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Breakout Sessions - Round 2

Breakout Sessions - Round 2 Iowa Farm Bureau Young Farmer Conference Breakout Session descriptions
A. First Aid and Safety

Brad Kruse, Agriculture Safety and Rescue Instructor
Safety is a top priority on the farm but accidents still happen. Prepare yourself with knowledge and the best strategy in the event of an accident.


B. Financial Management Strategies for Your Farming Operation
Angie Treptow, Regional Vice President, Farm Credit Services of America
Learn how your financial statements tell the strength of your operation, the meaning of the ratios, and how you can use that information to make management decisions and communicate with business partners.


C. Explore Livestock Opportunities
Aaron Steele, Co-Owner, Goats on The Go and Scott Sibbel, Niman Ranch farmer, Carroll County
Interested in non-traditional livestock operations? Learn more about owning your own targeted grazing business with Aaron. Scott will share his experience as a Niman Ranch livestock producer.


D. In-Law or Out-Law…You Decide!
Rena Striegel, President, Transition Point Business Advisors
Managing family and farm dynamics can be a challenge for the incoming generation ­– especially if you are an in-law. This session will cover strategies for working and communicating with family in today’s complex agricultural environment through all stages of the transition process.


E. Add Value to Your Business
Justin Akers, Regional Director, Mid Iowa Small Business Development Center
Want to do more with your current operation? Hear from other agri-business owners about their experiences with the value-added process.


F. Agriculture in the Classroom: What You Can Do!
Cindy Hall, Education Program Manager, and Chrissy Rhodes, Education Program Coordinator, for Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation
Interested in helping young people learn about agriculture, but not sure where to start? During this hands-on session you’ll gather ideas, resources, and easy ag-learning activities to share in your community. Whether you’re looking for a way to engage families at a community event, are interested in doing classroom programs or virtual fieldtrips, or want ideas to help older students learn about agriculture careers – this is the session for you!


G. Livestock Nutrition on a Budget (Repeated)
David Reuber, Beef Enterprise Consultant, Innovative Ag Services


H. Wanted: Leaders for Our Future
Mary Foley Balvanz, Leadership Training Manager, Iowa Farm Bureau 
Don’t sit back and hope good things happen. Get involved to help create the future you want for your farm, family and community. Learn leadership skills to make a difference, and how Farm Bureau involvement can amplify your efforts.

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