Fifth Annual Iowa Women’s Landowner Conference
Thursday, June 22, 2017 • Michael J. Manatt Community Center • Brooklyn, Iowa
Women farmland owners have the potential to transform Iowa’s landscape and farm communities in significant and positive ways, given that women own or co-own nearly half of Iowa’s farmland. Iowa County 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 goal of the conference is to target the educational needs of women in Iowa, focusing on their empowerment and encouraging local relationships. 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.” Click here to register now!
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.
Marji Guyler-Alaniz, President and Founder of FarmHer, is a lifetime Iowan and lover of photography. That love, combined with Graphic Design, Journalism and Photography degrees from Grand View University, an MBA from Drake University and an 11-year career in corporate agriculture working for a crop insurance company led her to launch FarmHer in the spring of 2013. Through FarmHer she is updating the image of agriculture by showing the female side of farming and ranching, creating community amongst women in agriculture and outreach to young women interested in agriculture. In addition to the photography side of FarmHer, Marji has expanded the business to include an online community for women in agriculture, a weekly television show, airing on national cable network RFD-TV called FarmHer, annual events to inspire and inform young women about agriculture and a line of merchandise aimed at women in agriculture. Her work for FarmHer has been featured in an expanse of arenas ranging from Public Television and RFD-TV to USDA’s National Ag Day Celebration and O the Oprah Magazine.
Erin Herbold-Swalwell practices primarily in the areas of agricultural law, estate planning and business succession planning. Prior to joining the private practice of law, Erin was the Staff Attorney at the Iowa State University Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation where she assisted farmers and conducted research, writing, and public speaking in several areas of agricultural law. Erin has also served as chair of the Iowa State Bar Association’s Agricultural Law Section. Raised on a family farm near Mingo, Iowa, Erin continues to be involved with farming and agriculture. Erin enjoys giving back to the community and spending time with her family.p>
Member/Partner at Betty, Neuman & McMahon, P.L.C. law firm in Davenport, Iowa http://www.bettylawfirm.com/ Estate Planning, Asset Protection Planning, Trust Administration & Probate, Business & Corporate Law, Real Estate Cristy Tackett-Hunt helps families and business owners preserve, protect and transfer their wealth by developing tax-efficient estate plans and business structures that both accomplish client goals and minimize risk. As part of her estate planning practice, Cristy counsels individuals and families with modest to substantial assets, professionals in all stages of their careers and business owners. She cooperates with each client’s trusted advisors to understand their particular needs and objectives and, then employs a variety of tools to design the appropriate estate and asset protection plans, including simple and sophisticated revocable (living) and irrevocable trusts, wills, and powers of attorney. Cristy also assists individual clients with pre- and post-marital agreements, business clients with issues relating to succession planning including buy-sell agreements and fiduciaries (trustees and executors) on matters relating to trust and estate administration. She is a member of WealthCounsel, a national organization of top estate planning attorneys, financial advisors and insurance professionals. In her business law practice, Cristy assists clients in identifying and forming an appropriate entity – whether that is a corporation, limited liability company, or partnership – or constructing a more sophisticated organizational structure. She further advises clients on issues relating to owner agreements, organizational governance, business transactions and dissolutions. Cristy has been in private practice since 2006 and in June, 2012 founded the Law Offices of Cristy Tackett-Hunt PLLC. Cristy has also served as in-house counsel to a private trust company and personal legal counsel to its high net-worth clients, as a tax consultant and senior manager at Ernst & Young LLP, an international accounting firm and as an adjunct faculty member teaching “Law for Accounts” offered through the Master of Accounting program at St. Ambrose University. .
Lauren Bower Burgmaier
Laurel Bower Burgmaier began as an intern at Iowa Public Television in 1995 and has been at the station ever since producing numerous productions, programs and most specifically documentaries. Some of the many documentaries Burgmaier has produced include The People in the Pictures which won a CINE Golden Eagle, More Than a Game: 6-on-6 Basketball in Iowa, The Farm Crisis narrated by NBC correspondent Harry Smith, The Sidey Report and Iowa’s Century Farms. While producing documentaries for IPTV, Burgmaier has worked on numerous series for the station as well including Market to Market, Iowa Ingredient, Living in Iowa and Student Voices. She has a passion for telling people’s stories and many of her projects have focused on rural America.In 2005, Burgmaier was one of 20 producers nationwide selected to attend the prestigious PBS/CPB Producers Workshop. Burgmaier lives on a farm in southwest Iowa with her husband and daughter, where they grow corn and soybeans and raise cattle.
Angie Watson Cook
Angie Watson Cook is an attorney and owner of Watson Cook P.C. Angie received her B.S.B.A. in Accounting and Finance from Drake University and her J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law. Angie previously worked for two years as a certified public accountant for a public accounting firm, and then as a shareholder attorney at a large law firm, both in Des Moines, Iowa.
Angie practices in the areas of trusts, wills, estates, wealth and succession planning, entity formation (including corporations and limited liability companies), taxation, and real estate.
Vince Johnson is an experienced Iowa farm land broker. Rooted in Iowa agriculture, Vince is a licensed real estate broker with a diverse background in farm management, land valuation, financial planning, and Iowa farm property sales. Vince specializes in land sales, acreage sales, and land auctions with an emphasis on land investment acquisitions, as well as recreational and development opportunities. He is member of the Iowa Association of Realtors, the Poweshiek County Board of Realtors, the Realtors Land Institute and the National Association of Realtors.
