Empowering Veterans to Thrive in Agriculture

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BETH GRABAU WAS SELECTED AS THE NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF VETERANS IN AGRICULTURE (VIA) ON SEPTEMBER 15TH.  BETH WAS THE PUBLIC RELATIONS AND OUTREACH SPECIALIST FOR THE STATE USDA/FSA AND A FORMER FSA COUNTY DIRECTOR IN DALLAS COUNTY.  SINCE RETIRING FROM THE USDA IN 2013, BETH HAS WORKED AS THE IOWA STATE FAIR COORDINATOR FOR SILOS AND SMOKESTACKS NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA AND THE CENTRAL IOWA DEVELOPMENT OFFICER FOR SELF-HELP INTERNATIONAL.

BETH JUMPED RIGHT IN AND STARTED WORKING ON THE FINAL PLANS FOR THE SEPTEMBER 24TH VIA CONFERENCE.  BETH HAS ALREADY ATTENDED NUMBEROUS MEETINGS AND REPRESENTED THE VIA AT THE IOWA HUNGER SUMMIT AND AT THE WORLD FOOD PRIZE IN EARLY OCTOBER 2016.

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Free Lunch and Learn Series

Time:  Noon to 1 pm. CST

 

March 3rd  The volatility of grain markets can keep you guessing, but there are tools to help mitigate these risks.  Learn grain marketing basics from a veteran and grain company manager. While this subject can be very extensive, learn the basic terms and how these tools and strategies can help you manage risks due to market fluctuations.

 

March 10th  Learn about improved tools and opportunities for livestock producers to manage livestock market issues and risk management programs and policies. The webex will also producer decisions and recent changes to the Livestock Risk Protection insurance policy.

 

March 17th  What are the requirements for Beginning Farmer loans and what information should you have prepared when meeting with an ag loan officer?  Learn these basics and more.  We will also provide information on tax credits to assist beginning farmers and how they can be used with other lenders such as USDA.

 

March 24th  Do you have a conservation plan?  Conservation planning involves working to address concerns on your land, with a focus on natural systems and ecological processes that sustain resources.  Then a USDA employees will provide information about their programs and services which can help you meet your conservation goals on your farm or farm operation, along with benefits related to farmer veterans.

 

March 31st Do you have a formal farm business structure, what are the types, or should you even set one up for your operation?  We will explore the options, benefits, and even pitfalls of forming an S-Corp, an LLC and other business structures.  The discussion on legal risks continues learn how these structures impact future planning or transition onto a farm?  We will also discuss the importance of separating enterprises and other topics as you learn to minimize legal risks.

 

For more Information or register here:   https://bit.ly/veteransinag-webinarseries

 

Recorded Lunch and Learn Series Links

Did you miss one of our Lunch and Learn Sessions?   They were recorded!  See the missed sessions using this link.