Tentative Agenda

Young Farmers


Join us for Iowa Farm Bureau's virtual 2021 Young Farmer Conference from the comfort of your own home! Download the Guidebook app to your phone for updated conference information and interaction with other young farmers. All sessions will be recorded for on-demand viewing.

Friday, January 29, 2021

7:00 PM
Welcome & Opening Comments – Mary Ebert, Young Farmer Chair
Meet the Young Farmer Advisory Committee and celebrate Young Farmer Award Winners for their accomplishments.

7:30 PM
Farmers are Just Like Real People – Zach Johnson, Minnesota Millennial Farmer
Zach is a fifth-generation farmer who’s spent his life growing, working, and learning on his family’s farm. A product of the millennial generation, his appreciation of new technology blends with his old-fashioned work ethic to help ensure that the farm will continue to grow and succeed long into the future. His vision is to build the connection between farmers and consumers. Zach's mission is to become a national voice for agriculture, provide farmer to farmer education, and facilitate a collaborative conversation between farmers and the public.

8:15 PM
Break

8:30 PM
Breakout Sessions  (See below for descriptions.)
Select from one of four live breakout sessions. You will be able to ask questions in real time. All sessions will be recorded for on-demand viewing.

9:30 PM
Grow Your Future Award Pitch-off & Voting
Iowa Farm Bureau's Grow Your Future award celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit of young farmers and encourage the development and growth of ag-related endeavors. Watch the six finalists pitch their business and cast your vote for the winner!

10:00 PM
Adjourn

Saturday, January 30, 2021

6:15 PM
Virtual Happy Hour
Join a small group of young farmers from around the state for informal conversation and to compare notes on what’s going on in their world.

7:00 PM
Opening Comments – Shonda Hahn, Young Farmer Vice Chair
More Young Farmer Award Winner recognition and Grow Your Future Award winners announced.

7:20 PM
Break


7:30 PM
Breakout Sessions – (See below for descriptions.)
Select from one of four live breakout sessions. You will be able to ask questions in real time. All sessions will be recorded for on-demand viewing.

8:20 PM Break

8:40 PM
Uncrapify Your Future! – Jeff Havens
Jeff Havens is not your typical business growth expert. He is the only business growth expert who provides serious solutions in a seriously funny way. But even more than that, Jeff makes things easy. You are constantly being asked to do more with less, so the last thing you need is someone to tell you how difficult your challenges are. Jeff simplifies seemingly complex problems in a way that will provide you with a fresh perspective that runs counter to conventional wisdom.

9:25 PM
Closing Comments – Shonda Hahn, Young Farmer Vice Chair

9:30 PM
Adjourn

Breakout Sessions

Friday, January 29 – 8:30 PM

Families Working Together 
Dr. Larry Tranel – Dairy Specialist, Iowa State University Extension & Outreach
The family farm isn’t just run by the adults. There can be a great deal of stress when you have different personalities working together, but it’s important to keep the next generation of farmers involved in the day to day operations. Learn how you can work as a family to teach, learn, and grow your operation together.

On the Farm? No Farm Experience? No Problem!
Erin Brenneman – Farmer, Blogger and Public Relations Specialist, Brenneman Pork

The family farm isn’t just run by the adults. There can be a great deal of stress when you have different personalities working together, but it’s important to keep the next generation of farmers involved in the day to day operations. Learn how you can work as a family to teach, learn, and grow your operation together.

Hay Production and Marketing
Levi Shetler – LS Hay Company, Adair County
You’ve got your hay… now what? Learn how to successfully market your hay supply.

Farm Recovery – Overcoming Financial Disasters
Brian Gossling – Farm Loan Chief, Farm Service Agency
2020 has proved to us that no one is immune from disasters, not even farmers. Learn more about how to finance bins and buildings, take advantage of disaster programs, understand CCC grain selling programs, and more.

Saturday, January 30 – 7:30 PM

Building a Modern Hog Facility
Shelly Bergeson – Project Development Manager, Cactus Feeders
Ever wonder if contract hog production would be the right fit for your farming operation? Ask questions, learn what steps are involved, what integrators are looking for and how to start exploring your options.

Investing Off the Farm
Corey Hodges – Financial Advisor, Farm Bureau Financial Services
Looking to expand your operation and invest off the farm? Learn how to make smart investments while managing your money.

Stop the Bleed
Brian Feist – Trauma Care Specialist, Iowa Methodist Medical Center
Injuries on the farm can be frequent and fatal. Review quick actions you can take to stop serious bleeding. Save a life!

Embracing the Family Farm
Erin Brenneman – Farmer, Blogger and Public Relations Specialist, Brenneman Pork
Struggling with ways to involve your kids on the farm? Learn how to engage with the family and still be productive in the day to day operations (without burning out the family!).


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