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. This year enjoy our convention from the comfort of your own home as we embark on our second virtual State Convention.

Meet the keynote speaker, Dr. Neil Hamilton.

Professor Hamilton is one of the nation’s leading authorities on the role of law in shaping agriculture and the food system. He has lectured throughout the United States and in over 20 other countries. He has taught agricultural law for 30 years and has written more than four dozen law review articles and several books on food and agricultural law issues. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Nantes in France for 18 years and teaches annually at the agricultural law graduate program at the University of Arkansas.

Please note, each individual session has a unique link. To access the sessions use the corresponding link that is mentioned below the session title.

To get a downloadable agenda with call in options, visit

Thursday, December 2

  • Noon:
    • Welcome
    • State of the Farmers Union address with IFU President Aaron Lehman
    • a message from NFU President Rob Larew
  • 3:30 pm
    • BREAK
  • 6:30 pm
    • ‘Speaking Truth to Power’- Iowa Farmers Union Educational Foundation fundraiser. A media panel talking about the Ag issues of the day
    • This event required extra registration with an admission cost of $50.
    • Those registered for the event will have received a special link to join.
    • If you have not registered but would like to attend, email [email protected]

Friday, December 3

  • 10:30 am
    • BREAK

Saturday, December 4

  • 2:30 pm
    • BREAK
  • 4:30 pm
    • Convention Adjournment

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

Your Choice of Three Concurrent Workshops

Friday, Dec. 3 from 11 am – 12 pm CT | Saturday, Dec. 4 from 10:30 – 11:30 am CT

Mastering Climate Change Resilience

Preparing for the Future: prepare your land to be more resilient to the effects of climate change, learn what changes we can expect to see in the future in both climate and policy

Speakers: Dennis Todey, Ron Rosmann, Aaron Shier

Moderator: Mike Carberry

Building Infrastructure for Local Food

Keeping it Local: building infrastructure for local foods that can lead to more vibrant family farms and healthy communities.

Speakers: Tony Thompson, Jason Grimm, Ellen Walsh-Rosmann, Teresa Wiemerslage

Moderator: Julia McGuire

The Future of Iowa Conservation

Improving our water quality: what future conservation initiatives might look like and how to start on your farm

Speakers: Barbara Stewart, Haleigh Summers, andLee Tesdell

Moderator: Matt Nowatzke

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