Beginning Farmers Conference looks to the future Feb. 6

Jan 29, 2010
by WLJ

The Beginning Farmer Network, an organization made up of Iowa State University (ISU) students interested in entering farming, is sponsoring the Beginning Farmers Conference on Feb. 6 at the Memorial Union, ISU campus, Ames, IA. The conference will feature keynote speakers Craig Lang, Iowa Farm Bureau Association president, and Paul Lasley, ISU Extension sociologist and department chair.

Three sets of one-hour breakout sessions will cover topics ranging from value added ag and livestock in the future, to farm succession and expanding or maintaining farm operations.

Session speakers from the Coalition to Support Iowa’s

Farmers, Practical Farmers of Iowa, Iowa Agriculture Development Authority, Farm Service Agency, Beginning Farmers Center, Center for Agriculture Law and Taxation, and the Chair of Iowa Ag Committee are on the agenda.

Online registration is available at www.ucs.ia farmer/home.html. Registration also can be made by calling 515/294-6222. The registration fee is $35 prior to Feb. 1; $45 after that date. Registration includes all conference materials, lunch and networking breaks. A complete agenda for the conference can be viewed at beginningfarmer/schedule. html. — WLJ