John McGillicuddy is an independent Agronomist based in Iowa City, Iowa. In addition, John contracts with Wyffels Hybrids, Peterson Farms Seeds, and other independent seed companies, providing technical support to their sales staffs. John was previously under contract to American Agrisurance (AmAg), then the largest crop insurance company in the US. His duties for AmAg included evaluating agronomic techniques to reduce risk in cropping systems and serving as a technical advisor for AmAg’s agronomic, GPS and mapping services division. John also serves farmer clients directly in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Kentucky and Tennessee, and is a Certified Crop Advisor in Iowa.

John was educated in Chemistry at the University of Iowa and has been employed for 35 years in hybrid and fertility research, field agronomy, technical support, and weed science in the upper Midwest and the Southwest. He has served as a regional development agronomist for 2 seed companies and was the Director of Agronomic Research for IGF Crop Insurance. John has contracted with companies and organizations including American Cyanamid, Bayer Crop Science, NC+ Hybrids, Wyffels Seed, Monsanto, Wilbur Ellis, Boeing Aerospace, The Independent Professional Seedsman Association, USDA/NRCS and the NASA Satellite Remote Sensing Center.

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Thursday, JanuaRY 19, 2023

Acclaimed global futurist, speaker, and best-selling author, Jack Uldrich is frequently asked, “What will the future look like?” His response is, “Predictably unpredictable.”

So how can you prepare for the unpredictable? The answer will surprise you. The key is embracing paradox: learning to unlearn, thinking about the unthinkable, recognizing failure as a key component of success, and understanding that an awareness of one’s ignorance is a key component of true wisdom.

Jack Uldrich paints vivid pictures of what the world may look like in just a few short years. He provides an in-depth exploration of how the “Internet of Things,” ‘Big Data,” social media, robotics, biotechnology, nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, renewable energy and “collaborative consumption” will change everyday life for all of us in the very near future. And he follows through with upbeat, practical and actionable insights on future trends, emerging technologies, innovation, change management and leadership..

AGENDA (all times are central) 

                  John McGillicuddy 
8:30 a.m. Registration and Trade Show Open
9:30 a.m. Marketing Session/Panel Discussion 
                  Chris Swift and Bill Biedermann, moderated by
                   UK Economist Dr. Jordan Shockley
11:00 am   Lunch/Keynote
                  Jack Uldrich 
1:00 p.m. Kentucky Soybean Association Annual Meeting
2:00 p.m. Kentucky Corn Growers Annual Meeting
3:00 p.m. Kentucky Small Grain Growers Annual Meeting
3:45 p.m. Ag Commissioner Candidate Forum 
6:00 p.m. Grower Appreciation Reception 
6:30 p.m. Awards Banquet

Marketing Session

Chris                    Bill         
Swift                     Biedermann                       

Early Riser Session 

John McGillicuddy

Chris Swift is a Nashville native, and attended Austin Peay and Middle Tennessee State Universities. Mr. Swift spent several years in the lending industry before he became fascinated with the facilitation of trade in commodities.  In 1991, Mr. Swift went to work as a retail commodity broker with J.C. Bradford & Co. until 2000, when the company sold, and a portion of the brokers went to Rosenthal Collins Group.  For fourteen years, Mr. Swift wore multiple hats in the Nashville branch office.  As of the end of 2014, Mr. Swift changed his affiliation from Branch Manager to form Swift Trading Company, a GIB currently clearing through ADMIS.  Today, Mr. Swift focuses on helping guide his clients through the rigors of inherent price risk associated with livestock production.  He authors two daily commentaries in addition to offering brokerage services.

Bill Biedermann is a co-founder of He is a well-known speaker, presenter and advisor on commodities. In addition to trading commodities for 40 years of which 5 were in Chicago, he has testified before Congressional hearings, CFTC hearings, served for the US State Department AID, and has been invited to speak in nearly every corn growing state in the US and Canada. Bill provides Agricultural research to traders, food companies and producers worldwide as well as executing futures and option orders on all major exchanges.

Moderator Dr. Jordan Shockley is an Associate Extension Professor and Farm Management Specialist within the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of Kentucky.


Lunch Keynote

Jack Uldrich



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