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Groundbreakers Conference

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February 7-8, 2020
Grand Geneva Resort
Lake Geneva, WI
(registration required by January 10)


February 21-22, 2020
Mystic Lake Center & Hotel
Prior Lake, MN
(Registration required by January 24)


Expand your knowledge, network (and have some fun) with other young and beginning farmers at GroundBreakers 2020, presented by Compeer Financial®. Vance Crowe and Andy Core are joining us as keynote presenters, and you’ll have the opportunity to choose from a myriad of breakout session topics to fit your interests. Plus, new this year, you’ll learn how to calculate your cost of production to “Escape the ‘90s” in our themed escape room.

Space is limited-- Register Today!

DAY 1 | FRIDAY (February 7 or 21)

12:00–2:00 p.m. Registration & Escape Room
2:00 p.m. Welcome
2:15–3:15 p.m. Keynote presentation by VANCE CROWE*
Surfing the Edge of Chaos: How to Be Ready for What’s Coming Next
3:30–4:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions
4:40–5:40 p.m. Breakout Sessions
6:00–7:00 p.m. Reception
7:00–9:30 p.m. Dinner & Entertainment

DAY 2 | SATURDAY (February 8 or 22)

7:00-8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30-9:30 a.m. Breakout Sessions
9:45-11:15 a.m. Keynote Presentation by ANDY CORE*
Change Your Day, Not Your Life: Tools to Thrive in a Stressful Ag World
11:15-11:30 a.m. Closing Remarks

Breakout Session Topics

  • Financial statements for YBS farmers
  • Telling your farm's story
  • Communication and farm relationships
  • Marketing and risk management
  • Labor and new technology
  • Transition planning
  • Cybersecurity
  • Legislative affairs and trade
  • Operating agreements
  • Industry disruptors
  • Recordkeeping basics
  • Thriving in your rural community

*Speaker bios and additional details can be found on the registration website.

Compeer Financial clients: This conference is offered at no charge to you, thanks to a generous grant from the Compeer Financial Fund for Rural America®. Learn more at

The registration fee for non-clients is $100/person including meals/lodging or $50/person without lodging.