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Friday, March 16, 2018

Registration & Light Breakfast: 8:00 a.m.- 8:30 a.m.

Welcome and Comments: 8:30 a.m.

Opening Session: 

8:45 a.m.- 9:45 a.m.

“Bridging the Gap Between Farmers and Consumers”

Michelle Miller, The Farm Babe

Michelle Miller, The Farm Babe, was once a big city girl who moved to rural Iowa for love.
Once there, she realized her perceptions of modern agriculture were completely wrong
and now works to debunk the myths she once believed in. Join her as she shares her
insight as to what’s happening in agriculture, and how we can better communicate our
stories with the general public.

Break: 9:45 a.m.- 10 a.m.


10:00 a.m. - 10:50 a.m. (select one)

"Debunking Myths in Agriculture."- Michelle Miller, The Farm Babe

Michelle Miller will give tips on how to decipher fact from fiction on the internet , while providing examples of effective social media posts and personal conversations which have really made a positive impact on today's consumer. 

"Farm Diversification with Value-Added Products."- Jenna Kilgus, Co-Owner;     Kilgus Dairy

Jenna will share the Kilgus Farmstead story. She will share how their family was able to diversify the farm, open an on-farm store, start selling their value-added products statewide, and most importantly, bring back the next generation to their family farm. 

"Stress Less, Weigh Less."- Kim McClintic, MS, RD, LDN; OSF St. Joseph Medical Center

Stress is inevitable. At some point we all experience it in some form whether it is physically, emotionally or both. Stress and how you respond and cope with it can play a role in your health. There is solid evidence that unmanaged stress can lead to weight issues and obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, digestive disorders sleep disorders and depression. This session will address the stress response, coping with stress, and how to manage stress via diet, exercise and lifestyle change.

MID-DAY SESSION: 11:00 a.m.- 11:50 a.m.

"51 things I wish Someone Had Told me when i was 21."- Paul Stoddard 

Pithy principles for long-term success in agribusiness and personal development. 

Lunch 12:00 p.m.- 1:00 p.m.

Breakout sessions:

1:10 p.m.- 2:00 p.m. (Select One)

"What's the Right Business Entity for Your Farm or Agri-Business?"-                          Cari Rincker, Attorney; Rincker Law PLCC

Cari will discuss the difference among corporations, limited liability companies, not-for-profit corporations, limited and general partnerships and sole proprietorship. 

"Livestock- More Than Just the Smell of Money!"- Tim Maiers, President; Maiers Consulting

Manure happens! The reality of raising livestock is dealing with all the manure and all types of regulation. Learn about the variety of issues impacting the future of livestock production in the Midwest. Discover how livestock can help bring back young people to rural America and how YOU can help make that happen. 

"What YOU Do is Important!"- Kim Bremmer, Owner; Ag Inspirations

This program is designed specifically for suppliers who provide consulting and products to farms today. Join us for an in-depth discussion of sustainability through science and technology, and the value-added role you can play when advocating both with and for your customers. You have a unique perspective of agriculture with a powerful message. 

Break 2:00 p.m.- 2:15 p.m.

Closing Session:

2:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

"Celebrating Women in Agriculture"

Kim Bremmer

There has never been a better time to work together to share the real story of agriculture! Woman can play an extra special role in connecting people to where their food comes from and representing the great successes in American agriculture today. Let's celebrate women in agriculture....may we know them, may we raise them and may we be them.