An educational forum focusing on issues vital to both new and experienced crop and livestock farmers will be held Tuesday, March 25 at the Gateway Hotel and Conference Center in Ames. "Farming Matters—An Iowa Crop and Livestock Forum" is sponsored by the Coalition to Support Iowa's Farmers, or CSIF.
Running from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the all day meeting will provide farmers with timely information needed to grow their livestock farms responsibly and successfully. The event is the fourth in a series of educational seminars offered by CSIF. More than 300 farmers have attended past forums held near the Amana Colonies, Cherokee and Mason City.
Seminar will cover critical issues
"It's an exciting time to be involved in crop and livestock farming, yet there are many critical issues that farmers must be mindful of as they look to grow for the future," says Kevin Vinchattle, who is serving this year as president of CSIF. Vinchattle is chief executive officer of the Iowa Poultry Association. "The forum is a continuation of our work at CSIF to provide farmers with timely information so they can make sound decisions that benefit their families and communities."
"Farming Matters" will offer attendees insight on effectively managing rising energy and input prices, communicating livestock issues and enhancing neighbor relations between farmers and their neighbors. Other topics will include a timely review of livestock rules and regulations and tips for successfully starting a new livestock farm or growing an existing one.
Experts will be on hand to discuss livestock, feed, manure management, lending and financial issues throughout the day—to visit with farmers and answer questions. Speakers confirmed for the informative and interactive forum include:
- Montana logger and agriculture advocate Bruce Vincent
- CSIF consultant and public relations expert Carol Bodensteiner
- Attorney Eldon McAfee who works with regulatory issues for the Iowa Pork Producers Association
- Cattle specialist Evan Vermeer of the Iowa Cattlemen's Association
- ISU Extension livestock economist John Lawrence, who is also director of the Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University
You are urged to register now to attend
Early-bird registration for "Farming Matters" is only $35 by March 14 and $50 after March 14. All early-bird registrants will receive a complimentary CSIF cap the day of the event. To register, log on to www.supportfarmers.com or call 800-932-2436.
CSIF, launched in 2004, is a joint partnership involving the Iowa Cattlemen's Association, Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Farm Bureau, Iowa Pork Producers Association, Iowa Poultry Association and Iowa Soybean Association. CSIF is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that has helped nearly 850 farm families throughout Iowa follow all livestock rules and regulations, identify the best locations for new livestock farms, safeguard environmental resources and enhance trust and understanding between farmers and neighbors.
Farmers who want a helping hand in these matters are encouraged to contact CSIF at 800-932-2436. There is no charge from CSIF for this service.