The Iowa Farmers Union State Convention is a chance for members from all over Iowa to connect with one another, hear from world-renowned speakers, attend educational sessions, and influence changes made to our guiding policy.

Below is a preliminary agenda for the IFU 2022 Annual Convention. As speakers, moderators, and workshop participants are confirmed, this agenda will be updated.

Friday, December 2

  • 9:30 am:
    • Convention registration and check-in table opens
  • 11 am – 2 pm
    • Leadership development seminar
      • Lunch is included

IFU Education Foundation Fundraiser

Location: Tremont On Maine Restaurants & Inn, 24 W Main Street, Marshalltown

  • 4 pm
    • Authors Roundtable & Book Signing featuring writers Neil Hamilton, The Land Remains, Beth Hoffman, Bet the Farm, and Sarah Vogel, The Farmers Lawyer, will read from and discuss their books, followed by a book signing.
  • 5:30 – 7 pm
    • IFU Education Foundation Celebration
    • featuring music, food, cash bar, and more! A relaxed evening of good music, great food & drink and engaging community.
    • This event requires extra registration. Admission is a suggested donation of $75 per person or $130 per couple.

Saturday, December 3

  • 7:00 am
    • Convention registration and check-in table opens
  • 8:00 am
    • Convention Welcome and State of the Farmers Union’ address
  • 8:30 am
    • Guest Speaker, Representative Ro Khanna (CA-17)
  • 9:00 am
    • Iowa Food Plan Panel Discussion
  • 10:30 am
    • BREAK Please take this time to visit our sponsor’s tables.
  • 10:45 am
    • Choice of 3 Concurrent Workshops
    • (see below)
  • 12 pm
    • LUNCH
  • 1 pm
    • Keynote Speaker: Dr. Ricardo Salvador, Director and Senior Scientist, Food & Environment Program, Union of Concerned Scientists
  • 2:00 pm
    • BREAK Please take this time to visit our sponsor’s tables.
  • 2:15 pm
    • Choice of 3 Concurrent Workshops
  • 3:15 pm
    • IFU Board Elections
  • 3:30 pm
    • Policy Sessions
  • 5:00 pm
    • Convention Adjournment

Having issues with your registration? Email Christina Dexter at [email protected] or call 816-738-5402.

Meet the keynote speaker, Dr. Ricardo Salvador

As the senior scientist and director of the Food and Environment Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists, Ricardo Salvador has over four decades of experience working with citizens, scientists, economists, and politicians to transition our current food system into one that grows healthy foods while employing sustainable and socially equitable practices.

Read Dr. Salvador’s full bio here:

Spreading the Farmers Union Message | Dec. 2 from 11 – 2 pm CT

With Guest Speakers Suzan Erem and John Whitaker

Iowa Farmers Union is a farmer-led policy organization that focuses on education, cooperation, and policy. The success and power of grassroots advocacy depends on the leadership of members in each of these three categories. This leadership training aims to emphasize the passion and values behind the Farmers Union message and teach participants the important skills needed to energize and spread the movement with the ultimate message: “you get out of what you put in.”

Your Choice of Three Concurrent Workshops

Saturday, Dec. 3 at 10:15 am & again at 1 pm

Ag Fairness for Farmers: Fighting Agricultural Consolidation

This workshop will feature a presentation from National Farmers Union about the issue of consolidation in Iowa followed by a discussion between farmers about how consolidation has increased over time in Iowa and the practical ways that they are remaining profitable as independent farmers despite the challenges of a concentrated market. 

Speakers: Coming Soon

Conservation Incentives: Where Good Farming and Profitability Meet

This workshop will feature a presentation on the incentives available for farmers who are practicing conservation followed by a discussion on good farming practices as a way to build a profitable independent small farm business and a healthy state environment.

Speakers: Coming Soon

Farmers and Allies: Fighting the Use of Eminent Domain for Private Gain

 This workshop will be focused on practical ways that Iowans can resist the use of eminent domain for private gain in relation to the proposed carbon pipeline projects.

Speakers: Jess Mazour, Iowa Chapter of the Sierra Club

Iowa Farmers Union
PO Box 1883 Ames, IA 50010-1883
[email protected]