Ventures: Connections and Conversations in Ag

Join us at Ventures: Connections and Conversations in Ag, the second annual event offered by Landus Cooperative for women in agriculture. Connect with other women for conversations, education, and decision-making support. Industry experts will join the conversations as you continue to grow your network. 

Early bird rate ends February 17th. Purchase before the deadline for a discount on your hotel room rate!

Tickets:
Early-bird MEMBER ticket $40 Available until Feb. 17th
Early-bird NON-member ticket $100 Available until Feb. 17th
MEMBER ticket $55
NON-member ticket $115
Pre-Conference/Meredith Tour ticket $25 Capped at 25 people

Accommodations:

A block of rooms is reserved at

SHERATON WEST DES MOINES
1800 50TH St. West Des Moines, IA 50266

Rate: $189 plus tax

Early bird rate: $149 plus tax (available until Feb. 17th)

*You will book your room under the $189 rate, however Landus Cooperative will cover $40 if your room is reserved before Feb. 17th. 

 

Reserve your room by calling 515-457-2127 or book online.

 

Conference Agenda: (Open PDF agenda and view speaker bios)

Conference Agenda
Pre-Conference: Friday, March 22nd
2PM Registration Open
2:15PM Depart for Tour Tour Meredith Corporation office, test kitchen and studio.  (additional $25 fee applies – tour capped at 25 people)
Meredith Corporation, a print and digital media company, was founded in 1902 with the introduction of Successful Farming. Meredith owns 40 magazines to go with its 17 television stations and 50 websites. On this tour you will see the photo studio and test kitchen for Better Homes and Gardens, Country Home, Wood and Midwest Living, Family Circle, Parents, Shape, Allrecipes, Martha Stewart Living and Magnolia Journal, among other publications.
4:30PM – 5:45PM Concurrent Session I Breakout options A or B
A: Basics of Crop Insurance

Lori Reifschneider, Farm Credit Services of America

Feel better prepared to buy the right crop insurance.

B: Creative Hedging

Jake Moline, INTL FCStone Inc.

Dive into the specifics of puts and calls, helping you learn how to get more creative with hedging.

6:30PM Experience Iowa Night Lisa Shimkat, Iowa Small Business Development Center

Experience Iowa-based producers, including wineries, breweries, creameries and more, while learning about Iowa-based small businesses as you taste samples of their products for sale. Enjoy all things Iowa, connect with other women in ag, and have a little fun in this farmer’s market atmosphere!

8:30PM Conclude
Conference: Saturday, March 23rd
7:30AM Registration Open
8:30AM General Session
8:45AM Keynote Chinese & Export Market Update/Special Guest (tentative)
9:00AM Keynote Grain Marketing Square Zero

Cheyenne Dunham and Sam Wingrove, Landus Cooperative

Looking at contracts offered to help producers market profitably.

10:30AM Break
10:45AM Concurrent Session II Breakout options A, B, C, D
A: Basics of Crop Insurance

Lori Reifschneider, Farm Credit Services of America

Feel better prepared to buy the right crop insurance.

B: Creative Hedging

Jake Moline, INTL FCStone Inc.

Dive into the specifics of puts and calls, helping you learn how to get more creative with hedging.

C: Farm Management 101

Lori Herrstrom and Holly Betten, Landus Cooperative

Tips on managing the people on your farm and employee relations.

D: Ag Loans 101

Karen Turner and Shayla Troendle, Farm Credit Services of America

Feel better prepared to apply for loans and better understand expectations and needs of a banker before meeting with them.

12PM Lunch General Session Keynote Address – Mental Health in a Tough Farm Economy
1:30PM Break
1:45PM Concurrent Session III Breakout options C, D, E, F
C: Farm Management 101Lori Herrstrom and Holly Betten, Landus Cooperative

Tips on managing the people on your farm and employee relations.

D: Ag Loans 101

Karen Turner and Shayla Troendle, Farm Credit Services of America

Feel better prepared to apply for loans and better understand expectations and needs of a banker before meeting with them.

E: Looking at the Future: Changes in our Livestock Industry

Megan Bible, Furst McNess

Discuss industry regulations, VFDs how they have been changing and will continuing to change, African Swine Flu, the modern pig and impacts of increasing occurrences of micro-toxins in feed.

F: Spring Agronomy Decisions 101

Meaghan Anderson, ISU Extension Field Agronomist
Carolyn Opperman, Landus Cooperative

How to spend effectively: seed selection/pre/post emerge/custom application services.

3PM General Session Keynote Address Producer Panel

Moderator: Alicia Heun, Landus Cooperative
April Hemmes, United Soybean Association Board
Jenni Peters, National Cattlemen’s Beef Board and Iowa Beef Industry Council
Jolene Riessen, Iowa Corn Growers Association Board
Jen Sorensen, National Pork Producers Council Board and iowa Pork Producers Association

Featuring female farmers who are also involved in leadership roles in our state’s commodity organizations. Learn how to get involved and how it can positively impact your operation.

4:30PM Closing remarks Conference Adjourns

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