2019 Iowa Women in Agriculture

Date: Aug 1, 2019

Location: Ankeny, Iowa

“Road Map to Resilience” is the theme of the 13th Annual Iowa Women in Agriculture Conference will be held on Thursday, August 1, 2019 at the FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny, Iowa.

The 2019 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 one-day Conference kicks off at 8:15 a.m., and concludes at 5 p.m. Julie Kenney, Iowa Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, will keynote the Conference with 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 offer the challenge, New Ways of Thinking about Grain Trading. Angie Treptow, Farm Credit Services of America regional vice-president, will wrap up the morning sessions with a deep dive into lender expectations for 2020.

The afternoon’s choice of breakout sessions and presenters include:

Succession Planning & Business Continuity: Rena Striegel, President of Transition Point Business Advisors and author of Building the Ultimate Network, will be speaking on “Key Elements of Succession and Continuity Planning: How to Ensure Your Operation Will Thrive During Transition”

Laying Pavers on the Road to Resilience: Charlotte Halvorson, certified occupational health nurse and Linda Emanuel, community health nurse and Nebraska farmer, AgriSafe Network will focus on healthy coping strategies and available resources

Caring for Parents without Putting Your Farm on Life Support: Nancy Lowenberg, vice president of commercial banking relations at US Bank in Cedar Rapids and Nancy Brannaman, sixth generation farm owner and manager of her family’s farm in Illinois

The 2019 conference capstone speaker is Kim Bremmer, a farm girl, mother, science junkie and ag advocate from Loyal, Wisconsin who will inspire with her presentation, Celebrating Women in Agriculture.

Early bird registration is $50 until July 24, and $70 after that date. Registration includes the pre-conference tour, evening welcome reception, continental breakfast, lunch, and snacks. Register online in advance, by mail, or from 7:15 a.m.-8:00 a.m. on the day of the conference. (Sorry, but no registration refunds will be possible.)

Early bird registration is required for those attending the Pre-Conference 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 www.iowawomeninag.org for a full Conference agenda and registration details.

The premier sponsor of the 2019 Iowa Women in Agriculture Conference is Farm Credit Services of America. To date, additional sponsors include: Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, Iowa Soybean Association, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Women in Ag, Iowa Pork Producers Association, Iowa Bankers Association, Iowa Cattlemen’s Association, and NEW Cooperative.