The Sixth Annual
Iowa Women's Landowner Conference

June 21, 2018 · 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. 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.”

Conference Schedule

  • 7:30am – 8:15am

    Registration

  • 8:15am – 8:30am

    Introductions & Opening Remarks
    Mike Pearson
    Moderator

  • 8:30am – 9:00am

    Keynote address
    Wendy Wintersteen
    President of Iowa state University

  • 9:00AM-10:00AM

    Session One
    2018 Tax Law Changes
    Susan Voss
    CPA, Senior Tax Manager with TD&T CPAs & Advisors, PC

  • 10:00am – 10:15am

    Break

  • 10:15am – 11:00am

    Panel Session – Coping with Change, Lessons Learned…
    Nancy Adrian (Washington County)
    Terry Heinichen (Iowa County)

  • 11:00am – 12:00pm

    Session Two – “What if… You could go back in time"
    Steve Bohr
    Farm Financial Strategies, Inc

  • 12:00am – 1:00pm

    Lunch

  • 1:00pm – 2:00pm

    Session Three – “What If… Your beneficiary Goes Rogue?”
    Billi M. Brahn
    Senior Vice President, Iowa State Bank

  • 2:00pm – 2:15pm

    Break

  • 2:15pm – 3:00pm

    Session Four – “What If…” Estate Planning Continued
    Steve Bohr
    Farm Financial Strategies, Inc
    Billi M. Brahn
    Senior Vice President, Iowa State Bank

  • Wrap Up Q & A Session

Conference Speakers

Steve Bohr

Steve Bohr

Steve began his 25-year financial services career immediately upon graduation from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 1992.  He achieved a B. A. degree, Magna Cum Laude, with a double major of Economics and Business Administration.

As a native Iowan, born and raised on his families’ farm in nearby Wellman, Iowa his heritage was deeply engaged in agriculture. Steve founded Farm Financial Strategies (FFS), a program to offer strategies to ‘preserve the family farm’. Today FFS has 14 associates and does business in 7 Midwestern states.  Steve has served as President of Cedar Rapids Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors.  He also served on the board of directors for the Iowa FFA Foundation and Coe College’s Board of Visitors.

Billi M. Brahn, J.D.

Billi M. Brahn, J.D.

Senior Vice President and Trust Administration Manager

Billi received her B.A. degree in Actuarial Science from Northwestern College in Orange City, IA and her law degree from the University of Iowa. Before moving back to Iowa, Billi practiced law as an estate planning attorney and worked as a trust officer in Rochester, Minnesota. She is a member of the Des Moines Estate Planners, Polk County Bar Association, Iowa State Bar Association and Polk County Women Attorneys. Billi is a participant in the 2017-2018 Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute. 

Wendy Wintersteen

Wendy Wintersteen

Dr. Wendy Wintersteen is Iowa State University’s 16th president. She is the first woman president in the university’s history. From 2006-2017, Dr. Wintersteen served as dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and director of the Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station at Iowa State University. She was the first to hold an endowed deanship at Iowa State.  Dr. Wintersteen earned a bachelor’s of science degree in crop production from Kansas State University and her Ph.D. in entomology from Iowa State University. Dr. Wintersteen’s career at Iowa State spans nearly 40 years, beginning as an extension associate in integrated pest management. 

Dr. Wintersteen represents Iowa State University on many state, national and international boards. She serves on the Board of Directors of the University Innovation Alliance, a coalition of 11 public research universities aimed at making college degrees more attainable for students with financial needs and closing the achievement gap; the Cultivation Corridor, a regional economic initiative to establish Iowa as the global center for excellence in agbiosciences, advanced manufacturing, and technology sectors; and the Farm Foundation. In 2013, she was appointed by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to the board of directors of the U.S.-Israel Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund.  .

Susan K. Voss, CPA

Susan K. Voss, CPA

Senior Tax Manager

Susan K. Voss, CPA, is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa and has over 30 years of public accounting experience with TD&T. She resides in the Oskaloosa office and specializes in farm operations, agri-business, and individuals and their closely-held businesses. She is a member of the Iowa Society of CPAs and the American Institute of CPAs. She is a past President and Treasurer of Sigourney Area Development Corporation, past Treasurer of the Iowa Branch of the International Dyslexia Association, and past Treasurer of Belva Deer Inn, LLC, a local motel that was planned and capitalized by the Sigourney Community and is operated to meet the needs of Keokuk County. Susan’s passion is Agriculture and is currently an elected member of the Board of Directors of Farm Credit Services of America who strives to be Agriculture’s Most Valued Partner serving the farming community in Iowa and three other Midwestern States. She is a member of Iowa Farm Bureau, Iowa Women in Agriculture and Altrusa International of Oskaloosa. Susan has been Vice President of TD&T and a member of our Executive Committee during her tenure on the Management Team from 1993 to 2016. Susan and her husband are operating farmers in northern Keokuk County.

Nancy Adrian

Nancy Adrian

Nancy and her husband, Bob, raise corn, soybeans and hay, along with CRP, on about 700 acres near Brighton, IA. They also have an 80 head cow/calf herd. Nancy has always worked off the farm and is the County Extension Director for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Washington County. She has worked at Washington County Extension since 2002. In May of 2007 Bob suffered a traumatic brain injury from a fall from a grain truck.

Mike Pearson

Mike Pearson

Mike Pearson is co-host of the Ag News Daily podcast and a farmer from Grinnell, Iowa. He is an agricultural leader in the state of Iowa and has served as moderator since this event’s inception.

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