AMES, Iowa - The 78th annual conference on soil management and land valuation has been scheduled on Wednesday, May 18, at Iowa State University.
Sponsored by the ISU College of Agriculture and ISU Extension, the conference is intended for farm managers, rural appraisers, real estate brokers and others interested in the land market in Iowa. Participants are eligible for six hours of continuing education credit in real estate and appraisals.
This year's conference will feature presentations on the future of the ethanol industry and the impact on demand for corn. There will also be updates on soybean rust, the world trade outlook and the outlook for land, according to Michael Duffy, professor of economics and ISU Extension farm management specialist, a member of the conference planning committee.
Presenters will include Dennis Starleaf, ISU economics professor emeritus, on the World Situation and Trade Outlook; Robert Wisner, ISU economics professor, on Ethanol Expansion: Where is the Corn Coming From?; John Miranowski, ISU professor of economics, on the Future of the Ethanol Industry; S. Elwynn Taylor, ISU professor of agronomy, presenting a Weather Update; Palle Pedersen, ISU assistant professor of agronomy, on Rust and the Economics of Soybean Production; Maurice "Moe" Russell, president, Russell Consulting Group, Panora, on the Outlook for Land; and Duffy on Iowa Land Values.
The conference will be held at the Scheman Continuing Education Building on the Iowa State University campus. The $60 advance registration fee includes the noon luncheon and coffee breaks. Registration increases to $70 on May 4.
The Iowa Real Estate Commission has approved this conference for six hours of continuing education for renewal of a real estate and broker's license. This conference has been also approved for six hours of continuing education for Iowa Appraisal License renewal. The extra fee for each certificate is $5.
This is the longest running conference at Iowa State. It is designed for anyone who has an interest in agricultural land, land management, and land valuation. The program is planned each year by an independent group.
Online registration is available at https://www.ucs.iastate.edu/mnet/soilmgmt/quickregister.html. Registrations also are being accepted by telephone at (515) 294-6222.