ANKENY, IOWA (June 27, 2019) — "Road Map to Resilience" is the theme of the 13th annual Iowa Women in Agriculture Conference at the FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny.

The 2019 Conference will address a range of challenges posed by agriculture's current economic climate: Commodity prices, marketing strategies, global trade-agreements, financial risk-management, ag advocacy, water-quality initiatives, transition planning, resilience, and balancing family medical-care with financing the family farm. 

The Conference kicks off at 8:15AM, and concludes at 5PM. Julie Kenney, Iowa Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, will keynote the Conference with the State of Iowa Agriculture.

Elaine Kub, author of "Mastering the Grain Markets: How Profits Are Really Made," DTN analyst and IPTV's "Market to Market" commentator, will offer the challenge, "New Ways of Thinking about Grain Trading." Angie Treptow, Farm Credit Services of America regional vice-president, will wrap up the morning sessions with a deep-dive into lender-expectations for 2020.

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

"Key Elements of Succession and Continuity Planning: How to Ensure Your Operation Will Thrive during Transition": Rena Striegel, Transition Point Business Advisors and author of "Building the Ultimate Network".

"Laying Pavers on the Road to Resilience": Charlotte Halvorson, certified occupational-health nurse, and Linda Emanuel, community-health nurse and Nebraska farmer. AgriSafe Network will focus on healthy coping-strategies and available resources.

"Caring for Parents without Putting Your Farm on Life Support": Nancy Lowenberg, vice president of commercial banking relations at US Bank in Cedar Rapids and Nancy Brannaman, sixth-generation farm-owner and manager of her family's farm in Illinois.

The 2019 conference capstone speaker is Kim Bremmer, a farm girl, mother, science junkie, and ag-advocate from Loyal, Wisconsin who will inspire with her presentation, "Celebrating the Real Story of Agriculture . . . and How Women Can Lead the Way!"

A complimentary Wine and Cheese Welcome and Networking Reception will be held on Wednesday, July 31, 5:30-7:30PM, at The Cellar Winery at White Oak in nearby Cambridge. Guest speaker is Rose Danaher, the Iowa County environmental specialist and an Amana, Iowa, cattle producer, who is one of two US 2019 Nuffield International Farm Scholars. She'll share her worldwide travels to study water quality in "Bringing It Home: A Life-Changing Look at Global Agriculture and Water Quality."

Participants also have a unique pre-conference opportunity to attend an optional pre-conference tour on July 31, hosted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Women in Agriculture Program. The motor-coach tour begins and ends at the Courtyard Marriott at SE Creekview Drive in Ankeny, with a choice of stops at John Deere Works in Ankeny, Kemin Industries Inc in Des Moines, the Tedesco Environmental Learning Corridor in Ames, and The Cellar at White Oak Winery in Cambridge.

Early bird registration is $50 until July 24, 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 7:15-8AM on the day of the conference. (Sorry, but no registration refunds will be possible.)

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 2019 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 Pork Producers Association, Iowa Bankers Association, Iowa Corn Growers, Iowa Cattlemen's Association, NEW Cooperative, and KCoe Isom.

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