Whether you are a beginning farmer, an experienced farmer or someone with hopes of farming in the future, the 2013 Beginning Farmers Conference is for you. Scheduled for February 2, this year's conference will again be held at the Scheman Building on the Iowa State University campus in Ames. It is sponsored by ISU's Beginning Farmers Network, with the help of a number of agencies and companies involved in Iowa agriculture, including Wallaces Farmer magazine.
"The Beginning Farmers Network is a student-led organization that helps individuals planning to become involved in production agriculture," explains Brent Drey, a junior in agronomy at ISU. He is president of the network this year. "This conference also is beneficial to those people who are already established in production agriculture as we have a number of knowledgeable speakers and interesting topics lined up for our conference program. They will cover issues and present information pertinent to the 2013 production year."
If you haven't already registered, preregistration (see online link and phone number below) as soon as possible is advised. The conference will begin at 9 a.m. with late registration at 8:30 a.m. The day-long program features nine breakout sessions given by educators and other professionals in the agriculture industry. Mike Pearson, host of the Iowa Public Television show Market to Market, will deliver the keynote address.
Breakout sessions will include:
* 2013 Livestock Market Outlook, by Lee Schulz, assistant professor of economics and ISU Extension livestock economist
* Farm Succession Planning 2013 and Beyond, by David Baker, ISU Extension field specialist
* The Farm Bill and What Its Changes Mean for You, by John Whittaker, director of USDA's Farm Service Agency in Iowa
* 2013 Crop Market Outlook, by Chad Hart, associate professor of economics and ISU Extension grain marketing economist
* Financing Opportunities for Beginning Farmers, by Steve Ferguson, director of the Iowa Agricultural Development Authority, and Brian Gossling, chief loan program specialist with the USDA Farm Service Agency in Iowa
* Farm Business Risk Analysis, by William Edwards, professor of economics and ISU Extension economist
* Competitive Land Leasing Tactics, by Mark Gannon, owner, Gannon Real Estate & Consulting of Ames
Admission is $25 for students and $40 for non-students. Registration after Jan. 25, or at the door, will be $10 more. Lunch is included. To register, click here or call 515-294-6222.