Top Producer Summit

America’s Premier Farmers and Ranchers to Gather in Nashville for 2023 Top Producer Summit

Producers from Virginia, South Dakota and Mississippi named finalists for Top Producer of the Year Award.

Lenexa, Kan., (Jan. 9, 2023) – Farm Journal’s 26th annual Top Producer Summit, agriculture’s premier educational and networking event, is set for Jan. 23-25, 2023, at the Grand Hyatt in Nashville. The event will bring forward-thinking farmers and ranchers together to share business opportunities and ideas to take their operations to the next level. 

Mixing business with fun, the 2023 Top Producer Summit will feature industry-leading speakers on finance, innovative management practices, human resources, technology and succession planning. All attendees will enjoy a night out at Johnny Cash’s Bar & BBQ in downtown Nashville.

As it does each year, the event will recognize several of the nation’s most outstanding farm operations. Finalists for the 2023 Top Producer of the Year Award include:

  • Engle Family Farms, Kevin Engle, Hanover, Va. 
  • MoDak Dairy, Greg, James and Jacob Moes, Goodwin, S.D. 
  • Silent Shade Planting Company, Jeremy and Elizabeth Jack, Stacie Koger, Willard and Laura Lee Jack, Belzoni, Miss.

Also during Top Producer’s annual award ceremony, which will be streamed live on Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. CST on, these two farmers will be honored:

  • Executive Women in Agriculture Trailblazer Award winner: Marcia Ruff, Ruff Farms, Circleville, Ohio
  • Tomorrow’s Top Producer Horizon Award winner: Trey Wasserburger, TD Angus at Rishel Ranch, North Platte, Neb.

Agenda highlights for the 2023 event include:

  • C.R.A.S.H Course for Success with Speaker: Rich Redmond, drummer for Jason Aldean and business author
  • Peak Performance Culture: The 5 Metrics of Operational Excellence with Dave Mitchell, “The Leadership Difference”
  • Fireside Chat with Kristjan Hebert, 2019 Top Producer of the Year
  • Panel: The Future of Global Grain Flows with Kip Tom, Tom Farms and U.S. Ambassador; Matt Roberts, Terrain; Steve Freed, ADM Investor Services; Moderator: Chip Flory, “AgriTalk”
  • The Big Elections Are Over: Now What? with Jim Wiesemeyer, Pro Farmer and Farm Journal

Farm Journal’s Trust In Food initiative will host its annual Trust In Food Symposium on Jan. 23-24 in conjunction with Top Producer Summit. Attendees will learn what barriers farmers face in integrating conservation practices into their operations, as well as how the sustainability community is coming together to accelerate the adoption of climate-positive agriculture.

“Top Producer Summit is one of Farm Journal’s annual highlights for the farmers that attend and for Farm Journal to host as a company,” said Charlene Finck, president of Farm Journal.  “Nashville provides a great setting for attendees to participate in the valuable and educational networking events they want and need to improve their operations as well as have some fun at the same time.”

Top Producer Summit is supported by platinum sponsors Ag Resource Management, BASF, Case IH, LandTrust and Rabo Agrifinance. 

Bronze sponsors for the event include AGCO/FENDT, Channel, Corteva Agriscience, Farmers Mutual Hail, IOM Grain, National Corn Growers Association, Nutrien and Pivot Bio.

To learn more or register for Top Producer Summit, go to

About Farm Journal

Farm Journal is the nation’s leading business information and media company serving the agricultural market. Started 146 years ago with the preeminent Farm Journal magazine, the company serves the row crop, livestock, produce and retail sectors through branded websites, eNewsletters and phone apps; business magazines; live events including conferences, seminars and tradeshows; nationally broadcasted television and radio programs; a robust mobile-text-marketing business; and an array of data-driven, paid information products. Farm Journal also is the majority shareholder of the online equipment marketplace, Machinery Pete LLC. Trust In Food is a Farm Journal initiative dedicated to accelerating the adoption of climate-smart and regenerative agriculture in ways that work for producers and enhance connection to consumers. In 2010, the company established the non-profit, public charity, Farm Journal Foundation, dedicated to sustaining agriculture’s ability to meet the vital needs of a growing population through education and empowerment.

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