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Acres Of Opportunity Agenda

Acres Of Opportunity Agenda Acres of Opportunity is an Iowa Farm Bureau-inspired conference focusing on crop and livestock opportunities for new and small farmers and those interested in diversification.
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8:30 AM
Check In / Registration Open


9:00 AM
Welcome / Opening Remarks

Rena Striegel, Transition Point Business Advisors

10:00 AM
Morning Breakout Session 1

A. Financial Management and Loan Programs (Ballroom)
Mary Glaspie, Farm Service Agency

B. Vegetable Production (Room 122)
Kate Edwards, Wild Woods Farm

C. Growing Hops in Iowa (Room 123)
Keri Byrum, Cedar Falls Hops Company

D. Grass-Fed Beef (Room 124)
Lara Mangialardi & Jacob McGreal, McGreal Family Farms

E. Strawberries: Planting, Growing and Harvesting (Room 127)
David Kendell, Annie’s Acres

F. Meat Goats for Pasture, Profit and Personal Development (Room 128)
Aaron Steele, Goats on the Go

G. Agritourism: Food Safety Best Practices - Food, Farm and Consumer (Room 129)
Dr. Angela Shaw, ISU Extension & Outreach

11:00 AM
Morning Breakout Session 1 (Repeated)


12:00 NOON
Lunch


1:15 PM
Afternoon Breakout Session 2

A. Business Model Canvas (Ballroom)
Scott Swenson, America’s SBDC- Kirkwood

B. Taxes, Entities and Insurance (Room 122)
Jim McCarthy, Reid Hockenson & Jerry Serbousek, Farm Bureau Financial Services

C. Mushroom Production (Room 123)
Mike Mahoney, Rot's Bounty Gourmet Fungi LLC

D. Where Flowers Bloom (Room 124)
Lori and Jim Bochner, Bochner Farms

E. Pumpkin 101 (Room 127)
Katie Colony, Colony Pumpkin Patch

F. Marketing Direct from the Farm (Room 128)
Laura Cunningham, SkyView Farms

G. Agritourism: Beyond the Fine Print - Considering Legal Risks for Specialty Producers (Room 129)
Kitt Tovar, Iowa State university Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation

2:15 PM
Afternoon Breakout Session 2 (Repeated)


3:15 PM
Closing

Implementation and Resources Available
Scott Swenson and Amanda Van Steenwyk - Q & A Session

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