Soil Management and Land Valuation Conference to be held in Ames
April 14, 2016
The 89th annual Soil Management and Land Valuation Conference, the longest running conference at Iowa State University, will be held on May 18 in the Scheman Building on the ISU campus.
The conference, which runs from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., is sponsored by the ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and ISU Extension and Outreach. It is intended for farm managers, rural land appraisers, real estate brokers and others interested in the land market in Iowa.
“This is the longest-running conference at Iowa State and it has consistently provided up to date information on issues that are relevant to the broader agricultural community,” said Wendong Zhang, assistant professor of economics and extension economist at Iowa State University.
The conference will feature discussions on six topics, with ISU Extension and Outreach researchers having a strong presence throughout the event. The overall theme will be the issues with implications for soil management and land valuation. The topics of conversation for the conference include:
- Global Economic Outlook: What does a slowing China and a strong U.S. dollar mean for U.S. agriculture? Presented by Nathan Kauffman, assistant vice president, Omaha Branch executive and economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
- Panel Discussion on Current and Future Cash Rents in Iowa by three agricultural lenders and farm managers. Moderated by Alejandro Plastina, assistant professor and extension economist at Iowa State University
- Excessive Spring Rain Will Be More Frequent (except this year): Weather tools to manage it. Presented by Chris Anderson, assistant director Climate Science Group at Iowa State University
- Soil Fertility Management with Tight Crop Production Margins. Presented by John Sawyer, professor and extension specialist in soil fertility and nutrient management at Iowa State University
- Cover Crops, Wetlands and Conservation Drainage: Why we need to adopt and how many acres are needed.Presented by Matt Helmers, professor and extension agricultural engineer in agricultural and biosystems engineering at Iowa State University
- Evaluating Hunting Leases: Implications for recreational land values. Presented by Tom Steen, the Hunting Lease Network, Farmers National Company
The Iowa Appraiser Examining Board has approved the conference for six hours of continuing education. The Iowa Real Estate Commission also has approved the conference for six hours of continuing education for renewal of a real estate and broker’s license.
Conference registration can be done online, with the event costing $100 for those who register on or before May 4 and $110 after May 4.