Conference Agenda (tentative)
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Pre-conference Workshops (optional)
Introduction to QuickBooks
|4:30–6:00 p.m.||Exhibitor set-up - Conference Center Foyer|
|5:00–6:00 p.m.||Registration and early check-in available - Conference Center Foyer|
Thursday, February 13, 2020
All sessions will be in the conference center.
|7:00 a.m.||Registration Check-in and Breakfast - Conference Center Foyer
Silent Auction opens (ends 10:45 a.m. Friday)
Welcome and General Session - Big Basin/Kaw Nation
Map of My Kingdom
A play on farmland transfer by Mary Swander, commissioned by Practical Farmers of Iowa
Who's going to get the farm? And what are they going to do with it? Will your future plans for your land create harmony or strife for your family? Or have you even started to think that far ahead? "Map of My Kingdom," a play commissioned by Practical Farmers of Iowa and written by Iowa's Poet Laureate Mary Swander, tackles the critical issue of land transition. In the drama, Angela Martin, a lawyer and mediator in land transition disputes, shares stories of how farmers and landowners she has worked with over the years approached their land successions. Some families almost came to blows, struggling to resolve the sale or transfer of their land, and dissolving relationships. Others found peacefully rational solutions that focused not only on the viability of the family, but also of the land.
Today, a vast amount of land in the United States is owned by those over 65 years old. Some have made their wishes clear for the future of their property. Others are courting family upheaval by not planning in concrete ways. An age old problem, evident in literature from the Bible to King Lear to Willa Cather, land transition presents hard questions: Who really owns the land? And what is the role of the steward of a property? Can "fair" become "unfair" to one's children?
"Map of My Kingdom" will resonate with those who have been through, or are working through challenging land transfer issues that include division of the land among siblings, to selling out to a neighbor, to attempts to preserve the land's integrity against urban sprawl. The drama will inspire the hesitant and the fearful to start the conversation that cannot wait.
Breakout Session 1Information coming soon.
Breakout Session 2Information coming soon
Lunch and General Session - Big Basin/Kaw Nation
Top of Mind (panel presentation)
Moderator: Lance Woodbury, adviser to family-owned and closely-held businesses, including farm businesses
This presentation will bring together top leaders and experts to help rural women gain knowledge and understanding in stressful, challenging environments. Substance abuse, mental health and matters of well-being are the focus for this panel, moderated by Lance Woodbury, who spends his time working with farm and ranch families and closely-held agribusinesses.
Dessert and Visit Vendors/Exhibitors - Conference Center Foyer
Breakout Session 3Information coming soon
Breakout Session 4Information coming soon
Networking Reception and Roundtables - Big Basin/Kaw Nation
Independent Agriculture Producers
Agriculture Industry Career Women
Dinner on your own or in small groups
Friday, February 14, 2020
Breakfast Buffet available - Conference Center Foyer
General Session - Big Basin/Kaw Nation
Trade's Impact on U.S. Agriculture
Chad Hart, Associate Professor of Economics, Iowa State University
In this presentation, we will explore how international trade impacts the various U.S. agricultural markets and examine the factors shaping global trade flows. We will discuss the current state of U.S. trade policies and trade agreements, outlining the potential for new future agreements with several trade partners.
Breakout Session 5
Information coming soon
|10:15-10:45 a.m.||Visit vendors/exhibitors, Silent Auction ends at 10:45 a.m.|
Breakout Session 6Information coming soon
Lunch and Closing Session Speaker - Big Basin/Kaw Nation
The Hero of Your Own Story: The architecture of stories that connect with others
Vance Crowe, Communications Consultant
For nearly a decade agriculture has been implored to “tell your story,” in order to connect with consumers, and yet it seems that the activists against modern farming seem to be more effective at connecting with the people farmers are trying to reach. Is there a pattern, a template, or lessons that could help you become a tangibly better storyteller?
During this talk, communications expert Vance Crowe, will discuss the architecture of stories that connect with people on a deep level. He will share insights into the game plans of the activists and highlight how everyone can learn to tell stories that connect with others. Conference participants will delight in stories of Vance’s experiences as a deckhand on a ship, a returned US Peace Corps Volunteer and his experiences as the Director of Millennial Engagement for Monsanto. From these stories, participants will see how they can construct stories that captivate, inspire and change others.