4th Annual Iowa Women’s Landowner Conference connects women with industry resources

Mike Pearson, host of IPTV's Market to Market served as moderator at this year's conference.

Mike Pearson, host of IPTV’s Market to Market, served as moderator at this year’s conference.

On June 16, Iowa Land Sales & Farm Management partnered with Women, Land and Legacy to host the 4th Annual Iowa Women’s Landowner Conference at the Michael J. Manatt Community Center in Brooklyn, Iowa.

For several years, Iowa Land Sales & Farm Management has worked with Women, Land and Legacy, a statewide outreach program of the USDA designed to serve women in agriculture, to provide information to female landowners in Iowa. Their goal is to empower women to take action concerning their farms and land. Because information in this market moves quickly, the purpose of the Iowa Women’s Landowner Conference is to update land-owning women on key industry topics, such as estate planning, marketing, and federal programming.

This year’s conference boasted over 100 participants from 22 different counties and 4 states. Mike Pearson, host of IPTV’s Market to Market, served as moderator. Three industry experts joined Mike in leading the conference: David Baker, ISU Farm Transition Specialist; Melissa O’Rourke, ISU Agribusiness Specialist; and Angie Treptow, Regional Vice President of Farm Credit Services of America. This year’s conference featured four sessions:

  • Top Ten Estate Planning Mistakes
  • Farm Succession Planning & Legacy
  • Agriculture: Looking Forward
  • Farmland Leasing & Communications Strategies

Overall, the 2016 Iowa Women’s Landowner Conference was a resounding success. Iowa Land Sales & Farm Management has received very positive feedback from conference participants. Bernice Hahn, a participant who has attended all four conferences, particularly appreciated the information provided by this year’s speakers. “Each year is different, and each year provides valuable information,” said Hahn. “This year’s conference provided me with great information on specific land ownership resources, such as the Ag Decision Maker, that are available through Iowa State Extension and Outreach.”

“Iowa Land Sales & Farm Management is proud to support Iowa’s female landowners and looks forward to continuing its valued partnership with Women, Land and Legacy for years to come,” said owner Vince Johnson.

Melissa O'Rourke of ISU speaks at the conference.

Melissa O’Rourke of ISU speaks at the conference.

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