Following his graduation from Wartburg College with a degree in Business Administration, Vince returned home to help manage his family’s 1,300-acre farming operation in Montezuma. In 2012, Vince co-founded Iowa Land Sales & Farm Management, a land brokerage and farm management firm with a diverse offering of farmland marketing solutions and farm management services.
Vince’s dedication to family, work and community have earned him the reputation of being an approachable advocate for Iowa landowners. He grew up a 4th generation farmer and has been instilled with the motto of ‘Leave things better than you found them”. It’s this motto which Iowa Land Sales & Farm Management is guided by. Co- sponsorship with Women, Land and Legacy of the annual Iowa Women’s Landowner Conference helps Iowa Land Sales & Farm Management to achieve this goal. He’s proud to be a part of such a great event!
Matt is a real estate sales and farm management expert who specializes in handling the day-to-day operations of income-producing cropland and livestock farms across the state of Iowa. A passion for rural Iowa farmland drove Matt to pursue a career in farm real estate and professional land management following his graduation from Iowa State University with a degree in Agricultural Business. Growing up on a farm near Malcom, the Iowa native developed the foundational work ethic that is now geared toward uncovering results for clients of Iowa Land Sales & Farm Management.
He serves on a number of leadership committees with the ASFMRA Iowa Chapter, and in 2010 traveled with that organization to attend the Leadership Institute in Washington, D.C. Matt holds the title of an accredited farm manager, given to only the most trusted rural property professionals by the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers.
Matt spends his spare time working with his family on their diverse grain and livestock in central Iowa. Personally owning farmland also gives Matt the proper perspective to be a good steward and understand the importance of managing land by way of hands-on experience.
He is proud to be a part of Iowa land Sales & Farm Management and to help bring this important conference to Iowa Woman landowners from across the state!
Elaine Kub is the author of Mastering the Grain Markets: HowProfits Are Really Made – a 360-degree look at all aspects of grain trading, which draws on her experiences as a futures broker, market analyst, grain merchandiser, and farmer. Before earning an engineering degree from the University of Nebraska and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of California San Diego, Kub grew up on a family farm in South Dakota, where she is still active in grain and livestock production. As well as regularly sharing her insights on Iowa Public Television’s Market to Market and WHO Radio’s “The Big Show,” Kub also writes a column for DTN and provides ag market analysis for other industry-specific and national media outlets.
Rona Wyant lives with her husband, William, in rural Iowa County, Iowa. William and Rona have been married for 40 years, have three children and five grandchildren.
Over the past 40 years Rona has been actively involved in TTT, Eastern Iowa Tourism and the Iowa Wine Growers. Rona and her husband own 1500 acres in which they grow a rotation of corn and soybeans. In addition to their own acres they rent an additional 1400 acres. On their farm they have their own grain drying system with scale and 400,000 bushels of storage capacity. In 2006, they started a vineyard and now have 15 acres of wine grapes in production. The most important role that Rona plays in the farming operation is the handling of accounting matters ranging from accounts payable to creating cash flows and balance sheets for each of their four business entities. In 2007 William and Rona opened the doors to Fireside Winery in rural Iowa and in 2015 purchased Ackerman Winery and Heritage Wine, Cheese and Jelly Haus, both located in Amana, Iowa. Rona is here to today to share with us their story and what her thoughts are on legacy.
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 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 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.
Mike Pearson | Host of Market to MarketMike Pearson | Host of Market to Market
Marji Alaniz | Founder & President, FarmHer, Inc.Marji Alaniz | Founder & President, FarmHer, Inc.
Steve Ferguson | Iowa Finance AuthoritySteve Ferguson | Iowa Finance Authority
Erin Herbold-Swalwell | Attorney,
Brick Gentry Law FirmErin Herbold-Swalwell | Attorney,
Brick Gentry Law Firm
Cristy Tackett-Hunt | Attorney, Betty, Neuman & McMahon Law FirmCristy Tackett-Hunt | Attorney, Betty, Neuman & McMahon Law Firm
12:00AM – 1:00PM Lunch
1:00PM-3:00PM Session Three – Estate Planning & Trusts: The Great Debate – Advocating For and Against Trusts
Speakers: Erin Herbold-Swalwell, Attorney, Brick Gentry Law Firm & Cristy Tackett-Hunt, Attorney, Betty, Neuman & McMahon Law Firm
Wrap Up Q & A Session
8:00AM – 8:30AM Registration
8:30AM – 8:45AM Introductions & Opening Remarks
Speaker: Mike Pearson, Moderator
8:45AM – 10:15AM Session One – FarmHer – Documenting Women in Ag Through Photography
Speaker: Marji Alaniz, Founder & President, FarmHer, Inc.
10:15AM – 10:30AM Break
10:30AM – 12:00PM Session Two – Tax Planning
Speaker: Steve Ferguson or Tammy Nebola, Iowa Finance Authority
Fill out the simple form below to reserve your seat at the conference and pre-pay the $30 registration fee. Prefer to register by phone or mail? Just call Iowa County ISU Extension and Outreach at 319-668-1052 and ask for Lynn Gahring.