The third annual Beginning Farmers Conference will be held Jan. 26 at the Gateway Hotel and Conference Center in Ames, IA. The event will be hosted by the Beginning Farmers Network at Iowa State University.

The conference will feature sessions on a variety of topics, including machinery sharing, inter-generational farming and farm management. Sessions will be useful and informative for all producers. One session for beginning and experienced producers is called, "The Dating Game - Acquiring Land to Rent," presented by Kelvin Leibold, Iowa State Extension farm management field specialist.

The event's keynote speaker, Bill Northey, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, will discuss critical issues facing beginning farmers. He also will address his goals and vision for Iowa.

Registration is $30 before Jan. 16 and $40 thereafter. On-line registration is available at: http://www.ucs.iastate.edu/mnet/beginningfarmer/home.html. The conference agenda is on the web at: http://www.ucs.iastate.edu/mnet/beginningfarmer/schedule.html.

The BFN is a student-run organization at Iowa State designed to help students plan a career in production agriculture by networking with other beginning farmers and experts.

Source: Iowa State University