You can't predict, but you can prepare...

NOVEMBER 28 - 29, 2018

Kansas City, MO

Begins at noon on Wednesday, November 28th! 

Early Bird Special

$299 regular price $500

Remember we sold out early last year!


Molly Bloom

One of the most intriguing stories of the past decade. Molly Bloom will tell us how she built one of the most exclusive, high-stakes underground poker games in the world. Her story was recently turned into a major hit motion picture called “Molly’s Game”. The true story of “Hollywood’s poker princess” who gambled everything, won big, then lost it all.

In the late 2000s, Molly Bloom, a twentysomething petite brunette from Loveland Colorado, ran the highest stakes, most exclusive poker game Hollywood had ever seen—she was its mistress, its lion tamer, its agent, and its oxygen. Everyone wanted in, few were invited to play.

Hundreds of millions of dollars were won and lost at her table. Molly’s game became the game for those in the know—celebrities, business moguls, and millionaires. Molly staged her games in palatial suites with beautiful views and exquisite amenities. She flew privately, dined at exclusive restaurants, hobnobbed with the heads of Hollywood studios, was courted by handsome leading men, and was privy to the world’s most delicious gossip.

Molly Bloom grew up in Loveland, Colorado. She attended the University of Colorado at Boulder, majoring in Political Science. She was a member of US ski team and was ranked third overall in North America in 1998. Her father was a top psychologist and her mother a professional fly fisher. Her story is truly incredible!

  • Molly comes from a family of high achievers. She is no slouch. A champion skier, brains to match. Each time she hit a bump in her life she did not complain, she found a solution with a positive attitude. She offers many fantastic life lessons.
  • A captivating story that is interesting for a wide audience beyond those who enjoy poker. It’s a high stakes adventure providing the layperson a peak into a world few will ever truly know or understand.

James Lawrence
“Iron Cowboy”

Endurance athlete, entrepreneur, renowned speaker and Guinness World Record holder. James Lawrence (aka the Iron Cowboy) completed 50 Full Distance Triathlons in 50 consecutive days in all 50 states, the only person who believed that he could pull it off was James himself and his wife, Sunny. Keep in mind, an Ironman consists of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride, and a 26.2-mile run. Lawrence tells the story of his herculean 50-day journey and all the wonderful, miserable, and life-threatening events that happened along the way, as well as a glance at his life leading up to the mission, and winning two prior world records. Lawrence survived tropical storms, internal bleeding, hypothermia, hyperthermia, dehydration, nerve damage, infections, a blood-clot scare, extreme sleep deprivation and a bike crash! His story resonates with all, young and old. You won’t want to miss this tale of adventure as he ‘Redefines Impossible.’

  • I met James Lawrence on a charity bike ride last July – a year before reading this book. I was impressed by his world record, and even moreso by the man. He was one interesting dude. No swagger. No pretence. No BS. Strikingly humble. We discussed family, life, bike rides and – of course – the 50/50/50. -Stephen P. Kane
  • I finally figured out where the mental strength REALLY comes from and what it REALLY means.
  • Meeting the Iron Cowboy had a lasting affect on me. I spent the next few months ruminating about what should be my own personal challenge. (James has that effect on you). For me, it sure wasn’t triathlons. I wondered how to put the James Lawrence philosophy to work in MY life.
  • It was like a pep talk for my head. I loved all the real, raw experiences but this also gave me something else that I wasn’t expecting. It touched me deeply on a spiritual level and helped me reconnect to my strongest, truest self, someone who now chooses to keep going when life is hard. Thanks Iron Cowboy for your courage and your unstoppable spirit.
  • One of the grittiest stories on perseverance I’ve ever heard. The Iron Cowboy has earned his spot on the pantheon of the world’s most rigorous, homicidally driven humans. His epiphany that the whole reason quitting is impossible to him is his love for his kids and his wife. That struck an important nerve for me.
  • I’m the furthest thing from an endurance athlete but I loved the story. It truly inspired me to change my life!
  • I think of this story every time something seems too hard or impossible. It has truly changed my life! So blessed to have heard it.

Special “Mastermind” Session

Sit front row in the boardroom with some of the best and brightest! Join us for an exclusively look behind the scenes as several of the top CEO’s and leaders openly discuss their next moves in the markets, their current investments, what they see at out on the horizon, along with heated debates about our future.

Van Trump Conference
2018 Agenda

Special Speakers

Soren Schroder
CEO, Bunge

David Perry
CEO, Indigo

Simon Atkins
Weather Expert, Advanced Forecasting Corp.

Guest Panelists

Carter Williams
CEO, iSelect Fund

Andy Daniels
CEO, Founder of Kronus,
Professional Trader

Howard Getson
CEO, Capitalogix

Bill Krueger
CEO, Lansing

Tom Willis
CEO, Conestoga Energy

Tom Williamson
CEO, Transportation Consultants Company

Mike Mock
Mock Consulting

Joe Outlaw
Co-Director, Ag and Food Policy Center,
Texas A&M University

Matt Bennett
Owner Bennett Consulting,
Grain Marketing Consulting for Channel Seed

Veronica Nigh
Economist,  American Farm Bureau Federation

Andrew Ward
Director of Business Development,
McDonald Pelz

Kevin Bearley
Principal, K-Coe ISOM

Barrett Ersek
CEO, Holganix

Todd Gleason
Radio Host,

Braden Hudye
President, The Hudye Group

Sid Gorham
CEO, Granular

Aline De Souza Pezente
Digital Economy Strategy Lead, Cargill

Matthew Crisp
CEO, Benson Hill Biosystems

Chris Rivera
CEO, Nativis

Chip Nellinger
Futures Market Specialist,
Blue Reef Agri-Marketing Inc.

Keir Reinick
COO, FarmOp Capital

Eric O’Brien
Co-Founder & Managing Partner,
Fall Line Capital

Cristine Handel
VP of Strategy and Operations, Arvegenix

Colin Rush
COO, Clean Seed Capital

Natalie DiNicola
President, DiNicola, LLC

Marcel Kringe
Founder, Bushel Plus

Alexander Reichert
Co-Founder, CEO,

Gaylon Lawrence Jr.
Principal Investor,
The Lawrence Group

John Wyffels
President, Wyffels Hybrids

Travis Potter
Tractor Soda

Connie Bowen,
Principal, The Yield Lab

Brian Clevinger
Co-Founder, Yield Lab

Chris Andersen
Founder, Mosefund

Chris Masters,

Steven Brockshus
Founder, CEO,

Max Fisher,
Director of Economics & Gov’t Relations,
National Grain and Feed Association

Doug Applegate
Founder, CEO,

Mark Young
CTO, Head of Product,
The Climate Corporation

Check back with us as we are confirming new speakers everyday!

Event Location

Kansas City Convention Center
Grand Ballroom

201 West 14th Street
Kansas City, MO 64105


Holiday Inn
Kansas City Downtown – Aladdin
1215 Wyandotte
Kansas City, MO 64105

By Phone: Call the reservations line at 877-224-2870 and refer to the name of the block: Farm Direction 2018 Conference; with Block Code: FDQ.

Online Booking Link: https://book.passkey.com/go/dba1e112


Crowne Plaza
1301 Wyandotte
Kansas City, MO 64105
(816) 474 – 6664

Special Thanks To This Year’s Fantastic Sponsors

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