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Iowa Women in Agriculture annual conference to be held July 29

Published: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 11:08 a.m. CDT

“Bridging the Gap, It’s Everyone’s Ag” is the theme of the eighth annual Iowa Women in Agriculture Conference July 29 at the FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny.

Conference topics will address a range of challenges faced by women in farming today: marketing, financial risk management, estate and transition planning, health insurance and taxes, leasing land, beginning farmer programs and the care and handling of big data.

Jolene Brown of West Branch, farmer, author and popular speaker, will speak on the topic of “Who’s Hiding the Humor?”

The conference will kick off at 8 a.m. and conclude at 5 p.m. Scheduled workshops and presenters include:

• Beginning and Advanced Farm Management/Leasing; Don Kearn and Glen Smith, Smith Land Service Co.

• Helping New Farmers Gain a Foothold; Steve Ferguson, Iowa Agricultural Development Authority

• Maximizing Big Data in Your Operation; Chris Gaesser, Lenox farmer

• Deciphering Health Insurance and Taxes; Kirk Bond, Accounting and Tax Professionals

• FarmHer: Updating the Face of Agriculture; Marji Guyler-Alaniz

• Beginning and Advanced Marketing; Elaine Kub, Kub Assest Advisory

• Nutrient and Management Strategies; Dean Lemke, Agribusiness Association of Iowa

• Staying in the Know: Ag Finance; Angie Treptow, Farm Credit Services of America

• Estate Planning Done Right: Your Farm, Your Family, Your Plan; Paul Polkers, Midwest Capital, Inc.

A complimentary wine and cheese welcome networking reception will be held 5 to 7 p.m. July 28 at Courtyard by Marriott Ankeny. Conference registration begins at 7:30 a.m. July 29.

The cost of the conference is $70, including the evening welcome reception, continental breakfast and lunch. Registration is due by July 21. No refunds. All early paid registrants are eligible to win a free iPad Mini.

For more information, contact IWIA President Deb Schuler at Smith Land Service Co., 712-249-4321 or 712-243-4444 or visit

Conference sponsors include: Premier sponsor Farm Credit Services of America, DuPont Pioneer, Iowa Pork Producers Association, Iowa Soybean Association, Smith Land Service Co., Iowa Farm Bureau Federation and Iowa Bankers Association.

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