Soil Management and Land Value Conference Celebrates 90th Anniversary

Contacts:
Wendong Zhang; wdzhang@iastate.edu
Julie Kieffer; kiefferj@iastate.edu
Crystal Davis; crystald@amescvb.com
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Conference Planning and Management

May 16, 2017

(AMES, IA, May 16, 2017)—The 90th annual Soil Management and Land Value Conference was held on Wednesday, May 17 at the Scheman Building at Iowa State University (ISU), and is sponsored by the ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and ISU Extension and Outreach. The conference is designed for anyone who has an interest in agriculture land, land management, and land valuation. This is the longest running conference at ISU in both research and extension. Jim Frevert, a retired farm manager from Hertz Farm Management, is the longest attendee with 53 years of participation.

“As a new faculty member, I am very humbled and honored to carry on the torch to host the 90th Soil Management and Land Value Conference, the longest running conference at ISU, “said Wendong Zhang, Assistant Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, Iowa State University, and chair of the conference planning committee. “This, to me, is an excellent example of the public-private partnership between ISU and the agriculture industry started 90 years ago!”

This year, the Soil Management and Land Value Conference will look at several current issues in rural property management, appraisal and sale/purchase. “As a professional farm manager, rural appraiser and farm broker for 48 years with Hertz Farm Management, I attended most of the Soil Management and Land Valuation conferences during my career,” said Loyd Brown, long-time conference attendee. “The conference topics were always current, pertinent, helpful and delivered by excellent speakers. The meetings also provided opportunity to network with other farm managers, appraisers, realtors, ag finance professionals and others throughout Iowa. Hopefully, the conference will continue another 90 years and beyond!”

This year’s conference will feature topics on agricultural trade and economy; agricultural financial conditions; farm downturns and populations changes and its impact on rural communities; as well as a panel discussion on the historical focus of the Soil Management and Land Value Conference as it celebrates its 90th anniversary. For more information about the conference, please visit www.register.extension.iastate.edu.

For more information contact:

Julie Kieffer
Manager
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
Conference Planning and Management
515.294.1775
kiefferj@iastate.edu

Crystal Davis
Communications Manager
Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau
515.232.4032
crystald@amescvb.com