The Link



Announcing the 2nd Annual Iowa Women's Landowner Conference

Montezuma, IA - May 21, 2014: Women Land and Legacy (WLL) along with Iowa Land Sales & Farm Management are happy to announce their continuing partnership to host the Second Annual Iowa Women's Landowner Conference on June 19th, 2014 in Brooklyn, Iowa.

With women owning or co-owning nearly half of Iowa's farmland, they have the potential to transform Iowa's landscape and farm communities in significant and positive ways. Women, Land and Legacy is partnering with Iowa Land Sales & Farm Management to provide information to those who want to learn more about how to care for and pass on the land. Every effort is made to target the educational needs of women in Iowa, focusing on their empowerment and encouraging local contacts and relationships.

We are building on last year's successful conference by utilizing feedback from those 120 attendees. Two sessions will discuss estate planning with local experts from central Iowa. The other sessions will cover the 2014 Farm Bill programs with local USDA experts. This will be one of the first public meetings in Iowa to feature 2014 Farm Bill information in detail! The casual atmosphere and focus on local experts and resources make this a uniquely personal experience. 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 women connected to Ag in banking, insurance and Ag business to attend as well (not just farm owners)."

Mike Pearson, host of Market to Market and local farmer/businessman, will be moderating the event. Liz Mathis, current Iowa Senator, and former college professor and television news anchor, will kick-off the conference with an engaging keynote address. Joan Johanson, Humorist from Gowrie, Iowa will close out the day. Local session experts include: Rachelle Johnson, Attorney; Mark Hubbard, Financial Advisor with Farm and Business Financial Services; Jennifer Ness, Iowa County Executive Director - USDA FSA & Iowa County WLL team member; Kate Timmerman, Iowa County District Conservationist & Iowa County WLL team member; Kevin McClure, Chief Agricultural Program Specialist at the Iowa State FSA Office.

The conference will be held on Thursday, June 19th at the Michael J. Manatt Community Center in Brooklyn, Iowa. Registration begins at 8:30 am. Various speakers are scheduled throughout the day, concluding at 3:30 pm. Early registration is $30 for those registered by June 9th. After June 9th, the registration fee is $40. Snacks, lunch, handouts and door prizes are all provided.

To reserve your seat at the conference, register online by visiting You may also call 641-623-5263 and ask for Whitney or email her at If you wish to receive a hardcopy invitation in the mail, simply call or email Whitney as mentioned above and give her your mailing address. Registration fees may be paid in advance or on the day of the event.

- 30 -

Whitney Baethke




Times Citizen Communications, Inc. 406 Stevens St. Iowa Falls, IA 50126
Call: 1-800-373-1719 Fax: 641-648-4765 Email:
Copyright© Times Citizen Communications, Inc. All Trademarks or product names
mentioned herein are the properties of their respected owners.