Free Financial Seminars Next Week In Plover

Join farmer veterans for the 2024 Farmer Veteran Coalition of Wisconsin Winter Conference on Jan. 24 at the Food + Farm Exploration Center in Plover. This free event will have a focus on farm finances.

One of the presentations to look forward to is from Paul Dietmann, Senior Lending Specialist with Compeer Financial and co-author of the book Fearless Farm Finances: Farm Financial Management Demystified.

The event starts at 9 a.m. with registration. All are welcome to attend at no cost and meals will be provided. AgrAbility of Wisconsin is co-sponsoring this year’s event.

“We are excited for this opportunity to work with Paul… and all the amazing presenters scheduled to speak. They have some excellent information and experience to share with our farmer veterans,” says Sarah Cope, president of FVC-Wisconsin.

The Farmer Veteran Coalition and AgrAbility are excited to offer this free seminar, focused on financial resources and information to veteran farmers, beginning veteran farmers, and those working with veteran farmers. Whether you’re planning to expand or are interested in fine-tuning your financial awareness, there is something for everyone.


  • Business Planning Basics: So, you’ve been asked to create a business plan for your farm. Where do you start?
    o Speaker: Kevin Plante, DATCP’s Wisconsin Farm Center
  • Farm and Personal Financial Management: Balance sheets, profit & loss, cash flow…. And more!
    o Speaker: Paul Dietmann, Senior Lending Officer, Compeer Financial
  • AgrAbility of Wisconsin
    o Speaker: Jeff Kratochwill, AgrAbility of Wisconsin
  • How to Fund your Farm Business Speaker Panel
    o Bradley J. Guse – BMO Bank N.A.
    o Diane Mayerfeld – Sustainable Agriculture Coordinator, UW-Madison Extension, Wisconsin Department of Veteran Affairs
    o Casey Plamann – Farm Loan Manager
    o Beth Zimmerman – Farm Loan Officer, USDA – Farm Service Agency
  • Tenant and Landowner Lease Agreements 101
    o Speaker: Ben Tilberg, Pifer’s Land Management



You can also call Ben Tilberg, Communications Director, at (715) 305-1989