Empowering Veterans to Thrive in Agriculture

2016 Regional Beginning Farmer and Military Veteran Workshops

Sponsored by: Iowa Bankers Association, Farm Service Agency
FFA Alumni, Iowa Finance Authority, Veterans In Agriculture

Workshop Objectives Raise awareness of programs that support beginning farmers and military veterans
Identify program processes and points of contact

Targeted Invitees: Ag lenders, attorneys, CPAs, Farm Management Firms, Farm Coop Managers, FSA staff
Beginning and transitioning farmers, military veterans, FFA alumni, ag students
Everyone is welcome to attend and invite others interested in these programs
8:30-9:00 am Registration and coffee

9:00-9:30 am Farm Service Agency beginning farmer programs

9:30-10:00 am Iowa Finance Authority beginning farmer programs

10:00-10:15 am Veterans In Agriculture update

10:15-10:30 am Break

10:30-11:00 am Ag lender panel on regional ag topics

11:00-11:30 am Q & A

11:30 am Adjourn with regional FFA alumni and military veteran committee meetings

▪ There is no charge to attend these workshops
▪ See location and map for each workshop and to register at www.iowafinanceauthority.gov/iadd
▪ If questions, send email to IADD@iowa.gov

The assistance and support provided by the eight community college workshop hosts are sincerely appreciated
City Locations Dates Deadline to email RSVP
Calmar NEICC March 3 March 2
Emmetsburg Iowa Lakes CC March 8 March 7
Ankeny DMACC March 10 March 9
Ottumwa Indian Hills CC March 31 March 30
Mason City NICC April 8 April 7
Cedar Rapids Kirkwood CC April 12 April 11
Creston SWICC April 14 April 13
Carroll DMACC April 15 April 14

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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.