We're excited to announce the line up for the 2018 Ag Summit. We're changing a few things in 2018. It starts with the name. What was our Ag Client Seminar is changing locations. By moving this event to the Ross Ade Pavilion & Event Center, we hope that more of our clients and contacts within the ag industry will be able to join us. We're happy to announce this year's line up of speakers.
Bruce speaks throughout the United States and the world, testifies on resource issues before Congress and has appeared on several news programs such as “60 Minutes”. He recently co-wrote a book named 'Against the Odds: A Path Forward for Rural America'. It is a powerful firsthand account of life in rural America that offers a broad, probing look at the environmental tensions surrounding the collapse of many of our rural resource communities.
Jessica is a writer and researcher with a focus on communication around natural resources. Her books include How to Feed the World (2018), Against the Odds: A Path Forward for Rural America (2017) and The Communication Scarcity in Agriculture (2017). Jessica is a former award-winning communications professional, and has served as director of communications for the Department of Agricultural Economics in Purdue’s College of Agriculture, where she won accolades on her initiative The Science of GMOs.
Dr. Freddie Barnard
Professor Barnard has had extensive experience in agricultural lending. Professor Barnard’s responsibilities include serving as director of the Midwest Agricultural Banking School. In addition, he is the coordinator for the Indiana Bankers’ Agricultural Clinic. He also serves as the Secretary/Treasurer for the Indiana Chapter of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers.
Brian was a key member of the Boilermaker men's basketball team from 1996 to 2000, earning team Most Valuable Player honors as a senior. The consummate image of a Gene Keady-coached player, Brian was a four-time recipient of the Ray Eddy "Mr. Hustle" Award, given annually to the Boilermaker who displays the greatest amount of determination, drive and leadership. He set the school record with 259 career steals to go with 1,584 points and 749 rebounds. He earned his bachelor's degree in management.
Following his playing days at Purdue, Brian enjoyed a 12-year career in the NBA with the Detroit Pistons, Washington Wizards, Golden State Warriors, Memphis Grizzlies, Minnesota Timberwolves and Dallas Mavericks. He was a member of the 2011 NBA champion Mavericks. The basketball practice court in the Mackey Arena Complex is named for Brian and his wife, Danielle (Bird), a member of the Purdue 1999 national championship women's basketball team.
A four-year letter winner at Purdue from 1993 to 1996, Foster was an instant spark off the bench with his hustle and hard-nosed play. A four-time winner of the team's Ray Eddy "Mr. Hustle" Award, Foster was a key member of the Boilermakers' three consecutive Big Ten title teams in 1994, 1995, and 1996. A native of Washington, IL, Foster resides in West Lafayette with his wife, Jessica and currently serves as the Associate Director of Academic Support Services at Purdue.
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