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Iowa Farm Bureau to host economic summit in June

by Ben Nuelle

Farmers now face a slow and dragging economy and it looks like it could go on a few more years. Iowa Farm Bureau Federation will host an economic summit June 27th. The 2016 Iowa Farm Bureau Economic Summit is titled “Buckle up for a Bumpy Ride.” It will take place in West Des Moines.

According to IFBF, one of the mounting challenges farmers face is challenges in the export market both from international competitors and high tariffs on beef and pork, limiting the U.S. exports of those commodities.  Additionally, here at home, the leading candidates for U.S. President have been critical of potential trade agreements, such as the TransPacific Partnership (TPP), which farmers consider essential for the sustainability of their family farms.

“Meeting these challenges and remaining competitive in the export markets is extremely important for Iowa crop and livestock farmers,” said Dave Miller, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) director of research and commodity services.  “That’s why exports is one of our focal points in our upcoming Economic Summit.”

The economic summit will begin at 7:30am Monday June 27th at 5400 University Avenue in West Des Moines.

Summit registration, which includes access to all presentations and lunch, is $75 for Farm Bureau members and $100 for non-members.  Register now for this essential risk management seminar.  Visit www.iowafarmbureau.com or call Lavonne Baldwin at 515-225-5633 or email lbaldwin@ifbf.org.

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