YBS Conference - October 20, 2022

Farm Credit understands the unique needs of young, beginning and small farmers.

Join us for a free one day conference filled with keynote speakers that are relatable, knowledgeable and challenge the status quo.

 

Thursday, October 20, 2022

Cape Fear Winery

195 Vineyard Dr, Elizabethtown NC 28337

Meet The Speakers

Meet Rob Sharkey Meet Michelle Miller

Rob Sharkey, known as The Shark Farmer, is not your average Illinois grain farmer. He’s a disruptor who is unwavering in his ability to directly address controversial topics.

Rob tackles life, alongside his high school sweetheart, Emily, knowing four smaller sharks in their school will be impacted by their choices. 

With the hog crash of ‘98 in the rearview mirror, a turn-key outfitting business thriving, and a handful of acres demanding more time than is warranted, the only logical step was to launch a necessary - yet stupendously groundbreaking - podcast.

His provocative style parallels a story-based structure, which resonates with thousands of weekly, global listeners. Juxtapose his rough-around-the-edges persona with an unmatched ability to listen and relate to those spanning generations, time zones, and the rural/urban divide, and you’ve found the formula for an under-the-radar and out-of-the-box communicator.

And, he’s just getting started.

As a What the Farm Podcast co-host and co-founder of the Farm and Rural Ag Network, Rob is changing new media.

This year, Rob is elevating his no-nonsense antics from the field to the SiriusXM waves as he joins Rural Radio. This is either their strongest move to-date, or their biggest mistake. Tune into channel 147 to be part of the frenzy.

Michelle Miller, Farm Babe

Big city globetrotter turned farm girl

Getting back to my farming “roots.”

Hi, I'm Michelle! I grew up involved in 4-H, horse riding, and doing chores on my friends’ grandparents farms in Wisconsin, but when my high school aptitude tests told me to go into farming, I headed west for college and a career in fashion. 

After working for Gucci On Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills and spending a number of years in downtown Chicago, I bought into organic, grass-fed, “Monsanto is the devil” food idealism.

After finishing my goal of traveling the world and visiting all seven continents by age 30, (67 countries) I became fascinated with culture and learning where our food comes from. I ended up living with and dating a commercial scale farmer in Iowa for nearly eight years and it was there where my social media advocacy platform "The Farm Babe" was born in 2014. After learning the real truths of modern agriculture firsthand, I began debunking the myths I once believed in as a former city girl.

Farmers, ranchers, and the story of our food origins have an amazing, uplifting story to tell and my mission is to give them a bigger voice in the food space. Consumers today are bombarded with misinformation, misleading marketing tactics, food labels, and activist agendas. So I work to bring real, unbiased education and facts from real farmers and leading industry experts.

Today, I reside on 17 acres of farmland near Gainesville, Florida where I'm connected to leading agricultural professionals and continue to learn science and food security and advocate for all around the world. I'm happier than I've ever been to get back to my "roots" of being involved with animals and farming and have gone from being skeptical about food to sharing my passion of modern agriculture! I've literally gone from Rodeo to the Rodeo, and wouldn't have it any other way.

AGENDA

 

8:00am  |   Registration & Breakfast Buffet

8:30am  |  Welcome

8:40am – 9:15am  |  “Sharks Don’t Swim Backwards” by Rob Sharkey

9:30am – 12:15pm  |  Breakout Sessions

12:30pm  |  Lunch

1:00pm  |  “Bridging the Gap between Farmers and Consumers” By Michelle Miller, Farm Babe

1:45pm  |  Wrap up & Closing

2:00pm  |  Optional farm tour

Breakout Session Options
Breakout Session 1  |  9:30am - 10:15am

Option 1: “The Art of Listening- an interactive breakout session with the SharkFarmer”

Option 2: “Mrs SharkFarmer-bringing value to your farm”

Option 3: "Farm School on Wheels - Financial Planning for Your Business"
Learn how to understand your business finances so that you can make smart and strategic decisions that will make you profitable. You will explore all areas of business finance so that you are confident in your decision making as you move your business into a profitable venture

Breakout Session 2  |  10:30am - 11:15am

Option 1: “The Art of Listening- an interactive breakout session with the SharkFarmer”

Option 2:  "Farm School on Wheels - Site Analysis & Exploring Your Potential"
Explore how you can learn your farms potential through analysis of all land and equipment so you can explore and move your business to its full potential. You will learn to think strategically in making decisions that will enhance your capacity.

Option 3: “Unboxing the Future - Getting beyond the labels” Michelle Miller

Breakout Session 3  |  11:30am - 12:15pm

Option 1: "Farm School on Wheels - Financial Planning for Your Business"
Learn how to understand your business finances so that you can make smart and strategic decisions that will make you profitable. You will explore all areas of business finance so that you are confident in your decision making as you move your business into a profitable venture

Option 2: “Mrs SharkFarmer-bringing value to your farm”

Option 3: “Unboxing the Future - Getting beyond the labels” Michelle Miller

*Farm School on Wheels

We understand. The business of farming is intimidating. You love working on your farm but the financial and business side can overwhelm without support or plan in place. At Farm School on Wheels, you join a community of like-minded farmers where we help you cultivate a self-designed action plan to build your farm, and engage with resource partners who will walk with you from day one. We are your trusted advocate in the agricultural business.


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RSVP by October 7, 2022

Limited Seating
For additional questions,
contact Janna Bass at jbass@capefearfc.com