If you are farming, own farmland, manage a farm or are involved in an ag-related finance or input supply business, you'll want to plan to attend one of the Ag Outlook & Management Seminars scheduled for various Iowa locations during November and December. The series gets started November 2 with meetings in northwest Iowa.
There are 14 ISU Ag Outlook & Management Seminar statewide sites. Dates and locations are listed on the Iowa State University Extension Ag Decision Maker home page. To find the closest one near you, click on this link and you will find the dates and sites.
Marketing and price outlook for crops and livestock for the coming year will be presented. A farm management update will cover such topics as farmland leasing, crop insurance, land values and other farm business information to help you make better decisions in 2013. Income tax planning for 2012 tax year and other ag-related tax issues will also be covered at these day-long meetings.
Various locations for this fall's Ag Outlook & Management Seminars to be held around Iowa
Keynote speaker for the corn and soybean outlook and grain marketing management presentation is Chad Hart, ISU Extension grain marketing economist. Keynote speaker for swine and beef outlook information and marketing management is Lee Schulz, ISU Extension livestock marketing economist.
In central Iowa the seminar will be held on Friday, November 9, 2012. Brought to you by Iowa State University Extension, that day's meeting has a lineup of interesting topics and speakers. It will be held at the Polk County Extension Office located at 1625 Adventureland Drive in Altoona, on the northeast edge of Des Moines.
At the Altoona site, where a live webinar will be broadcast from, the two ISU Extension economists will present the swine and beef price outlooks. The farm management update will be presented by ISU Extension farm and ag business management specialist Steve Johnson. Farm income tax planning will be discussed by ISU ag law professor Roger McEowen, of the ISU Center for Ag Law and Taxation at Ames.
Please pre-register for central Iowa ag outlook seminar to be held November 9
The day's activities will start at 8:30 a.m. with registration and coffee and rolls; program begins at 9 a.m. The meeting will break for lunch at noon to enjoy a catered lunch from The Big Steer. The program will start again at 1 p.m. and concludes at 3:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Polk County Extension and Outreach office, 1625 Adventureland Drive, Suite A, Altoona, Iowa 50009.
Registration fee is $35 per person or $50 per couple, payable at door on November 9. However, you're asked to please pre-register now or before November 7 to help provide an accurate estimate of attendance for meal planning and meeting preparation. You can pre-register by calling the Polk County Extension office at 515-957-5760.
Farm Business Succession Workshop is Dec. 7 & 8; register now
ISU Extension is also sponsoring a Farm Business Succession workshop for farm families in early December. The two-day conference, on December 7 and 8 will focus on helping farm families plan for the next generation to take over the farming operation. Seating will be limited to 15 families, so don't wait to pre-register. Do it now to assure that you will have a spot and will be able to attend. Here's the agenda for both days:
Friday - 1:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Communication within the family
Wants: What is important?
Needs, Expectations and Fears of Succession Planning
Retirement: If & When
Statement of Intentions and Visioning: What I want in the Future
Saturday - 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Effective Family Business Meetings
Critical Path Method: Putting it all Together
How do Legal Entities Fit In?
Conference Speakers: John Baker, attorney-at-law and David Baker, farm transition specialist, both with the ISU Beginning Farmer Center. Please pre-register by Monday, December 3 by calling (515) 957-5760. Seating is limited to 15 families so please don't wait to register. Fee of $150 for a family of up to 4 members must be pre-paid by December 3, 2012.