June 14

7:00   Breakfast, sponsored by FinPack, Center for Farm Financial Management
Host: Ron Schumm, Vantage Career Center
First Timers' Breakfast
  Tim Holtquist, President Elect NFRBMEA
    Program at the Arden Shisler Center, Conference Room 130 B & C
Morning host: Tom Weygandt, Buckeye Career Center
All Day   Vendor Displays
8:00-1:00   Image of GrapesSmucker's Taste Panel
Participate in a grape jelly taste panel for the J. M. Smucker Company. A few minutes of your time plus your opinion helps to earn funds for your conference and gains you a gift from Smucker's. Located outside the conference room doors.
8:30   Protecting Agriculture: America's Most Frequent Target for Terrorists
Dr. Luther Tweeten, The Ohio State University
9:45   Break
10:00   We'll be joined for the rest of the morning by Ohio Vo-Ag teachers who are attending their annual summer conference next door.
10:10   U.S. Agriculture, Global Economy: Changes and Opportunities. What Does This Mean for Decision Makers?
Dr. Mike Boehlje, Purdue University
11:55   Introduction of Sponsors and Vendors
12:00   Lunch
Afternoon Host: Andy Stevens, Delaware Area Career Center
1:00   Strategic Positioning for Commercial Producers to Respond to a Changing Business Climate
Dr. Mike Boehlje, Purdue University
2:45   Break
3:00   Change- Let's Make a Friend of It!
Ron Eberhard
4:15   Adjourn-- Evening on your own

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Wednesday, June 15

7:00   Breakfast
8:30   Exchange of Ideas, sponsored by National Crop Insurance Services
  Tim Holtquist, President Elect NFRBMEA
9:45   Leave for Tours
  Tour Hosts: Tom and Elaine Weygandt
  Dinner Host: Warren Reed, Vantage Career Center
    Tour 1

Tour 2: "President Dvergsten Special"

    10:00   Lehman's Hardware 10:30   Pro Football Hall of Fame
    11:30   Depart Lehman's     Lunch on your own
    11:45   Lunch at Memory Park      
    12:30   Scenic Drive- Amish area 1:30   Depart Hall of Fame
    1:00   Andreas Farms, Inc. 2:15   P. Graham Dunn
    2:30   Echo Valley Farm 3:30   Lehman's Hardware
    3:45   Bill Young Farm 5:00   Depart Lehman's
    5:30   Dinner at Amish Door 5:30   Dinner at Amish Door
    7:00   Return to Hotel 7:00   Return to Hotel

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Thursday, June 16

7:00   Breakfast
Breakfast Host: Luke Baker, Four County JVS
8:30   Storytelling
  Pat Harrington, Chandler, AZ
9:15   Final NFRBMEA Business Meeting
  Ron Dvergsten, President NFRBMEA

Awards / Recognition / Door Prizes
11:30   Adjourn-- Have a safe journey home!
12:00   Post-Conference Board Meeting
  Tim Holtquist, President NFRBMEA

 Printable Conference Agenda

Image of Yellow Conference CD If you would like a copy of this year's conference CD, you may order one by sending a check for $3.00 (US funds) to:

NFRBMEA Conference CD
6540 65th Street NE
Rochester, MN 55906-1911

Please make checks payable to "NFRBMEA, Inc."

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Spouse & Family Schedule 

Sunday, June 12


  Picnic/Frisbee Golf at the Houser Pavilion, Freedlander Park, Wooster. A map to the park is located at the registration table.



Monday, June 13

7:00   Breakfast
8:30   Welcome & Announcements -The Hilton Garden meeting room
8:45   “Who Are the Amish?”  Presented by Paul Miller, director of The Amish & Mennonite Heritage Center.  Wayne & Holmes counties are at the center of the world’s largest Amish community.
10:00   Board bus – Tour Wooster Area
10:15   Guided walking tour of the Wayne County Historical Society Campus, founded in 1904.  This complex of six period furnished buildings & grounds includes a 1826 brick home, 1873 schoolhouse, 1880 county store & ladies' dress shop, firehouse & log house furnished ca. 1860.  Another building houses the history of transportation including carriages, fire engines & a working model railroad.  Other displays include early agricultural implements, blacksmith and woodworking tools, antique lamps & a large collection of birds & mammals. 

Luncheon at The Olde Jaol Restaurant  Dine in an historic cell.  Claiming to be the finest sheriff facility of its kind, the Olde Jaol facility was built in 1865.   In 1977 the jail closed & in 1980 was registered as an historic landmark.  The Olde Jaol Restaurant opened in 1995.

