Fifth Annual Iowa Women’s Landowner Conference

Thursday, June 22, 2017 • Michael J. Manatt Community Center • Brooklyn, Iowa

Iowa Women's Landowner Conference
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!

Our Sponsors

Iowa Land SalesWomen, Land and LegacyFCSA

Mike Pearson

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.

Conference Schedule

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

Register Now

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.