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Bridging the Gap, It’s Everyone’s Ag Mark July 29 for the Iowa Women in Agriculture Annual Conference

“Bridging the Gap, It’s Everyone’s Ag” is the theme of the 8th annual Iowa Women in Agriculture Conference 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, West Branch, Iowa, farmer, author, and popular speaker, will tackle the topic of “Who’s Hiding the Humor?”

The Conference kicks off at 8 a.m., and concludes 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, Iowa, farmer

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

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

Beginning and Advanced Marketing; Elaine Kub, Kub Asset Advisory

Nutrient 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 Folkers, Midwest Capital, Inc.

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

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 mini i-pad.

For more information, contact IWIA president Deb Schuler at Smith Land Service Co., 712-249-4321 or 712-243-4444 or visit our web site www.iowawomeninag.org

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 the Iowa Bankers Association.

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