Women involved with farming or ag-related work are encouraged to attend the 13th annual Iowa Women in Agriculture Conference on Aug. 1 at the FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny.
The theme this year is “Road Map to Resilience.” This year’s preconference tour is July 31, co-sponsored by Iowa State University’s Women in Ag program.
The conference will address a range of challenges posed by agriculture’s current economic climate: commodity prices, marketing strategies, global trade agreements, financial risk management, ag advocacy, water quality initiatives, transition planning, resilience, and balancing family medical care with financing the family farm.
The conference is from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 1. Julie Kenney, Iowa deputy secretary of agriculture, will keynote the conference, with her report on the state of Iowa agriculture.
Elaine Kub, author of “Mastering the Grain Markets: How Profits Are Really Made,” DTN analyst and IPTV’s Market to Market commentator, will discuss new ways of thinking about grain trading.
Angie Treptow, Farm Credit Services of America vice president, will wrap up the morning session discussing lender expectations for 2020.
In the afternoon, your choice of breakout sessions and presenters includes:
Key Elements of Succession and Continuity Planning: How to Ensure Your Operation Will Thrive During Transition. Rena Striegel, of Transition Point Business Advisors and author of “Building the Ultimate Network”
Laying Pavers on the Road to Resilience. Charlotte Halvorson, certified occupational health nurse, and Linda Emanuel, community health nurse and Nebraska farmer, with the AgriSafe Network
Caring for Parents Without Putting Your Farm on Life Support. Nancy Lowenberg, vice president of commercial banking at U.S. Bank in Cedar Rapids, and Nancy Brannaman, sixth-generation farm owner and manager
Celebrating the Real Story of Agriculture and How Women Can Lead the Way. Kim Bremmer, a farm girl, mother, science junkie and ag advocate from Loyal, Wis.
A complimentary wine and cheese networking reception will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 31 at the Cellar Winery at White Oak in nearby Cambridge. Guest speaker is Rose Danaher, the Iowa County environmental specialist and an Amana, Iowa, cattle producer. She is one of two U.S. 2019 Nuffield International Farm Scholars. She’ll share her worldwide travels to study water quality.
Participants can attend an optional tour on July 31, hosted by Iowa State University Extension’s Women in Agriculture Program. The motor coach tour begins and ends at the Courtyard Marriott at S.E. Creekview Drive in Ankeny, with a choice of stops at John Deere Works in Ankeny, Kemin Industries Inc. in Des Moines, the Tedesco Environmental Learning Corridor in Ames and The Cellar at White Oak Winery in Cambridge.
Preregister before July 24
Early-bird registration is $50 until July 24 and $70 after that date. Registration includes the preconference tour, evening welcome reception, continental breakfast, lunch and snacks. Register online in advance, by mail, or from 7:15 to 8 a.m. on the day of the conference. No registration refunds will be possible.
Early-bird registration is required for those attending the preconference tour. For questions about the tour, contact Madeline Schultz at 515-294-0588. For conference information, contact IWIA President Cheryl Tevis at 515-353-4425 or visit iowawomeninag.org for a full conference agenda and registration details.