2022 Presenters

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Courtenay DeHoff
Thursday, February 10th, 8:00 a.m.

 

Courtenay DeHoff is a cowgirl turned television personality, keynote speaker and podcast host. She has worked on-air in front of sold out crowds at sporting events inside Madison Square Garden and anchored live telecasts for national news networks.  From New York Fashion Week to the back of a horse, you never know where she’ll be reporting from next.

In 2020, DeHoff launched the global brand movement Fancy Lady Cowgirl ™  after struggling to fit the traditional cowgirl mold.  Drawing criticism from those in the very communities she was advocating for, she labeled herself a ‘Fancy Lady Cowgirl’ proclaiming you can be both a little fancy and a little ranchy.  The reaction to this self label was swift.  Women from all walks of life emerged and began sharing how they too uphold traditions of the West in unexpected ways.  Through storytelling and fashion Fancy Lady Cowgirl is working to bridge the gap between urban and rural cultures.

Her keynote addresses will leave you laughing and tearing up in one sitting.  You will walk away with a new understanding of what it means to be a cowgirl or cowboy and how you can embrace it in your own unique way.

Shannon Ferrell
Friday, February 11th, 7:45 a.m.

Shannon Ferrell is a Professor in the Oklahoma State University Department of Agricultural Economics, where he specializes in Agricultural Law.  He grew up on a cattle and wheat operation in Western Oklahoma, and obtained his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Agricultural Economics from OSU before obtaining his Juris Doctorate from the Oklahoma City University School of Law with endorsements in Estate Planning and Business and Financial Services Law.  Shannon spent a number of years in full-time private practice before joining OSU in 2007.

As an educator and speaker, Shannon helps audiences all over North America understand the fundamental legal elements of farm business management and farm transition planning.  He has provided nearly presentations and workshops to a cumulative audience of over 30,000 across the U.S. and Candada while authoring over fifty publications, including serving as lead author on the Farm Transition Workbook.  In addition, he has testified before Congress and the Oklahoma state legislature on multiple policy issues involved in the farm transitions. In private practice, he helps farm families with both the conversations involved in forming the best transition planning approach and creating the mechanisms to make their transitions successful.

Tanner Ehmke
Friday, February 11th, 12:45 p.m.

Tanner Ehmke is a Lead Economist at CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange research team that provides market and industry outlooks on sectors affecting the rural economy, including grains, oilseeds, biofuels and farm supply; animal protein; dairy production and processing; specialty crops; and power, energy and water. Tanner’s research focus is specialty crops and dairy. Prior to joining CoBank in 2015, Tanner farmed and marketed seed for his family’s seed company in western Kansas where his family homesteaded in 1885. He previously was a commodities analyst at AgResource Company in Chicago, a markets reporter for Dow Jones at the Chicago Board of Trade, and an agricultural journalist covering crop production and farm business management. Tanner holds a bachelor’s in Agricultural Economics and a master’s in Agricultural Business, both from Kansas State University.

About CoBank: CoBank provides loans, leases, export financing and other financial services to agribusinesses and rural power, water and communications providers in all 50 states. We’re also a proud member of the Farm Credit System, a nationwide network of banks and retail lending associations chartered to support the borrowing needs of U.S. agriculture and the nation’s rural economy. On Jan. 1, 2012, CoBank merged with U.S. AgBank.  Headquartered outside Denver, Colorado, CoBank serves customers from regional banking centers across the U.S. and also maintains an international representative office in Singapore.