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IDEAg Interconnectivity Conference Brings Top Farm Technology Companies To Iowa

June 15, 2012

DES MOINES, Iowa, June 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — IDEAg Group (IDEA-ag) Group delivers an optimal experience to attendees, exhibitors and industry thought leaders, unlike any other in the agricultural space. Through its established farm show events (Farmfest, Dakotafest, Amarillo Farm and Ranch Show, Northern Illinois Farm Show) and innovative new summits and conferences (Interconnectivity Conference), the IDEAg group is dedicated to bringing interactive, content-rich, high-value events to the marketplace that connect producers to the providers of new and innovative solutions to agriculture.

    KEYNOTE:            AgricultureSecretary Ed Schafer, U.S. Department of
                        Agriculture (USDA) and former two-term Governor of
                        North Dakota.
    SPEAKERS:           Dr. Michael Boehlje, Distinguished Professor of
                        Agricultural Economics, Purdue University
                       Ken Eriksen, Senior Vice President, Informa Economics
                        Ted McKinney, Director, Global Corporate Affairs,
                        Elanco Animal Health
                       Keith Schlapkohl, founding member of B.R.T. Ag & Turf
                        Jeff Littrell, Vice President of B.R.T. and FHR
                        Farms, Inc
                       Kip Tom, Managing Member of Tom Farms
                       Kyle Tom, Assistant Director of Operations, Tom Farms
                        Paul Welbig, Director of Slingshot Operations for
                        Raven Industries
                        Mike Santostefano, Director of Marketing and Business
                        Development, AgIntegrated
                        Terry Fleck, Executive Director, The Center for Food
                       Terry Schiltz, President and Co-Owner, AgSense LLC
                        Jerry Roell, Director, John Deere FarmSight(TM) &
                        John Deere WorkSight(TM)
                        Urban Lehner, Vice President of Editorial, Telvent/
                       Clay Rassi, Sales Manager of AgSync, Inc.
                       Greg Ikins, Agronomist, United Soils, Inc.
                        Steve Agan, Business Banking Manager/Market
                        President of East Central Iowa, Wells Fargo Bank
                        Patrick Sanders, Midwest Account Manager /Business
                        Analyst, SST Software
                       Andrey Skotnikov, Founder of New Ag Systems
                       Matthew Bechdol, President of GeoSilos

    WHERE:             Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino
                       The Meadows Events & Conference Center
                       1 Prairie Meadows Dr.
                       Altoona, IA 50009-0901

    WHEN:              Monday 6/25/12 5pm - 9pm
                       Tuesday 6/26/12 8am - 9pm
                       Wednesday 6/27/12 8am - 5pm

    COMPANIES:         John Deere
                       Slingshot by Raven
                       SST Software
                       Wells Fargo
                       United Soils
                       FHR Farms
                       CDMS, Inc.
                       Agri ImaGIS Technologies, Inc.
                       AgCam/Dakota Micro

    INTERCONNECTIVITY:  The IDEAg Interconnectivity Conference launches in
                        Iowa and brings together top farm producers who are
                        currently using, plan to implement or expand their
                        interconnected farm technology infrastructure.

    MISSION:            To allow for one-to-one meetings with top farm
                        technology providers and users. IDEAg
                        INTERCONNECTIVITY CONFERENCE facilitates discussion
                        on the current and future state of interconnected

    ATTENDEES:          Audience members will include farmers and
                        agribusiness leaders representing technologies that
                        are essential for an interconnected future.

                        Demographics from registration unveils a global
                        interest in interconnected farming. Data points for
                        attendees include:

                       - 80% use smartphones
                       - 50% have installed interconnected systems
                        -70% plan to purchase and/or add to current
                        interconnected systems
                       - 70% plan to purchase application systems
                       - 80%  plan to purchase monitoring systems
                       - 60%  plan to purchase remote sensors
                        -40% plan to purchase full software packages for on
                        farm interconnectivity
                        -The average size of farmer/producer operations is
                        2700 acres
                        -Registrants are from 44 counties in Iowa,  12
                        counties in Illinois, 14 counties in Minnesota, 21
                        counties in Missouri and 12 counties in Nebraska
                        -Of the producer/farmer registered attendees 61%
                        are in production row crops;  44% are in row crops
                        and livestock; and 21% are in specialty areas
                        including fiber, produce, and forage

    PRESS:             Press is encouraged to attend.

SOURCE IDEAg Interconnectivity Conference

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