Registration Now Open for “Ventures: Connections & Conversations in Ag”

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EARLY BIRD EXTENDED UNTIL DEC. 18th!

  • Members/Customers: $40
  • Non-Members: $100

After Dec. 18

  • Members/Customers: $55
  • Non-Members: $115

 

Drury Inn & Suites West Des Moines
5505 Mills Civic Parkway
West Des Moines, IA 50266

 

Agenda

Friday Jan. 5th

4:00pm – 7:00pm    Registration                    

6:30pm – 8:00pm    Sip. Savor. Socialize. Conversations with Spirits

Iowa agriculture is more than just corn and beans. Learn about Iowa vineyard operations while you sip and sample delectable wine, beer, and food pairings at this networking and educational event.

                                       

Saturday Jan. 6th Full day

6:30am – 8:30am        Breakfast

 

8:15am – 8:30am               Welcome

 

8:30am – 10:00am      General Session: “Working with You is Killing Me.”

A difficult person can test your limits. But in order to be successful in your pursuits you must learn to become effective in communicating with the “problem” people in your life. Keynote speaker Kathy Peterson will get the crowd engaged throughout this energetic, entertaining, and educational session designed to give you the tools you need to have difficult discussions effectively, and enhance your relationships with even the most problematic people. Take advantage of Kathy’s experience working with agricultural companies and industry leaders, and from working on her own family farm in Buena Vista County, Iowa.

 

10:00am – 10:30am           Break and Networking

 

10:30am – 11:45am   Breakout Session 1

·        Grain Contracts Basics

Bring your questions to this interactive session. We’ll start with basics like ‘how does a cash contract work?’ This is a great, low key and relaxed session if you’re just getting started with grain marketing.

·        “Land as Your Legacy” Estate Planning Session

Do you have a plan? Transitioning your family farm to the next generation can be overwhelming without a solid plan in place. Now is the time to start. During this session, each participant will receive a toolkit and book they can use as they map out their own family’s plan, and chart a route for the future of the farm.

·        Achieve Economic Sustainability with Agronomic Insight

Put your field data to work for your bottom line. This breakout session will focus on precision tools and the benefits of variable rate technology. We’ll talk about how to put the right product on the right acre for a positive return on investment and long-term economic sustainability.

·        Workman’s Comp, Insurance, and Liability Coverage, Oh My!

As your business grows and changes, what do you need to do to protect yourself, your operation and your employees while staying in regulatory compliance? This session focuses on administration and the human resources side of farm management.

 

11:45am – 12:30pm   Lunch and Speaker: Taking the Reins in Cooperative Leadership             

Hear from Sue Tronchetti, the first female member of the Landus Cooperative Board of Directors, as she shares the story of her pursuit to inspire women to lead, especially in the agricultural and cooperative industries.

                                         

12:30pm – 2:00pm     General Session: “What I Wish I Had Known”

More than 32,000 women in Iowa farm. What if you became one of those women running the entire operation on your own? Hear firsthand from a panel of female farmers in a variety of family situations who have taken on a leadership role on the farm. Bring your notebook to make your own preparation list, and get ready to be inspired by their stories of leadership, strength, and personal growth.

 

2:00pm – 2:15pm   Break and Networking

 

2:15pm – 3:30pm    Breakout Sessions

·        Advanced Grain Contracts

Ready to take your grain marketing plan to the next level? This session digs into the ins and outs of more complicated risk management tools and gives participants a chance to share their own ideas, successes, and challenges in an interactive session.

·        “Land as Your Legacy” Estate Planning Session (repeated)

Do you have a plan? Transitioning your family farm to the next generation can be overwhelming without a solid plan in place. Now is the time to start. During this session, each participant will receive a toolkit and book they can use as they map out their own family’s plan, and chart a route for the future of the farm.

·        Best Practices for Livestock Health and Security

Whether your operation is looking to diversify by adding a swine, dairy, or beef operation, or you’re a long-time livestock veteran, this session will offer up-to-the-minute insights on biosecurity best practices, disease management and managing manure regulations.

·        Relationships and Money. Tips for Managing Tough Financial Conversations

Workshop participants gain practical guidance to improve financial communication that focuses on common goals, enhanced cooperation and commitment to last a lifetime. Get a better handle on budgeting and financial management with the tools and worksheets provided in this session.

 

3:30pm                   Departure