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8:30 AM
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9:00 AM
Welcome /KEYNOTE

Brent Johnson
, President, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation

Rob SharkeySharks Don't Swim Backwards

Rob Sharkey, known in digital circles as The Shark Farmer, is not your average Illinois grain farmer. He’s a disruptor who is unwavering in his ability to directly address controversial topics.

10:15 AM
Morning Breakout Sessions

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  1. Beginning Farmer Loan Programs
    Denver Schultz, Farm Loan Officer, Farm Service Agency
     Great Hall

  2. Building a Farm Brand
    Melissa Nelson, Hungry Canyon & Morningside University
    Campanile Room

  3. Raising and Selling Meat Birds 
    Ashley and Zachary Wenke, Pleasant Grove Homestead 
    Cardinal Room

  4. Growing Produce in Iowa 
    Greg Rinehart, Rinehart Family Farms
  5. Room 3580

  6. Growing a Cut Flower Farm
    Morgan Hibbs, HB Farms Flower & Beef LLC
    Room 3560

11:15 AM
Morning Breakout SessionS (Repeated)

12:15 PM

1:30 PM
Afternoon Breakout SessionS

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  1. Building Your Business Plan
    Mitchell Kearns, America’s SBDC-Iowa
    Great Hall

  2. Multi-Species Farm Operation
    Wendy Johnson, Joia Food & Fiber Farm
    Campanile Room

  3. Raising and Selling Egg Layers
    Ashley and Zachary Wenke, Pleasant Grove Homestead
    Cardinal Room

  4. Meat Goat Production
    Deb & Eric Finch, Finch Livestock
    Adam Ledvina, Iowa Kiko Goats
    Room 3580

  5. Beekeeping Basics
    Sara Todd, The Holton Homestead
    Room 3560

  6. Starting Your Trucking Business
    Cody and Marena Henkle, Henkle Honker Farms LLC
    Gold Room

2:30 PM
Afternoon Breakout SessionS (Repeated)

3:45 PM

Finding a Calling in Food and Technology
Clayton Mooney, Co-Founder and Chief Farmer, Clayton Farms 

Clayton Mooney is Co-Founder and Chief Farmer of Clayton Farms (formerly Nebullam), which builds indoor farms that sell healthier food direct-to-consumer. When not building technology companies, Clayton competes in ultra-marathon trail races throughout the United States and coaches boxing at Iowa State University.

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