Save the Date! Register Soon for the Iowa Women in Agriculture Conference July 30

May 4, 2020

Cheryl Tevis, Iowa Women in Agriculture | 515-353-4425; Madeline Schultz, ISU Extension and Outreach Women in Ag | 515-294-0588

Iowa Women in Agriculture Conference“Conserving Ag’s Future Together” is the theme of the 14th annual Iowa Women in Agriculture Conference at the FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny.

The 2020 Conference will address a range of challenges posed by agriculture’s current economic climate: Commodity prices and marketing strategies, global trade agreements, financial risk management, ag advocacy, cover crops, soil and water quality initiatives, climate resilience, the global intersection of human and animal health and the environment, as well as the role of ag women in nonpartisan political and civic engagement.

The Conference kicks off at 8:15 a.m., and concludes at 5 p.m. Amanda De Jong, Amanda DeJong, Iowa Farm Service Agency executive director will keynote the Conference. She will highlight FSA’s efforts to help provide credit options and program benefits to farmers, and how women can play a key role in ag leadership. 

Sue Martin, CEO of AG and Investment Services, Inc. commodity analyst and IPTV’s Market to Market commentator, will offer her perspective on the challenges of this current marketing environment.

Dr. Beth Hall, Indiana State Climatologist, Purdue University will focus on climate trends, outlooks, and the impact of climate on agriculture, with the goal of achieving environmental sustainability and global food security.

Johnston, Iowa, Mayor Paula Dierenfeld will encourage women to contribute their skills, knowledge, and energy to civic and public service. “Just do it—we need more women to do it,” she says.

The afternoon’s choice of breakout sessions and presenters include:

Angie Treptow, Farm Credit Services of America regional vice-president, East Central Iowa, will offer a financial overview, as well as key coping strategies.

Dr. Emily Bruner, American Farmland Trust Midwest science director and Dr. DeAnn Presley, Kansas State University professor of environmental soil science and management, will share the tangible benefits of soil heath improvements.

Dr. Heather Fowler, National Pork Board director, of producer and public health, will do a deep dive into the lessons learned from COVID-19, an update on African Swine Fever and the need for a One-Health approach connecting animal and human health and our shared environment.

The 2020 conference capstone speaker is Amanda Radke ag advocate, and fifth-generation rancher from Mitchell, South Dakota who will inspire and motivate with her presentation. “We can’t eat our way out of climate change,” she says. “Cattle, crops, and responsible land management complement each other.”

A complimentary Wine and Cheese Welcome & Networking Reception will be held on Wednesday, July 29, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Reiman Gardens in Ames.

Participants also have a unique opportunity to attend an optional pre-conference tour on July 29, hosted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Women in Ag Program. The motor coach tour begins and ends at the Courtyard by Marriott at SE Creekview Drive in Ankeny, with stops at Ag Leader Technology, and the new Iowa State University Poultry Science Farm in Ames.

Early bird registration is $50 until July 22, and $70 after that date. Registration includes the pre-conference tour, evening welcome reception, continental breakfast, lunch, and snacks. Register online in advance, by mail, or from 7:15 a.m.-8:00 a.m. on the day of the conference.

Early bird registration is required for those attending the Pre-Conference Tour. For questions about the tour, contact Madeline Schultz at 515-294-0588.

 For conference information, contact IWIA  president Cheryl Tevis at 515-353-4425 or visit for a full Conference agenda and registration details.

The premier sponsor of the 2020 Iowa Women in Agriculture Conference is Farm Credit Services of America. Additional sponsors include: Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, Iowa Soybean Association, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Women in Ag, Iowa Bankers Association, Iowa Cattlemen’s Association, and NEW Cooperative.

If IWIA is allowed to hold its conference, based on what you know today, how likely are you to attend on July 29-30?






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