Acres Of Opportunity Agenda

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8:30 AM
Check In / Registration Open


9:00 AM
Welcome /KEYNOTE


Brent Johnson
, President, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation

Matt BoothChase Your Dreams

Learn how to not only set goals but how to achieve them. Goal setting is an area with which most everyone is somewhat familiar. When you know how to set and achieve your goals, you’re in charge of your life ... you determine the direction in which you’ll sail. This goal setting seminar can help you take control of your personal and professional life—attitude, relationships, time management, health and fitness, communication, and finances—so that you determine where you’re going.


10:15 AM
Morning Breakout SessionS

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  1. Financial Management and Loan Programs
    Mary Glaspie, Farm Loan Manager, Farm Service Agency

  2. Growing Hops in Iowa
    Keri Byrum, Cedar Falls Hops Company 

  3. Meat Goat Production
    Deb and Eric Finch, Finch Livestock

  4. Pasture Management and Soil Health
    Randy Gamble, Madison County Farmer

  5. Introduction to Vegetable Production
    Matt Kroul, Kroul Farms

  6. Strawberries: A Berry Good Opportunity
    David Kendall, Annie’s Acres 

11:15 AM
Morning Breakout SessionS (Repeated)


12:15 PM
Lunch


1:30 PM
Afternoon Breakout SessionS

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  1. Selling at the Farmer's Market
    Kurt Rueber, Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals

  2. Legal Considerations for Starting or Expanding Your Business
    Erin Herbold Swalwell, FBFS

  3. Niche Livestock Opportunities
    Anthony Scheer , Field Agent, Niman Ranch
    Deleana Roseland , Marshall County Farmer
    Bryanna & Benjamin Harner, Louisa County Farmers

  4. Pumpkins 101
    Katie and Dean Colony, Colony Pumpkin Patch, North Liberty, IA 

  5. Entrepreneurial Thinking for Your Ag Operation
    Michael Wampler, America’s SBDC- Kirkwood

  6. Flourish with a Flower Farm: Learn about Starting and Growing Flowers
    Anna Hankins and Shae Pesek, Over the Moon Farm and Flowers

2:30 PM
Afternoon Breakout SessionS (Repeated)


3:30 PM
Closing - IMPLEMENTATION AND RESOURCES AVAILABLE

 - Jared Achen, Chop Local

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