This conference is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. USDA funding is provided for the scientific/education portion of the program.



2017 Extension Risk Management Education National Conference
- Cincinnati, OH

April 27-28, 2017

Cincinnati, OH

The 2017 Extension Risk Management Education National Conference will take place at the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati.

Hyatt Regency Cincinnati

This annual conference features 3 keynote presentations, over 30 concurrent session presentations, a networking reception which includes a poster session, and an optional pre-conference seminar to be held on the afternoon of April 26.

The Extension Risk Management Education National Conference brings together public and private sector educators, crop insurance agents, lenders, and other agricultural professionals. Our annual conference allows this diverse group to share ongoing and emerging successful risk management education efforts which target agricultural producers and their families.

 Conference participants learn about what is working to help producers effectively manage the following types of risks associated with their agribusinesses:

  • Production
  • Marketing
  • Financial
  • Legal
  • Human Risk

Keynote Speakers

Mary Shelman

Mary Shelman

With over 30 years experience in business and academia, Mary L. Shelman is an internationally recognized thought leader in the global food and agribusiness sector. Today, she brings her strategic insights and extensive global network to help organizations from entrepreneurial startups to global entities successfully navigate the increasingly complex issues facing industry leaders. Mary works with firms as a board member and advisor to provide leadership workshops, strategic and investment advice, and CEO coaching. She is a popular keynote speaker at conferences and has taught and presented in 17 countries. Mary is the former Director of the Agribusiness Program at Harvard Business School which includes the renowned Harvard Agribusiness Seminar. During her 11 years at Harvard, she wrote dozens of case studies on industry-leading companies including Alltech, Climate Corporation, Fonterra, Hain Celestial, Monsanto, Nestlé, Olam, Syngenta, Taylor Farms, Yum China, and Zespri. Mary’s work has been published in Harvard Business Review, International Food and Agribusiness Management Review, and Market Leader, and includes an invited White Paper for the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. Prior to Harvard, Mary was Chairman of the Board and led special projects for RiceTec, now the leading U.S. rice seed company. She has also served on many corporate and association boards including Cooksimple, Fractal Antenna Systems, Stiftung Furst Lichtenstein, U.S. Rice Millers Association, and the International Food and Management Association (IFAMA) where she is a past president. As an advisor to the Irish government, she co-authored the Pathways for Growth report which led to the creation of the world’s first country brand based on sustainability and has also completed a plan to maximize the value of the Irish seafood sector. She recently joined the advisory boards of Crop Enhancement Inc. and Village Capital, where she is also facilitating the 2016 Agriculture Program. A native of Kentucky where she still owns a farm, Mary holds a BS in Chemical Engineering with High Distinction from the University of Kentucky and an MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School.

Emily Schmidt

Emily Schmidt

Emily works for Farmer Veteran Coalition as the Veteran Outreach Coordinator in Davis, California where she assists veterans peruse successful careers in agriculture.  She recently earned a B.S. in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems from University of California, Davis where she worked as a member of the UC Davis Senior Capstone class and Farmer Veteran Coalition to evaluate the feasibility of a farmer- veteran mentorship program and create a comprehensive contact list of veteran-specific farming programs. Through this project with FVC, Emily first realized her desire to combine her interest of working with veterans and her agricultural knowledge. Emily has also worked as a consultant for the American Farmland Trust to connect with local farmers and promote agricultural land stewardship through writing farm profiles about sustainable management practices. She also worked as an advisor in the UC Davis Internship Career Center to assist students in finding agriculturally and environmentally-related careers and internships. During her time at UC Davis, she interned with the Yolo County Department of Agriculture’s Farm to School Program, the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden, and 4-H Cooperative Extension Education Program. After growing up around agriculture in the Central Valley, Emily is dedicated to preserving farmland, as well as serving local and rural communities.

Jason Henderson

Jason Henderson

Jason R. Henderson is Associate Dean in the College of Agriculture and Director of Purdue Extension. In this role, Jason leads the statewide public engagement and research-based education in Agricultural and Natural Resources, 4-H Youth Development, Health and Human Sciences, and Economic and Community Development. As Assistant Vice President for Engagement, Jason provides leadership in university-wide initiatives designed to connect Purdue expertise and resources to statewide needs and forming effective partnerships to grow the state economy and improve the quality of life for Indiana’s residents.