Breakout Sessions - Round 1

A. You want to do what?!? How to promote and implement change in your operation.

Rena Striegel, President, Transition Point Business Advisors
Whether it’s technology, livestock breed or seed brand - change can be challenging for those that have been on the operation for many years. Learn how to approach and encourage conversations about change with all generations involved on the farm.

B. Alternative Protein
Speaker TBA
How does consumer interest in alternative proteins affect the Iowa farmer? What can we as farmers and advocates for the industry do? As producers, we must continue to show the benefits of animal protein and help consumers feel good about eating it.

C. What’s Your Cover Crop Recipe?
Mark Licht, Assistant Professor & Extension Cropping System Specialist, ISU Extension and Outreach
Iowa has 4-5% of its grid-x crop acres being planted into cover crops. Come learn how you can increase that number by starting cover crops on your farm. If you are in the 4-5%, come and learn how to improve your recipe to yield the best results.

D. Where is the Balance with Farm, Work, and Family?
Addie Yoder, Life Coach, Grace and Growth with Addie
Between all the hats we wear - farmer, professional, spouse, parent, son/daughter - and the pressure to do ALL things perfectly, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Learn strategies to help get through the busy times - and everyday life - and remain well-balanced.

E. Produce: What? Where? And When?
Kate Edwards, Wild Wood Farms, Johnson County & Carmen Black, Sundog Farm and Local Harvest CSA, Johnson County
Learn from two experienced vegetables farmers the things to consider, whether you are an amateur gardener wanting to learn more about the basics or you want to take your vegetable production to the next level.

F. What is your Operation’s TRUE Break Even?
Angie Treptow, Regional Vice President, Farm Credit Services of America
If a farm has a positive cash flow, does that mean it is profitable? Learn how to evaluate your cash flow and profitability and what it all means to the long-term success of your farming operation.

G. Grain Marketing: The Basics
Dave Lechtenberg, Price Risk Management Advisor, Advance Trading, Inc.
Grain marketing can be overwhelming, and with today’s tight margins it’s important to create a well thought out marketing plan. Learn the basics to get started on grain marketing that makes a difference to your bottom line.

H. Moving your Meat: Farm to Fork
Laura Cunningham, Floyd County, SkyView Farms
Marketing directly to consumers has its advantages and challenges. Hear from Laura, who markets beef directly to consumers, tips to reach your target market and overcome the obstacles of working directly with the consumer.

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