Conference Agenda

Conference Agenda Tentative agenda for the Young Farmer Conference

Policy Development and Issue Surfacing

Friday, February 2, 2018

1:00 PM
Tour Check-in (Pre-registration required.)

1:30 PM
Industry Tours depart from hotel (Tours are for adults only, except Meals from the Heartland. We are unable to offer daycare during this time.)

1. ISU Biorenewable Facilities (Registration Full)
2. Ziegler CAT Altoona Plant (Registration Full)
3. Iowa Culinary Institute (Registration Full)
4. John Deere Des Moines Works (Registration Full)
5. Picket Fence Creamery                                       

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Tours return

4:30 PM
Registration & Social Hour (cash bar)
Iowa Food Banks food drive & fundraiser - Apparel sales

6:00 PM
Welcome Young Farmer Chair Laura Cunningham & Iowa Farm Bureau President Craig Hill
Supervised activities for kids during evening speakers

7:30 PM
Life is a Highway… Roll on! Katie Dilse, Inspirational Speaker
It is hard to plan for life’s bumps in the road, but Katie is here to remind you to keep an eye on your dashboard. Katie resides on a farm in North Dakota with her husband and four boys. She understands the grinds of agriculture production and the breakdowns along the way. She inspires through her experiences of overcoming obstacles and celebrating the wins. Being a business owner, wife, mother, farmer and big rig driver, Katie brings her vast life experiences to the stage. Just as her farm feeds the world, her passion for life will feed your soul.

8:30 - 10:00 PM
Casino Night
You can roll the dice, bet the house or double down, all with our funny money. There’s even Bingo for the tamer players. At the end of the night, cash in your winnings for raffle tickets for an array of VERY nice prizes. Everyone goes home a winner after a night of fun and games with your fellow young farmers.

8:30 - 10:00 PM
Family Movie Night
Relax with your family, and other Young Farmer families with some movie popcorn and watch Despicable Me!

Saturday, February 3, 2018

7:00 AM
Registration & breakfast buffet

7:30 - 8:15 PM

Daycare opens, kids gather for day activities

8:00 AM
Morning Welcome, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig

8:30 AM
District Gatherings facilitated by YFAC District Representatives
Meet your Young Farmer Advisory Committee representatives and others from neighboring counties. Expand your personal network of young farmer friends and contacts. If it’s your first time at the conference, this will help you navigate through the agenda choices.                                                                                                                                                                        

9:30 AM

10:00 AM
Breakout Sessions – Round 1

11:15 AM
Breakout Sessions – Round 2

12:30 PM
Lunch - Sponsored by Growmark


1:45 PM
Breakout Sessions – Round 3

2:45 PM

3:00 PM
Discussion Meet Round 1    
Spectators encouraged at both rounds of the Discussion Meet!
Join others interested in today’s critical issues for a free-wheeling discussion that helps you build communication skills, develop an understanding of important ag issues and explore how to pool knowledge to solve problems. Contestants and spectators will both learn a lot! Sponsored by John Deere.

John Deere

4:15 PM
Discussion Meet Round 2

3:00-4:30 PM
Alternatives to the Discussion Meet
Afternoon Session 1 – Women of Farm Families Panel
Leanne Kading, Adair County; Bonnie Vos, Mahaska County; and Renee Adams, Jones County
Women of farm families play a variety of different roles: wife, mom, tractor driver, meal deliverer, bookkeeper, professional, etc., and it can be very overwhelming. This panel of women have experienced the most stressful days, as well as the most rewarding. Listen to their stories and experiences from participating in the family operation to balancing family, farming and life.                                                                                                                                                                        

3:00-4:30 PM
Afternoon Session 2 – Multi-Generational Farmer Panel
Tom Jackson, Mahaska County; Larry Alliger, Webster County; and Stacie Euken, Cass County
Today our farm families have multiple generations actively involved in their operation. Each generation has experienced dynamic economic events that have led to successes and failures. Learn how different generations have overcome the tough times, prepared for the future and appreciated the successes of farming.

5:00 PM
Social Hour

Sponsored by Farm Credit Services of America

farm credit services of america

7:00 PM
Opportunities and Platforms: Overcoming Adversity - Aaron Thomas
A man whose family—and community—were shattered by a profound personal loss, Aaron Thomas is an inspiring example of courage, resilience and the very best of the human spirit.  Having made it through tremendous adversity, Thomas shares the importance of living a life of passion and meaning while challenging audiences to set the goals necessary to stand out in both life and business. Thomas currently resides in Parkersburg, Iowa, and is the Principal and Head Basketball Coach at Aplington-Parkersburg High School.

8:00 - 10:00 PM
Young Farmer Fun – Farm Olympics, Networking, Cash Bar
Roll up your sleeves, and put your game face on. It’s time for the 2018 Farm Olympics! Mixed teams will churn butter, take a walk through a pasture, dress a scarecrow and more! Fun for spectators, too.

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