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ABA, CBA to hold joint agriculture lender conference

WASHINGTON — The American Bankers Association (ABA) has partnered with the Canadian Bankers Association (CBA) to hold the North American Agricultural Lenders Conference Nov. 7-10 at the Hilton Omaha in Omaha, Neb.

For more than five decades, the ABA has held the national forum for agricultural lenders to provide rare access to industry experts, academics and peers willing to share proven strategies for success in the ever changing world of agricultural banking. ABA and CBA held their first joint conference 15 years ago in an effort to create an international dialogue between agricultural lenders. Today, a new generation of bankers has decided that dialogue is more important than ever in this current economic climate.

Included in the conference will be sessions about the 2011 growing season, the big economic picture featuring nationally recognized economists,and agricultural portfolio stress testing. Keynote speakers include: Thomas M. Hoenig, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City; Walter Robb, co-president and CEO of Whole Foods Market; James Bradley, author of the New York Times #1 bestselling book “Flags of our Fathers;” and, David Mr. Kohl, a professor emeritus of agricultural and applied economics at Virginia Tech.

More than 40 experts will provide the latest information regarding grain marketing opportunities, FSA guarantees, agriculture policy decisions and commodity outlooks for swine, dairy, cattle and grains.

Registration for the conference is $855 for ABA members. Special discounts are available for individuals who are from the same organization and register together. The fee for non-members is $1,225.

For additional information or to register for the conference, call 1-800-BANKERS or visit www.aba.com.

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