Experts to Discuss Timely Livestock Regulatory Issues at Farming for the Future Conference

10-20-2023 in Events

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA – October 19, 2023 – The Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (CSIF) is hosting its eighteenth annual Farming for the Future Conference November 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny.

This year’s conference, “Rules, Regulations and the Future of Your Farm,” features a dynamic line-up of speakers offering insight into new state regulations impacting livestock and poultry farmers. Attendees will receive timely information to persevere through challenging economic times including providing strategies on ways to manage risk, an overview of the global ag market, determining the financial feasibility of livestock production and a commodity market outlook. The conference will conclude with an “Ask the Expert” panel addressing the new livestock rule changes and their impact on building new livestock barn and feedlots.

Matt Erickson, ag economic and policy advisor with Farm Credit Services of America, will kick off the event by providing an overview of the global agriculture market outlook and what that could potentially mean for Iowa’s livestock farmers in the coming year.

Other industry experts include Christopher Pudenz, PhD, an economist with the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, who will provide an Iowa agriculture economic outlook; Eldon McAfee with the Brick Gentry Law Firm and Chris Gruenhagen, government relations counsel with the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, who will offer insight into the new rules and regulations impacting Iowa farmers in 2024; and Brian Waddingham with the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers who will discuss the impacts the new rules and regulations will have on Iowa’s livestock and poultry farms. There will also be an update from company representatives that offer unique products and services to livestock and poultry farmers.

“This year’s Farming for the Future Conference is designed to provide Iowa’s livestock farmers with the tools necessary to make successful, economically beneficial decisions that will have a positive impact on their bottom line,” said Brian Waddingham, executive director of CSIF. “Livestock regulations are complex, sometimes ambiguous and change fast. For Iowa’s livestock farms to prosper, farmers must know and understand state and federal regulations and the resources available to help them remain viable on the land for generations to come.”

Registration, including a complimentary lunch, is free if completed by November 27. A $20.00 fee will be charged for registrations after November 27. For more information about the conference and to register, visit 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 partnership involving the Iowa Beef Industry Council, Iowa Cattlemen’s Association, Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, Iowa Pork Producers Association, Iowa Soybean Association, Iowa Turkey Federation, Midwest Dairy and the North Central Poultry Association.

The non-profit, non-partisan organization helps 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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