2017 Convention Agenda


  4:00PM  Tour of the Wallace Country Life Center

The Country Life Center – the birthplace of Henry A. Wallace – includes 40 acres of the original Wallace farm, restored farmhouse, Gathering Barn, restored prairie and pond, sculpture walking path, orchard and produce gardens, and the Gathering Table restaurant, gift shop, and market.

The Country Life Center is located at 2773 290th St, Orient, IA.

  6:30PM  IFU Education Foundation Reception

Hotel Greenfield (110 E Iowa St, Greenfield, IA)

Featured Speaker: Ricardo Salvador, Director of the Food & Environment Program for the Union of Concerned Scientists

Other Special Guests: 2018 Candidates for Iowa Governor (invited)

All proceeds from this event will go to benefit the IFU Education Foundation. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that carries out the educational mission of the Iowa Farmers Union. Contributions to the Foundation are eligible for state and local charitable gift tax deductions.

Suggested donation: $75 (all contributions are welcome)

You can RSVP for the reception when you register for the convention.


All Friday sessions will take place at the Warren Cultural Center (154 Public Square, Greenfield, IA).

8:00AM  Registration Opens

Light breakfast, coffee & tea

  9:00AM  Welcome

IFU President Aaron Lehman

  9:15AM  Opening Panel – “Sustainability in the Farm Bill & Beyond”

Panelists – Ricardo Salvador, Suzan Erem, Fred Kirschenmann, Denise O’Brien; Moderator – Jana Linderman

  10:45AM  Morning Breakout Sessions

  1. The Future of the Leopold Center – Mark Rasmussen, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture; Jerry Rosman, Moderator
  2. The Dicamba Debacle – Carmen Black, Pesticide Action Network of North America; Julia McGuire, Moderator
  3. Local Food Safety Collaboration – Chelsea Matzen, National Farmers Union; Ron Tigner, Moderator
  4. Partners in the Conservation Path: Resource Stewardship Evaluation Tool – Thomas Driscoll, National Farmers Union; Leah Ellinsohn, National Farmers Union
  5. Incentives Toward Cover Crop Adoption – Sally Gran, Moderator
  6. Water Quality Reality Check – Jennifer Terry, Iowa Environmental Council; Chris Petersen, Moderator

12:00PM  Noon meal

IFU Awards

President’s Address – IFU President Aaron Lehman

  1:00PM  Afternoon Breakout Sessions

Repeat of morning breakout sessions

  2:15PM  Fundraising Pitch

Aaron Lehman, IFU President & Deborah Bunka, IFU Membership Coordinator

*Silent auction ends at 2:30*

  2:30PM  Convention Keynote

Art Cullen, Co-Owner & Editor of the Storm Lake Times

Mr. Cullen was awarded a 2017 Pulitzer Prize in Editorial Writing for “editorials fueled by tenacious reporting, impressive expertise, and engaged writing that successfully challenged powerful corporate agricultural interests in Iowa.”

  3:30PM  Door Prize Draw (must be present to win)

  3:35PM  IFU Annual Member Meeting

  • Consideration of Bylaws & Minutes of 2016 IFU Convention
  • Election IFU Board of Directors, Iowa Delegate to 2018 NFU Convention
  • Consideration of 2018 IFU Legislative Policy

4:55PM  Door Prize Draw (must be present to win)  

5:00PM  Convention Adjourns

Iowa Farmers Union
PO Box 1883 Ames, IA 50010-1883