Ag Outlook

Ag Outlook

Ag Outlook

The Ag Outlook event is held annually as an opportunity for farmers and agribusinesses to learn from experts. The four presentations below are focused on important, current matters that are affecting the industry, as well as how to address them for a successful year ahead.

Watch the 2021 Ag Outlook presentations here, on demand, and free of charge.


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Click on each speaker’s name to view their presentation below. The videos will be available here through Spring of 2021.

Davon Cook: The Value of Establishing Peer Relationships

Operating a successful business can be lonely, and continually improving and growing your enterprise is no easy task. In our first presentation, learn how to proactively build peer relationships that help you learn from and with each other within peer groups or other interactions.

Ben Isaacson and Troy Louwagie: Iowa Farmland Values Update

Iowa farmland values continue to increase in the midst of political challenges, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the derecho storm that swept across Iowa just a few months ago. Ben Isaacson and Troy Louwagie will discuss with Tim Smith, Commercial Lender at Hills Bank, what factors continue to support farmland values in this unprecedented environment.

Erin Herbold-Swalwell: Update on Agricultural Law

While farmers and other agribusinesses are dealing with the curveballs that 2020 threw, it’s important to also be aware of how agricultural law has changed with the times and how it’s impacting producers. Erin Herbold-Swalwell gives an update on this ever-changing subject.

Meaghan Anderson: Managing 2020 Crop Issues in 2021

2020 brought numerous challenges to crop production in Iowa including a pandemic, a drought, and a derecho. In our final presentation, Meaghan shares important tips for managing the challenges leftover from 2020 and plan for a successful 2021.

About Davon 

Davon Cook is a co-founder of Ag Progress and a Principal at Kcoe Isom. Davon helps agricultural businesses have tough conversations and make group decisions about succession, estate planning, resolving disputes, and improving their family business. Ag Progress facilitates 10 peer education groups covering a range of strategic and technical topics, so Davon understands the challenges producers are managing every day. Davon’s career has included managing her own family’s cotton gin in Texas, ConAgra Foods, McKinsey & Company, and consulting on agricultural development investment projects throughout Africa for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Davon’s education is in business and agricultural economics from Texas A&M University and the University of Illinois. She resides in northern Colorado with her husband and two children and works nationwide.

You can reach Davon at with questions.

About Ben

Ben is a part-owner of Agri-Management Services and works in all areas of the business. He has been employed with Agri-Management Services since 2013. He previously worked for two companies within the swine industry and has a B.S. and M.S. degrees from Iowa State University in Animal Science. This background provides a unique skill set in valuing, managing, and selling of both land and livestock facilities. In addition, he enjoys managing the employees of Agri-Management Services and focusing on the strategic direction of the company.

You can reach Ben at with questions.

About Troy

Troy joined the Mount Vernon office of Hertz Farm Management in November 1999. Troy is an active member of several organizations, including the Iowa and National Association of REALTORS®, and the Iowa and National REALTORS® Land Institute, where he served as the 2005-2006 State President. Troy currently serves as the RLI Iowa Chapter Treasurer. He is also a member of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers and the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City Boards of Realtors. In 2005, Troy earned the Accredited Land Consultant Designation from the Realtors Land Institute. Prior to joining Hertz, Troy served as an agricultural loan officer in Manchester, Iowa for nearly six years. Troy grew up on a livestock farm in northwest Iowa. His history of agricultural leadership includes the Iowa FFA degree and active participation in 4-H. He has served on numerous committees of St. John’s Catholic Church in Mount Vernon. Troy and his wife Tracey have four children.

You can reach Troy at with questions.

About Erin

Erin practices primarily in the areas of agricultural law, estate planning and business succession planning at Brick Gentry P.C. in West Des Moines, Iowa. Prior to joining the private practice of law, Erin was the Staff Attorney at the Iowa State University Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation where she assisted farmers and conducted research, writing, and public speaking in several areas of agricultural law. Erin has also served as chair of the Iowa State Bar Association’s Agricultural Law Section. Raised on a family farm near Mingo, Iowa, Erin continues to be involved with farming and agriculture. Erin enjoys giving back to the community and spending time with her family.

You can reach Erin at with questions.

About Meaghan

Meaghan Anderson is an extension field agronomist for Iowa State University, serving clients in a 9 county area in central Iowa. She provides research-based educational programming regarding crop production and management to farmers, agriculture retailers, and others involved in agriculture. Prior to working as a field agronomist for Iowa State University, she obtained a B.S. in Agronomy and an M.S. in Crop Production & Physiology with a focus in weed science from Iowa State University.

You can reach Meaghan at, 319-331-0058 or on Twitter (@mjanders1) with questions.

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