Farming Matters is a forum for Iowa crop and livestock producers to learn more about regulatory issues, neighbor relations and environmental topics. The seminar, sponsored by the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers, is scheduled for Tuesday, March 28, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.  at the Holiday Inn/Amana Colonies.

A combination of general and concurrent sessions will offer insight on developing successful business plans for raising livestock, effectively using animal nutrients in crop production and meeting and exceeding regulations. Other topics include enhancing neighbor relations and understanding financing options available to livestock producers. 

Bruce Babcock, director of the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, will explore the economic incentives that make livestock production an attractive business opportunity in 2006. And a producer panel chaired by public relations expert Carol Bodensteiner will offer insight into ways producers can enhance relationships with neighbors while making changes to their enterprises.    

The forum also will provide producers interested in diversifying their enterprises with a systematic guide for getting started raising livestock.  The session “So you want to build a livestock barn?” will be facilitated by CSIF organization director Rex Hoppes and Eldon McAfee, legal counsel representing the Iowa Pork Producers Association.

Early-bird registration for “Farming Matters” is $25 by March 10 and $45 after March 10. All early-bird registrants will receive a complimentary CSIF cap the day of the event. For more information or to register, log on to or call

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