The Beginning Farmer Network (BFN), an organization made up of Iowa State University students interested in entering farming, is sponsoring the Beginning Farmers Conference on Feb. 12, at the Scheman Center, Iowa State University, Ames. The conference will feature keynote speakers Loren Kruse, Successful Farming Magazine editor-in-chief and Bill Northey, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture.
“The conference gets incoming farmers and exiting farmers thinking about the things they will be faced with as they work together,” said Chad Fertig, former BFN president and a conference organizer. “It’s an inexpensive way to learn and get ideas swirling.”
Three sets of one-hour breakout sessions will cover topics ranging from commodity marketing and tax management, to farm succession and land leasing operations. Session speakers from the Iowa Agriculture Development Authority, Farm Service Agency, Beginning Farmers Center, Center for Agriculture Law and Taxation and Iowa State University Extension are on the agenda.
“Attendees should feel that they have the resources available to start farming,” said Fertig. “The conference helps those going into farming to better understand farm succession – which includes government programs for beginning farmers, commodity markets, production issues like land leasing and machinery sharing.”
Online registration is available at http://www.ucs.iastate.edu/mnet/beginningfarmer/register.html. Registration also can be made by calling (515) 294-6222. The registration fee is $40 prior to Feb. 1; $50 after that date. Registration includes all conference materials, lunch and networking breaks.
A complete agenda for the conference can be viewed at http://www.ucs.iastate.edu/mnet/beginningfarmer/schedule.html