February 3, 2017
Sheraton Hotel West Des Moines

A Milestone Year

This coming year will mark a decade of Peoples Company hosting the nation's premier agriculture real estate conference: the Land Investment Expo. What an incredible 10 years it has been!

Since the Expo's groundbreaking launch in 2008, farmers and institutional investors have endured 500-year floods, punishing droughts, record commodity and land prices and deepest recession in more than 75 years.

This year, Peoples is turning our attention to the environment with a focus on the landowner's opportunity in sustainability. Our keynote speaker Mark Tercek, CEO of the Nature Conservancy, will focus on collaborative solutions to solve our environments most pressing challenges — water quality and quantity, regulatory battles and global food security. Tercek brings a unique, thought-provoking perspective to these complex issues in an effort to mutually benefit nature and the people it serves.

Among the most pressing challenges, this year's Land Investment Expo will confront:

  • Water quality and quantity including the proper use of irrigation and water availability and the Des Moines Water Works' lawsuit against three Iowa counties
  • Waters of the United States (WOTUS) and how it should be defined
  • California Proposition 2 (Prop 2) and the significant changes in the chicken and egg industry
  • Renewable Fuels Standard and its future
  • Global food security including doubling our food production in order to feed 9 billion people by 2050
  • Food labeling and understanding the impact of government-mandated labeling of genetically engineered food
  • Labor challenges and shortages addressing the issues and providing tools to close the skills gap


How does our event continue to draw the most diverse audience of any its kind? With exciting and unpredictable moments – not the same rhetoric year after year. The Land Investment Expo has grown in stature every year by featuring local, national and global perspectives, offering farmers and institutional investors incredible access to some of the world's foremost specialists on the economy, environment, technology and politics.

We continually offer fresh, new speakers, topics, ideas and ways of thinking. Check out highlights from years past:

  • 2016: The "Political Odd Couple," Mary Matalin and James Carville, captured our audience just two days before the Iowa presidential caucuses, sharing their experience and insight in a deep exploration of the country's current political mood.
  • 2015: Donald Trump joined us the year he announced his candidacy for president and began dominating the polls, upending the common political order.
  • 2014: T. Boone Pickens discussed wind energy, ethanol and other renewal energy with our audience.
  • 2013: We flexed our global muscle when Jim Rogers, who co-founded the Quantum Fund with George Soros, flew in from Singapore.

Through all the uncertainty, the one constant has been the Expo's superior commitment to farm producers and ag real estate professionals – and our 10th annual event promises to continue this great tradition. Check back often – more names will be announced as the event approaches!

Please, join us as we celebrate a decade of innovation, and look forward to many, many years more!



Pop-Icon, Economist & Humorist


Portfolio Manager - Neuberger Berman


President & CEO - The Nature Conservancy


CEO - Agri-Trend Group of Companies


Ag Broadcaster and Reporter

Events Schedule

Friday, February 3

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Registration / Exhibitor Session

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
General Session

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Coffee Break / Exhibitor Session

10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Breakout Session

11:15 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch and Keynote Speakers

1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Afternoon Break / Exhibitor Session

2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Breakout Session

2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Afternoon Break / Exhibitor Session

3:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
General Session

5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Social / Cocktail Hour / Exhibitor Session


Pre-expo Reception

Thursday, February 2

Peoples Company will host a social function featuring beverages, hors d'oeuvres an opportunity to meet and network with Land Expo exhibitors and attendees. Please join our agents and staff from 4 to 6 p.m., February 2, in the atrium area of the Sheraton West Des Moines Hotel for an afternoon of drinks, networking and conversations surrounding the land and real estate investing markets. On behalf of Peoples Company and the sponsors of our 10th annual land conference, we look forward to welcoming attendees and guests during this special pre-Land Expo reception. Those planning to attend should RSVP by emailing Becky Rozenboom at Becky@PeoplesCompany.com.

Register Now to Attend

Click here to register for the Midwest's premier agricultural real estate conference. You don't want to miss out on this one-of-a-kind forum for farm producers and ag real estate professionals.


The 2017 Land Expo presents a unique opportunity for sales and marketing professionals to increase brand awareness and uncover credible leads at a sold-out conference with more than 600 attendees.

  • Take advantage of networking opportunities with industry peers, prospective customers in multiple ag- and land-related fields
  • Increase exposure to your brand via an association with a leading land brokerage at a highly regarded land conference
  • Utilize pre-conference marketing and branding opportunities to reach target audiences in advance of your arrival

A limited number of sponsorship opportunities and exhibitor booth spaces are available. For more information about how aligning your business with a premier land and agriculture conference could bolster awareness of your brand, contact Becky Rozenboom at 855-800-5263 or Becky@PeoplesCompany.com.

About the Host

Peoples Company is a leading provider of agricultural land brokerage, land management, land appraisal and land investing services in the Midwest. The Land Investment Expo is the cornerstone of the Peoples Company's aggressive marketing tactics, with an innovative team of ag real estate sales professionals striving to connect landowners and investors in 14 states. The Peoples Company real estate brokerage is licensed in Iowa, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. For more information, www.PeoplesCompany.com.

Peoples Company


Requests for interviews or press credentials may be directed to Becky Rozenboom at 855-800-5263 or email Becky@PeoplesCompany.com.

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Venue & Accommodations

Sheraton West Des Moines Hotel
1800 50th Street | West Des Moines, Iowa 50266

A block of rooms will be held February 2-4 at the Sheraton West Des Moines Hotel for discounted nightly rate of $122 plus tax for Land Expo guests and attendees. Pricing is on a first-come, first-served basis. Rooms booked after January 12 will be based on availability and not subject to the group discount rate.

To make reservations by phone, call 800-325-3525 or 515-223-1800, or book online at https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/LandInvestmentExpo17. For more personalized services, please contact the Guest Room Coordinator, Annie Schlink, at 515-457-2127 or Annie.schlink@sheratonwestdesmoines.com.



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