NWAES 2016


New This Year: Two Great Keynote Speakers!


Message from the Executive Director

Clark Seavert Executive Director

Welcome to the Northwest Agribusiness Executive Seminar! Through months of planning, our steering committee has provided excellent guidance in developing the 2016 program. This venue centers on high-level presenters, panel and roundtable discussions, and case studies in collaboration with executives of selected firms and organizations.

Consumers are Changing Agriculture: Exploring the Opportunities is the theme of the upcoming seminar. The strategic decisions you make in these changing times could determine how competitive your business is moving forward.

Our co-keynote speakers are well versed to bring the latest information and trends on consumer purchases and integrating millennials into your management team. Three case studies will address the challenges of maintaining relevance in your brand, employment opportunities in agriculture, and incorporating technology into your business. A panel discussion on the consolidation of farm input suppliers and the implications to production agriculture will be an outstanding session.

Our featured speakers will focus on: 1) how to build a brand in a national market, 2) digital trends that impact your business, 3) the implications of global issues to U.S. agriculture, and 4) do consumers really understand sustainability?

The information crafted within each session provides the value industry leaders seek to ensure their businesses stay profitable and competitive. Also, our attendees consistently report the high value they receive just from the networking opportunities alone.

And, if you’ve never attended this seminar and want to ensure your company’s growth in this time of increasing global competition and numerous emerging trends, I invite you to contact me.

I look forward to seeing you at the 2016 seminar!


Clark F. Seavert


The Northwest Agribusiness Executive Seminar brings together experienced top executives to discuss strategic issues and current trends facing agribusiness in the ever-changing and challenging marketplace. Business cases on critical and timely concerns to the industry are uniquely developed for this program to enhance the strategic thinking of participants. By wrestling with the content of each panel discussion and case with other executives, participants have the opportunity to evaluate the issues in the light of another organization, providing them with a different perspective and possible ideas on how to handle their own challenges. Participants must apply to attend the seminar.

Written comments from some of the 2014 participants about the seminar:

“We had better discussions and strategic outlook that audience engaged in this time. Lots of intriguing questions and data to consider. Keep bringing in the experts!”

“Great seminar. Love the intimate setting. Had many great conversations and met some high quality people.”

“Very good seminar it exceeded my expectations.”

“I like the new format.”

“I’ve been to three of the NWA Seminars and this has been by far the best and most beneficial to my business & industry.”

“Keep bringing in diverse perspectives of people across the agricultural industry.”

“Seminar was well facilitated/organized. Service was tremendous.”

What past participants had to say about the seminar:

“Impressive work on case studies, good facilitation of breakouts.”

“I look forward to interfacing w/ leaders in the PNW and gaining analytical tools that will help me perform critical analysis of existing and yet unseen industry circumstances.”

“A great way to make contact with other executives and share ideas.”

“I enjoyed being able to gain a different perspective on key business issues and the current business environment.”

“I really like the small group discussions, then open forum vs. classroom style of each group presenting findings.”

See what two long-time supporters and members of our steering committee had to say:

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