1:30   Quailcrest Farm  One of the best known & respected herb farms in Ohio & surrounding states.  Walk a self-guided tour of 25 display gardens.  Quailcrest farm has an extensive variety of herbs, perennials, old roses, flowering shrubs, scented geraniums and more under a 12,000 sq. ft. greenhouse solarium.  Watch a demonstration making a miniature garden tray.  A restored barn has many unique garden & home gifts.
3:30   Hartzler’s Ice Cream Shop  Old-fashioned premium ice cream & frozen custards (over 25 flavors) & cream-top milk in glass bottles all produced on premises.  Choose a cone, sundae or parfait snack.  Ice cream snacks are not included in registration fee.
4:15   Garden of Roses of Legend & Romance & Secrest Arboretum, located on the campus of The Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center.  Take a narrated wagon ride around 115-acre arboretum viewing more than 2,000 species & varieties of ornamental plants & trees, stopping to see & smell some of the 500 varieties of roses.
5:00   Arrive back at hotel

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Tuesday, June 14

7:00   Breakfast
8:05   Board bus for the Arden Shisler Center
8:15   Image of GrapesSmucker's Taste Panel Participate in a grape jelly taste panel for the J. M. Smucker Company. The corporate offices & factory are located in Orrville, right here in Wayne County. A few minutes of your time plus your opinion helps earn funds for the conference and gets you a gift from Smucker's. Located outside the conference room doors.
9:00   Board bus for a scenic tour & a day of shopping and exploring in beautiful Holmes County.
9:30   Homestead Furniture  Amish family-owned & handcrafted, hardwood custom-designed furniture showroom.
10:30   Mt. Hope Farmer's Auction Held every Tuesday, each week has a different variety of produce, animals, crops, baked goods & flea markets.
11:10   Wendell August Forge  The nation's oldest and largest forge in operation.  Watch skilled craftsman create one-of-a-kind metal giftware.
Lunch will be on your own 
12:00   Walnut Creek Cheese Village of Shops:
  • Mudd Valley Creamery Café – Sandwiches, salads, ice cream; a good place to eat lunch.
  • Cheese Shop, Bulk Foods – A variety of locally made cheeses, smoked & deli meats, & a large selection of bulk foods.
  • Copper Kettle Cannery – Viewing gallery for watching jams, jellies, mustards, granola cereals & mustards being made.
  • Butter Churn Kitchenwares – Housewares & nostalgic mercantile items.
1:30   Village of Berlin  Take a map & explore the many shops: quilts, woodworking, prints, rugs, linens, candles, craft supplies, antiques, plus much more.  Has places to eat a lunch or snack.
4:30   Board bus to return to hotel at 5:00.

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Wednesday, June 15

7:00   Breakfast

Board buses for day of tours.  All conference attendees are invited on the Wednesday tours.  See main conference agenda.


Thursday, June 16

7:00   Breakfast
8:30   Storytelling
9:45   Car pool – destination to be announced. Please talk with Elaine Weygandt before Thursday if you are interested in going somewhere.

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Children & Youth

We would like children & youth to participate in the activities for Monday & Wednesday.  If there is enough interest for a separate activity Tuesday, here is what we have planned.  Please indicate interest on registration form. 

Tuesday, June 14 

9:30 A day of fun at Geauga Lake & Wildwater Kingdom.  An amusement park with over 50 rides including roller coasters, a 20 acre water park, children’s area & live shows.  More information at  Admission includes all attractions.
        $24.95 – age 3 & older, 48 inches or taller in shoes
        $14.95 – age 3 & older, under 48 inches tall in shoes
Cancelled         Age 2 & under – free

Admission & transportation not included on registration form.  Transportation will be arranged after we know how many are going.  Children 12 & under must be accompanied by an adult.


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About Our Speakers

Dr. Luther Tweeten, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, The Ohio State University
Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics
Dr. Tweeten was Ohio State's first Andersons Chair in Agricultural Marketing, Trade, and Policy. He retired in 2000 but remains active in research and outreach activities within the discipline. Primary research interests are agricultural policy and international trade. Other research interests include macroeconomic policy, resource economic policy, international development, and human resource development. Recent studies include regionalization in trade; strategic trade theory; farmland preservation; the changing structure of agriculture; farm policy after commodity programs; optimal soil conservation; the economics of carbon sequestration; and the impact of the demographic transition on agricultural trade. He speaks nationally on topics related to agricultural trade, agricultural policy, macroeconomic policy, agricultural outlook, and rural development.

