CSIF Conference to Focus on Managing Risk on Your Farm

12-15-2016 in Events

Industry experts to provide strategies to improve profitability

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA – December 15, 2016 – The Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (CSIF) is hosting its twelfth annual Farming for the Future Conference January 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Quality Inn and Suites in Ames.

This year’s conference, themed “Managing Risk on Your Farm,” features a dynamic line-up of speakers who will help livestock farmers understand the financial programs available to them, provide strategies on ways to manage risk, provide insight on how to develop a business plan and set up a farm business, and provide record keeping tips.

Mike Pearson, host of Market to Market, will kick off the event by providing an outlook for farm markets and the global trends impacting these markets, and offer strategies for long-term success on the farm.

Other industry experts include Alejandro Plastina with Iowa State University, who will offer insight into managing risk through communication; Tim Meyer with Producers Livestock Credit Corporation, who will discuss risk management strategies on livestock farms; Don Timmins with Timmins, Jacobsen & Strawhacker, LLP, who will talk about setting up your farm business and tax planning considerations; Jim Venner with Ag Visions Enterprises, LLC, whowill explain how to develop a farm business plan; and Morgan Waldeier with Timmins, Jacobsen & Strawhacker, LLP, who will explain the basics of farm record keeping.

“The Coalition received a record number of inquiries from livestock farmers over the past year – many from young people wanting to get into farming, but weren’t sure where to start or how to secure financing to make their dream of farming a reality,” said Brian Waddingham, executive director of CSIF. “We also heard from many well-established livestock farmers looking for assistance to diversify their farms due to low commodity prices and relatively high land costs. This year’s Farming for the Future Conference will provide insight to help all of Iowa’s livestock farmers better understand ways to manage risk and succeed in the long-run.”

Registration, including a complimentary lunch, is free if completed by Jan. 13. A $20.00 fee will be charged for registrations after Jan. 13. For more information about the conference and to register, visit www.supportfarmers.com/conference or call 1-800-932-2436. Space is limited.

The Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers was created by farmers to help farmers raise livestock successfully and responsibly. It’s a joint partnership involving the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association, Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Egg Council, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, Iowa Pork Producers Association, Iowa Soybean Association, Iowa Turkey Federation and Midwest Dairy Association.

The non-profit, non-partisan organization provides assistance to farmers at no cost. CSIF does not lobby or develop policy. Farm families wanting a helping hand can contact the coalition at 1-800-932-2436.


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