As the Land Investment Expo, presented by Peoples Company, launches into its ninth year it does so being recognized as the nation's premier farmland event. Attendees to the Ninth Annual Land Investment Expo will again be challenged with a wide range of thoughts, cutting-edge ideas and contrarian thinking. Expo attendees gain broader perspectives, learn new information and are challenged to "connect-the-dots" in their own way that advances their particular business interests. This is the format that attendees have come to expect and that keeps them coming back year after year.

Scheduled for January 29, 2016, the more than 650 attendees, speakers, sponsors and media will converge on the West Des Moines Sheraton for an exciting day of learning, discussing, debating and networking. Each year farmers, business owners, academics, REITs, land developers, hedge funds, pension funds, endowments, family offices, bankers, policy experts, real estate professionals and others from around the Midwest and across the country gather to learn from, and interact with, each other.

With the Ninth Annual Land Investment Expo taking place just three days prior to the media circus referred to as the Iowa Presidential Caucuses, the Expo will undoubtedly catch the attention of national media and political pundits.

The agenda for the Ninth Annual Land Investment Expo features an exciting array of expert speakers, 10 educational breakout sessions and 20 relevant trade show exhibitors. Keynote speakers that have already committed for 2016 include:

  • James "The Ragin' Cajun" Carville and Mary Matalin, renowned political insider odd-couple, will bring their spirited, sharp-witted, lively debate to the stage as they challenge each other's diverse perspectives on politics, economics and how the world should work. And there's no better place for this political insider couple to be on the eve of the Iowa Presidential Caucuses weekend than in Des Moines, where the city will be saturated with virtually every national media outlet.
  • Mark Dotzour, real estate economist, will provide his outlook on the U.S. real estate market and state of the economy.
  • Dennis Gartman, The Gartman Letter, will cover both the domestic and world economy and will revisit his predictions from last year's Expo.
  • Rob Saik, Agri-Trend Group CEO, will kick off the day with his energetic challenge of conventional thinking around GMOs.
  • Ben Zaitz, Ben Zaitz and Sons, will share his experiences and challenges as an American cannabis farmer.
  • Dr. Bruce J. Sherrick, Professor of Land Economics at the University of Illinois, will share some of his research on risk analysis, crop insurance evaluation, and the modeling of agricultural finance institutions.

Conference-goers will again face the challenge of choosing just two of the 10 breakout sessions covering a range of highly relevant topics and emerging trends important to the farmland asset class. Save the date for January 29, and register now to gain a global perspective while taking in a ground-level view at this robust, one-of-a-kind, ag conference in Iowa, the heart of American agriculture.

The Ninth Annual Land Investment Expo will take place January 29, at the West Des Moines Sheraton Hotel. For more information, please contact Becky Rozenboom at 855-800-5263 or Becky@PeoplesCompany.com.