Seminars

 

2017 Printable Seminar Schedule

 2017 Educational Opportunities

 Seminar rooms are located on west end of Convention Center

TUESDAY, JANUARY 31

10:45–11:30 a.m., Room 301
“Your Farm…Their Future. Proven Legacy Strategies to Weather Any Storm”
Myron Friesen and Mark McLaughlin, Farm Financial Strategies
Farmers face tough decisions in their operation for the coming year. When it comes to passing on the family farm, where does this fit in your list of priorities for all that needs to be accomplished in 2017?

What’s most important to your farm distribution? Is it minimizing losses? Is it growing the farm? Maybe it’s keeping family unity? Is it knowing that the farming heir will own the land some day? How about fairness between heirs? Perhaps it is peace of mind for your spouse? How can long term goals be achieved when the short term is so volatile?

Many concerns remain the same, but recent changes in laws, IRS interpretations of entity discounts, land values, cash flows, and commodity prices should have you reviewing your farm continuation strategies. Please join us for an engaging seminar that will cover practical & timely solutions for your farm succession goals.

 11:30–12:15 p.m., Room 311
“Let’s Talk Water Quality”
Panel discussion featuring Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey and two Iowa farmers sharing their expertise and experiences related to water quality, conservation practices and cover crops

 12:15–1:00 p.m., Room 301
“A View from Above: Drones, Cameras, and Farming”
Chris Beerman, Aerial Agronomics

1:00–1:45 p.m., Room 311
“Iowa Climate and Weather: Where We’ve Been, Where We Are Now, and What Can We Say About the 2017 Growing Season”
Harry Hillaker, State Climatologist, Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship
The status of soil moisture across Iowa and the U.S. and what it may portend for 2017. What the current La Nina event may mean for 2017 growing season weather. A quick look at trends in Iowa climate and weather over the past few decades. Finally, what went right with the weather in 2015 and 2016 to aid record crop yields in Iowa.

1:45–2:30 p.m., Room 301
“Effective Marketing for the Next Generation”
Mike Rusch, Sales Director/Consultant, Stewart-Peterson and Eric Fransen, Director of Market360 Grain Service
This seminar will focus on preparing current and next generations for the comprehensive marketing demands of an operation. We will discuss best practices and what our Market360 clients are looking for us to do to train the next generation as well as an overview of 2017.

2:30–3:15 p.m., Room 311
“Keeping the Farm Land in the Family – Farm Session and Transition Strategies”
Jessman Smith, Geoff Stamp and Scott Bradbury, Principal Financial Group
Whether you farm row crops, raise livestock, run a dairy or some other form of Agribusiness the question remains the same: How do you protect your assets while your are still alive?

What is the Agribusiness transition to the next generation going to look like? How do you pass your agribusiness to the next generation cost efficiently? Learn strategies to get the information needed to start the conversation.

 

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1

10:45–11:30 a.m., Room 301
“Family Farm Succession Planning”
Jim Harvey, Heartland Financial Resource Group
Do you have an estate plan for your family farm? Is it documented along with the issues that complete the plan? Does the plan include retirement strategies? Does the current ownership support your intended succession plan? Points of discussion will be: transitioning the family farm to the next generation and beyond; tax advantage planning to include tax issues, capital gain tax issues and estate planning; wealth management; risk management; long term care concerns; pick a buyer versus forced sale; and farm corporation buy-sell process.

11:30–12:15 p.m., Room 311
“Let’s Talk Water Quality”
Panel discussion featuring Dr. Larry Weber, Director of IIHR – Hydroscience and Engineering, the parent organization of the Iowa Flood Center. He will be joined by two Iowa farmers sharing experiences with Iowa watershed projects and talking about how others can get involved.

12:15–1:00 p.m., Room 301
“New API Diesel Oil Category CK-4/FA-4: What does it mean for Agriculture Equipment?”
James Carroll, V.P. of Technical Services, Schaeffer Oil Company
What does the API have to do with my operation or farming in general? How am I affected by this change in heavy duty diesel oil categories? Join us for a deeper look into the American Petroleum Institute’s new diesel oil service category CK-4/FA-4, as we help you understand how it specifically relates to the operation of your business, agricultural equipment and trucks. Schaeffer Oil Company’s V.P. of Technical Services, James Carroll will lead you through this major change and how it relates to the lifeblood of your operation – your equipment! James is a known industry thought leader, C.L.S. and retired US Army Colonel who holds multiple Masters Degrees and over 30 years of technical lubrication and equipment experience.

1:00–1:45 p.m., Room 311
“Data Driven Decisions – Using UAVs and Variable Rate to Improve Profitability”
Adam Gittins, General Manager, HTS Ag

1:45–2:30 p.m., Room 301
“Effective Marketing for the Next Generation”
Mike Rusch, Sales Director/Consultant, Stewart-Peterson and Eric Fransen, Director of Market360 Grain Service
(see Tuesday description)

2:30–3:15 p.m., Room 311
“State of the Cattle Industry”
Dr. Phil Reemtsma, Past President of the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association

 

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2

10:45–11:30 a.m., Room 301
“Your Farm…Their Future. Proven Legacy Strategies to Weather Any Storm”
Myron Friesen and Mark McLaughlin, Farm Financial Strategies (see Tuesday description)

 11:30–12:15 p.m., Room 311
“Introducing Iowa’s Pest Resistance Management Plan”
Iowa State University Extension & Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship

12:15–1:00 p.m., Room 301
“2017 Market Trends”
Nick Mueller, Senior Market Advisor and Mike Rusch, Sales Director/Consultant, Stewart-Peterson
This seminar will provide an in-depth assessment of the market in 2017, including an overview of both the technicals and fundamentals of the market. This seminar is designed for farmers who enjoy diving deep into the intricacies of the market.

1:00–1:45 p.m., Room 311
“Iowa Climate and Weather: Where We’ve Been, Where We Are Now, and What Can We Say About the 2017 Growing Season”
Harry Hillaker, State Climatologist, Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship
(see Tuesday description)