WEST DES MOINES, IOWA (December 7, 2020) The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) has opened registration for the 2020 Annual Meeting Webinar Series, which will provide a closer look at some of the lessons learned through COVID-19, from supply-chain disruptions and the future of economics surrounding agriculture.

The webinars are being held in lieu of the annual meeting’s traditional in-person breakout sessions and program based on COVID-19 proclamations by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds. Instead, a virtual 2020 business session will be held on December 18 with only county voting-delegates invited to participate in person from designated locations in their region. The gathering originally scheduled for December 8 and 9 in Des Moines has been canceled.

The 2020 Annual Meeting Webinar Series kicks off Thursday, December 10, 12PM, with "Lessons Learned from Responding to Covid-19." An expert panel featuring Reynolds Cramer, president of Fareway Meat & Grocery; Jessica Dunker, Iowa Restaurant Association’s executive director; and Ron Prestage of Prestage Farms will share lessons they have learned from food supply-chain disruptions and insight on industry changes amidst a global pandemic.

At 12PM, Tuesday, December 15, "What’s the Future of Agriculture?" featuring renowned futurist, Joe Kerns of Kerns and Associates, will analyze the variables and scenarios impacting agriculture moving forward, providing farmers with the need-to-know information to make best decisions for their farms as they look ahead.

The IFBF webinar series wraps up on Thursday, December 17, with the 12PM session, "Economics in Agriculture." Jackson Takach, Farmer Mac chief economist, and Dr Sam Funk, IFBF senior economist, will dive into the issues shaping the global-ag economy and key factors influencing farmers’ bottom line during a time of economic uncertainty and tight margins.

“Our goal throughout the pandemic has been ensuring the safety of members while continuing to provide the robust information they’ve come to expect from us,” says IFBF President Craig Hill. “Despite not being able to meet in-person in Des Moines, we are eager to share the expertise of a fantastic line-up of speakers through this special webinar series from the comfort and safety of their own homes. We also invite anyone interested in learning more about key issues impacting agriculture today to register for the webinars.”

The special three-part 2020 Annual Meeting Webinar Series is free, however registration is required to participate.  To register, go to www.iowafarmbureau.com/annualmeetingwebinarseries.

For more information about virtual annual meeting opportunities, please visit www.iowafarmbureau.com.

About Iowa Farm BureauThe Iowa Farm Bureau Federation is the largest statewide, grassroots farm organization in Iowa, celebrating 100 years of creating a vibrant future for agriculture, farm families, and their communities. For more information, visit www.iowafarmbureau.com.

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