Featured Speaker

Rob Sharkey

Motivational Speaker


We will be kicking off the 77th RMC on Monday, June 17th, with a Keynote Session titled“Sharks Don’t Swim Backwards,” sponsored by Cargill.

Come join us as we hear Rob Sharkey's story of grit and determination, coming back from the hog market crash, farming, and how the SharkFarmer was born. The SharkFarmer’s compelling message revolves around never giving up on your dreams, embracing challenges and strategically pivoting in the face of adversity. He’ll share his insight on navigating uncharted waters, challenging yourself with new roles, and carving a path to success in the ever-evolving landscape of agriculture. Be inspired to overcome obstacles, redefine your goals, never let fear hold you back, and embrace conversation with the next generation while not squishing their dreams as they find their place back on the family farm. Rob Sharkey is not your average Illinois grain farmer. Better known as the SharkFarmer he is a risk taker and out of the box thinker who believes everyone has a story to tell.  His authentic interview style, ability to tackle controversial issues and share the triumphs and struggles of the modern farmer has catapulted him onto Sirius XM, PBS, Acres TV and 8 Seasons and counting of SharkFarmer TV on RFDTV.