Welcome All Women in Agriculture

wlc-wlc_logo4Thursday, June 16, 2016 • Michael J. Manatt Community Center • Brooklyn, Iowa

Join us on June 16 for the 4th Annual Iowa Women’s Landowner Conference in Brooklyn, Iowa. Women, Land and Legacy has partnered with Iowa Land Sales & Farm Management to provide information to women who want to learn more about caring for and passing on the land. The conference is open to all women—not just farm owners. Click the button below to register.







Conference Schedule

Check out the schedule below or print a PDF copy by clicking here.

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. : Registration

8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. : Introductions & Opening Remarks
Speaker: Mike Pearson, Moderator

8:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. : Session One – Top Ten Estate Planning Mistakes
Speaker: Melissa O’Rourke, ISU Agribusiness Specialist & Attorney

10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. : Break

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Session Two – Farm Succession Planning & Legacy
Speaker: Dave Baker, ISU Farm Transition Specialist

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Lunch

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.: Session Three – Agriculture: Looking Forward
Speaker: Angie Treptow, Regional Vice President of Farm Credit Services of America

1:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Break

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Session Four – Farmland Leasing & Communications Strategies
Speaker: Melissa O’Rourke, ISU Agribusiness Specialist & Attorney

Wrap-Up: Q & A Session

A participant from last year’s conference described the event as “an informal gathering of friends with lots of good food, networking, and useful information.” Another attendee wrote, “Great presenters and great facilities! I will encourage all women connected to Ag, not just farm owners, to attend as well.”

To register, click here and pre-pay the $30 registration fee before June 6. Prefer to register by phone or mail? Just call 319-668-2010 ext. 2 and ask for Jennifer Ness.

Conference Speakers

Mike Pearson – Host of Market to Market

Grinnell, Iowa, businessman and farmer Mike Pearson follows in the footsteps of his father as the host of Market to Market.

Representing the sixth generation of Pearsons rooted in Midwestern agriculture, Mike grew up on a family farm in Iowa. His was instilled with a strong work ethic and, at the age of 12, he raised and exhibited the Grand Champion Market Hog at the Madison County Fair. After graduating from Winterset High School in 2003, Mike managed his family’s diversified grain and livestock operation and provided market updates and news reports for WOI Radio in Ames, Iowa. Upon graduation from Simpson College, Mike entered the banking industry in Grinnell, Iowa. His financial experience includes personal, commercial and agricultural lending.

Mike and his wife, Heidi, live in Grinnell, Iowa, where they continue to build the Genuine Pearson Cattle Company brand.

Mike succeeds his father, Mark Pearson, who hosted the program for the past 20 years until his death in June of 2012. Market to Market’s first host, Chet Randolph, hosted the series for its first 17 years.

Dave Baker – ISU Farm Transition Specialist

David Baker is the Farm Transition Specialist for Iowa State University Extension & Outreach. He works out of the Beginning Farmer Center, located in Urbandale, Iowa. His work for the BFC is focused on facilitating the transfer of farm business assets such as machinery, land, and management to the next generation. Dave has played a key role in the Ag Link matching program at Iowa State’s Beginning Farmer Center in matching over 100 beginning farmers with retiring individuals in the past several years. Dave holds educational style farm business succession workshops across the state of Iowa. Dave has 38 years of experience in farming and still owns and manages a diversified grain/livestock farm in NW Iowa. Dave is an advisor to ISU’s student run Beginning Farmer Network. Dave served 6 years in the USAF and received his B.S. in Facilities Management from Troy University and an MBA from SW Minnesota University.

Melissa O’Rourke – ISU Agribusiness Specialist

Melissa O’Rourke is an attorney and serves Iowans as a Farm & Agribusiness Management Specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. She has spent many years consulting with individuals, couples and families to set goals and consider strategies for life and estate planning – including farm transition planning. She holds a B.S. from Illinois State University, an M.A. from the University of Minnesota, and a J.D. from the University of South Dakota School of Law and is admitted to the bar in Iowa, South Dakota and Nebraska. Melissa will share her observations on the top mistakes and decisions that individuals and families should make as they plan for the future. She will also discuss leasing and communication strategies between landowners and operators.

Angie Treptow – Regional Vice President of Farm Credit Services of America

Angie Treptow has over 24 years of experience with Farm Credit Services of America and is currently Regional Vice President for Eastern Iowa. She is responsible for leading the team’s customer sales and service activities in the Manchester, DeWitt and Cedar Rapids offices.Angie has a wide-range of experience in Agriculture financing. Her experience comes from a variety of positions held with Farm Credit Services of America.

She has served as: Vice President Sales and Credit, Insurance Specialist, and Financial Officer A native of Bernard, Iowa in Dubuque County, Angie grew up on and was involved in her family’s diversified grain and livestock operation. She is a graduate of Iowa State University with a degree in Finance. Angie and her husband, Darrin, are both involved in Agriculture as Darrin works at John Deere’s Project Engineering Center. They live near Jesup, Iowa with their three children; Emily, Amanda, and Ryan.

Our Sponsors

Iowa Land SalesWomen, Land and LegacyFCSAGrinnell Regional Medical Center









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