Third Annual Iowa Small Farms Conference will be held in February

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The third annual Iowa Small Farms Conference will be held on February 10, 2018 at the Scheman Building at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. Speakers will highlight topics that include farm finances, hops production, gardening, wildlife habitat, beekeeping and much more.

Offering a wealth of information on a wide variety of topics, the goal of this one-day conference is that attendees gain valuable insight on enterprise options and acreage management strategies.

The conference will begin with a keynote presentation on farm finances from Craig Chase, program manager for the Local Foods Program with ISU Extension and Outreach, and Paul Dietmann, senior lending officer with Compeer Financial. Chase and Dietmann authored Fearless Farm Finances, a one-of-a-kind resource packed with instructions, tips and tools for setting up and managing a farm’s financial system.

Breakout sessions led by ISU Extension and Outreach specialists will follow the keynote address. With nearly ten sessions to choose from, attendees can customize the conference to meet the unique needs of their farm or acreage.

The last session of the day will feature hands-on work sessions where attendees can practice apple grafting, installing drip irrigation systems and setting up a bee hive.

Early registration fee is only $50 and ends February 2, 2018. Late or on-site registration is $75 and is accepted until the start of the conference. For a full agenda and registration information, visit

Don’t miss out on your chance to learn from industry experts at this highly regarded conference!

Date of Publication: 
January, 2018