Dr. Michael Boehlje, Ph.D.
Professor, Purdue University, Agricultural Economics
Dr. Boehlje conducts research and teaches in the area of farm and agribusiness management and finance. His research interests include alternative systems of coordination of the food and industrial product chain, the industrialization of agriculture and alternative financial and organizational structures for farm and agribusiness firms.

Recent publications include: Boehlje, Michael. “Business Challenges in Commercialization of Agricultural Technology.” International Food and Agribusiness Management Review, 7(1):91-104, 2004. Akridge, Jay, Corinne Alexander, Michael Boehlje, David Downey, Andrew Falwell, Daniel Foley, Allan Gray, Linda Whipker, Christine Wilson. “Serving Commercial Producers: Meeting Needs, Adding Value.” Department of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University Staff paper 04-04, March 2004. Dobbins, Craig, Allan Gray, Alan Miller, Michael Boehlje, and Cole Ehmke. “Strategic Planning: Scanning the Horizon.” Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service, EC-716, May 2004. Boehlje, Michael. “The Competitive Environment: New Realities.” Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service, EC-717, May 2004. Gray, Allan W., Michael D. Boehlje, Brent A. Gloy, and Stephen P. Slinsky. “How U.S. Farm Programs and Crop Revenue Insurance Affect Returns to Farm Land.” Review of Agricultural Economics 26(2):238-253, 2004. Boehlje, Michael. A. “Structural Changes in the Agricultural Industries: How Do We Measure, Analyze and Understand Them?” American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 81(5):1028-1041, August 1999.

Professor Boehlje teaches a graduate/undergraduate course in agricultural finance and a graduate course in economics for managers in the EMBA program. He also teaches in the executive development programs of the Center for Food and Agricultural Business, as well as in schools and extension programs for farmers and lenders on finance and management topics. He is a Fellow of the American Agricultural Economics Association and of the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association.


Ron Eberhard
Eberhard Planning Services Unlimited
Ron is a motivational speaker with years of experience with agricultural producers. Ron produces Dreamweaving magazine,, containing a variety of wisdom and thoughts.

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Exchange of Ideas  

One hundred dollars ($100) will be awarded to the first five (5) individuals submitting an outstanding idea for the Exchange of Ideas activity by May 6, 2005 May 20, 2005.  Complete the application form, including a brief description of your idea, and send to President Elect Tim Holtquist.

2005 Exhchange of Ideas participants

2005 Exchange of Ideas Participants: Ron Schumm (OH), Gary Thome (MN),
Ron VanNurden (MN), John Woodford (MN), and Wayne Pike (MN). Their
submissions will be appearing in the Resource Library soon.

First Timers' Scholarships

The NFRBMEA awarded $200 scholarships (covered 2005 Annual Conference Registration Fee) to five (5) individuals attending our Annual Conference for the first time. This year's First Timers' were Christopher Luchs (Colorado), Jon Christensen (Minnesota), Jeff Schwanke (Missouri), & Jim Ketchum and Glenn Graham (Ohio).  


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A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hilton Garden Inn – Wooster. The Hilton will serve as the Conference headquarters. All breakfasts will be at the Hilton, and bus tours will leave from the Hilton.  

The room rate for the NFRBMEA Conference block of rooms is $99 per night plus tax, and will be held until May 6, 2005. Reservations can be made directly to the Hilton Garden Inn – Wooster by calling the hotel directly at 330-202-7701 or calling the Hilton reservation line at 1-877-STAY-HGI.  Reservations can also be made online at  

There is a Hampton Inn approximately 10 minutes away from the Hilton Garden Inn.  A block of rooms has been reserved. Cost is $89 per night. The Hampton Inn is located at 4253 Burbank Rd, Wooster, 44691. Phone (330) 345-4424.

 For area camping information contact Tom Weygandt at

 The Monday and Tuesday Conference programs will be held in the Arden Shisler Center for Education & Economic Development on the campus of The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute, located a short drive or a nice walk from the Conference headquarters.

Accommodations, Printable .PDF Copy

List of Hilton Garden Inn Amenities


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Wayne County Links Wayne County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Wooster, Ohio
  • Information about Wooster and Wayne county area
  • Printable Coupons Arden Shisler Center website

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