Conference Agenda

Conference Agenda Tentative agenda for the Young Farmer Conference

Young Farmers

Friday, February 1, 2019

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

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

1. Bare Bison (This tour is full.)
2. Ziegler CAT Altoona Plant (This tour is full.)
3. Market To Market Live Studio (departs at 2:00) (This tour is full.)
4. Maytag Dairy (This tour is full.)
5. Kemin Industries (This tour is full.)
6. Bayer (Monsanto) (This tour is full.)                                

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
Dinner (sponsored by Farm Bureau Financial Services)
Welcome Young Farmer Chair Michael Jackson & Iowa Farm Bureau President Craig Hill
Supervised activities for kids during evening speakers

7:30 PM
Reignite your Passion! Mark Lindquist, Inspirational Speaker
We work all the time, and we could all use a little jolt from time to time. This session may be the only time all year when you take a moment to reflect on the things you need to do to reignite the passion that brought you into your profession in the first place. World-touring entertainer and actor Mark Lindquist will send you out the door on fire. Mark is a former Sergeant in the United States Air Force and an Afghanistan War Veteran, motivational speaker and Star-Spangled Banner singer extraordinaire who performs the national anthem for collegiate and professional sports teams.

8:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Young Farmer Fun –
The Dueling Pianos of Andy & Mike
Andy and Mike provide a night of high-energy, dueling piano entertainment. Prepare for complete crowd participation of all ages – everyone can be a part of the show in one way or another. The show is full of music, comedy, hilarious crowd skits, dancing, videos and much much more… The music performed during the show is all-requested songs (by the crowd) anywhere from the 1950’s to today of any genre. Sit back, socialize, and enjoy the show!

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

Saturday, February 2, 2019

6:30 AM
Registration & breakfast buffet

7:30 AM - 8:15 PM
Childcare opens, kids gather for day activities

8:00 AM
Morning Welcome
AFBF President Zippy Duvall (recorded), Gov. Kim Reynolds (invited)

8:30 AM
District Gatherings facilitated by Gatherings facilitated by YFAC District Representatives
Meet your Young Farmer Advisory Committee representatives and 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 SessionsRound 1

11:15 AM
Breakout SessionsRound 2

12:30 PM
Lunch - Sponsored by Growmark


1:45 PM
Breakout SessionsRound 3

2:45 PM

3:00 PM
Discussion Meet Round 1
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! (See back page for more information.)

4:15 PM
Discussion Meet Round 2

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Alternatives to the Discussion Meet
Afternoon Session 1 – Exploring Value-Added Opportunities
Hansen Dairy, Jordan & Blake Hansen; Roaming Ribeye, Philip & Meaghin Vossberg; Deal’s Orchard, Chris Deal; Facilitator, Amanda Van Steenwyk, IFBF Starting a value-added agriculture business is a very exciting opportunity that also comes with hurdles and challenges. These farmers and business owners, who have found their niche with a value-added agriculture business, share their successes and challenges.

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Afternoon Session 2 – Fostering Landowner-Tenant Relationships
Colin Johnson, Wapello County Farmer; Ian & Val Plagge, Franklin County Farmers; Facilitator, Tim Christensen, Farm Management Specialist, ISU Extension Leasing farmland is a significant part of many young farmers’ operations. Making long-term, positive relationships with landlords is vital to continued success and growth. Just as with any relationship, there are a set of principles that guide the relationship. Learn the statistics of Iowa’s landowners and what it means for young farmers. Colin, Ian and Val will share their experiences building and developing relationships with landowners.

5:00 PM
Social Hour

6:00 PM
Sponsored by Farm Credit Services of America (supervised activities for children during evening speakers)

farm credit services of america

7:00 PM
When You Laugh You Win Leslie Norris Townsend, Comedian
Agriculture humor from a unique perspective as Green Acres comes to life! In the classic fish-out-of-water tale, Leslie moved from Hollywood to rural Ohio to live and work on her family’s 100-year-old farm. She is raising her family in rural America on little money and no farm experience by using lots of laughs and accepting her surroundings. She teaches you the lessons learned by laughing through adversities.

8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Casino Night
You can roll the dice, bet the house or double down, all with our funny money. 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.

8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Future Young Farmer Fun
Games and activities will be provided for children. Awesome prizes will be awarded to all child participants! Children must be accompanied by an adult if they attend.

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