Farmland Owners Meeting August 1, 2019

Mt. Pleasant, Iowa ― Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is conducting a farmland owners meeting at the Henry County Extension Office on August 1, 2019 from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm.
2019 so far has been a year of many difficulties. Trade, weather, markets and government programs have all led to farmers questioning what they should do.
Dr. Chad Hart, ISU Extension Economist, will cover supply and demand of the commodity markets and the expected direction of commodity prices. Production for 2019 has changed dramatically since the end of 2018. Dr. Wendong Zhang, ISU Extension Economist, will discuss farmland value trends and trade with China. Will we have a new trade agreement with China by harvest time? Kristine Tidgren, Director of the Center for Ag Law and Taxation at ISU, will discuss legal issues surrounding farm leases. Jason Steele, NRCS Soil Scientist, will present on using no-till and cover crops to improve soil health and government programs available to land owners to improve conservation measures. Iowa State’s Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll shows that more landowners are willing to adopt conservation practices. Kapil Arora, ISU Ag Engineer, will discuss using field tile to improve drainage on farmland and cost/benefits. Charles Brown, ISU Farm Management Specialists, will discuss current costs of production that tenants are incurring.
The cost to attend is $30 per person. Lunch is included. Everyone is welcome to attend. Farmland owners, agriculture lenders, farm managers and farm appraisers should all receive valuable information.
Please plan to attend this very informative meeting. A strong panel of speakers have been enlisted to address many of the questions that we receive from farmland owners, ag lenders and farm managers.
Preregistration is required by July 29, 2019. You may register by calling the Henry County Extension Office at 319-385-8126.

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