Announcing the 2021 Food & Ag Summit: Virtual Event Series

February 9, 2021

2021 Food & Ag Summit: Virtual Event Series

Join Herbein + Company, Inc., Barley Snyder, and other industry professionals for the 2021 Food & Ag Summit! This year's Food & Ag Summit will feature six virtual events throughout the month of March focused on hot topics relevant to the food & agribusiness sector. This 6-part series is designed for business owners, corporate executives and knowledge leaders from food and agricultural companies. 

All six sessions are listed below, we invite you to register today for one or all of them. 

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Federal Legislative Updates Affecting the Food & Ag Industries

Tuesday March 2, 2021
9:00a.m. - 10:30a.m. EST
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We kick off the 2021 Food & Ag Virtual Summit with Charlie Garrison from the Garrison Group as we discuss what to expect for 2021 and beyond. Charlie is the President of The Garrison Group LLC in Washington, D.C. He is focused on lobbying for a myriad of issues including agriculture, immigration, environment, the food industry and more. He attended Purdue University, graduating with a B.S. in Animal Science. Click here to register.

Charlie will cover key federal legislative updates including:

  • Early Initiatives of the Biden/Harris Administration
  • Leadership, Key Committees and Plans for Bipartisanship in the 117th Congress
  • Prospects for Immigration Reform Affecting Ag Industry Labor
  • Food Production and Climate Change; Keeping Greenhouse Gas Reduction Incentives Voluntary, Industry-Driven and Cost Effective
  • International Trade; Next Steps to Keep U.S. Agriculture Growing
  • Updates on Nutrition Assistance

Keynote by:
Charlie Garrison, President, The Garrison Group LLC

Welcome Message by:
Timothy Dietrich, Esq., Partner and Food & Agribusiness Group Chair, Barley Snyder
David Stonesifer, CPA, Managing Partner, Herbein + Company, Inc.

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Accounting Standard Updates
Key Updates on Revenue Recognition & Leasing

March 9, 2021
9:00a.m. - 10:00a.m. EST
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Join us for a 2021 Food & Ag Summit webinar for a key Accounting Standards Update: Leasing and Revenue Recognition for the food & ag industries. We will cover key updates on both Leasing (ASU) 2016-02, and Revenue Recognition (ASU) 2014-09.

Leasing Update: A walk-through of Accounting Standard Update (ASU) 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842) which will provide insight into aspects of the new lease standard that are particularly relevant to lessees in a non-public entity. We will review how all leases will now be captured on the balance sheet and recorded through the financial statements, as well as the process to determine if a lease exists and how to record it properly under the new standard.

Revenue Recognition Update: An overview of Accounting Standard Update (ASU) 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606), which will provide insight into the new principles-based standard, including the 5-step process for revenue recognition. We will review what we saw during implementation, where people struggled the most, what we expect going forward, staying on top of the standard, and how COVID-19 impacted customer payments. Register today by clicking here.

Cory Eisenhofer, Manager, Herbein + Company, Inc.
Christopher Kunkle, CPA, CFE, CITP, Senior Manager, Herbein + Company, Inc


Ownership Transition, the Inevitable Decision
Is an Employee Stock Ownership Plan in Your Company’s Future

March 10, 2021
11:00a.m. - 12:00p.m. EST
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In this session, Barley Snyder attorneys Drake Nicholas and Alex Puskar, along with CPA Mark Caltagirone from Herebin + Company, Inc., will discuss employee stock ownership plans (commonly referred to as ESOPs) which provide a tax-advantageous ownership transition strategy that offers closely held companies the opportunity to seamlessly transfer ownership. They will address pertinent questions such as:

  • What makes ESOPs so popular and why has there been such a resurgence of ESOPs as the preferred transition plan?
  • How does an ESOP work? Who is in charge? Who benefits?
  • Valuation and the ESOP process
  • How to determine if an ESOP is the right transition vehicle

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Mark Caltagirone, CPA/ABV, Senior Consultant, Herbein + Company, Inc.
Drake Nicholas, Esq., Partner & ESOP Team Chair, Barley Snyder
Alexander Puskar, Esq., Attorney, Barley Snyder


Cyber Incidents and Risk Management in the Food and Beverage Industry

March 16, 2021
1:00p.m. - 2:00p.m. EST
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The food and beverage industry ranks among the most vulnerable when it comes to managing cyber oversight and risk. Threat actors can pose a significant risk to the manufacturing processes, including releasing malware that can wreak havoc to an organization’s safety and operational protocols. In this session, Jeff Johns (CISA, CRISC, CDPSE), Partner and Director of IT Audit Services, at FOS (Herbein + Company, Inc. subsidiary) and Don Geiter (CIPP/US), Partner and Chair of the Cybersecurity Service Team at Barley Snyder, will provide you and your organization with practical cyber risk management guidance, including an overview of the tools needed for your team to assess its potential liability and reduce its vulnerabilities. Click here to register today.

Donald Geiter, CIPP/US, Esq., Partner & Cybersecurity Team Chair, Barley Snyder
Jeffrey Johns, CISA, CRISC, CDPSE, Partner & Director of IT Audit Services, Financial Outsourcing Solutions (Herbein + Company, Inc. subsidiary)


Labor & Employment Forecast: Food & Agribusiness Edition

March 23, 2021
1:00p.m. - 2:00p.m. EST
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In this session, Barley Snyder attorneys will provide insights into important labor and employment aspects relating to the food & agribusiness industry. Jill Welch will discuss the Biden Administration’s First 63 Days: Labor and Employment Initiatives and COVID-19 Update. EmmaRose Boyle will address navigating transportation and logistics developments. Rounding out the discussion, Silas Ruiz-Steele and Lauren Berkowitz will provide a roadmap for a successful I-9 process. Click here to register today.

Jill Sebest Welch, Esq., Partner & Employment Group Chair, Barley Snyder
Silas Ruiz-Steele, Esq., Attorney & Immigration Group Chair, Barley Snyder
Lauren Berkowitz, Esq., Attorney, Barley Snyder
EmmaRose Boyle, Esq., Attorney, Barley Snyder


Selling Your Products: 2021 Challenges & Opportunities
Featured Panelists from Joe Jurgielewicz & Son, R.M. Palmer Company, and Unique Snacks

March 30, 2021
10:00a.m. - 11:30a.m. EST
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Our final session will be moderated by Tim Dietrich and Josh Pollet, and will feature three local business leaders for a roundtable discussion about selling your products in 2021. Food & ag companies have faced many obstacles over the past year due to the pandemic. Our professionals will discuss some of the challenges and successes they’ve had and what they expect for 2021. Some of the topics they will discuss are: various sales channels such as big box retailers and online sales, supply chain distribution, customer demand, consumer packaging, production, etc. We hope you can join us for this timely and relevant discussion!

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Moderated by:
- Timothy Dietrich, Esq., Partner and Food & Agribusiness Group Chair, Barley Snyder
- Josh Pollet, CPA, Partner, Herbein + Company, Inc.

Panelists include:
- Dr. Jim Jurgielewicz, DVM, President & Corporate Veterinarian, Joe Jurgielewicz & Son, Ltd.
- Mark Schlott, Chief Operating Officer, R.M. Palmer Company
- Justin Spannuth, Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Unique Snacks