Soybean field in Iowa

(Photo: Iowa Soybean Association / Joclyn Bushman)

Farm Forward

Date & Time: January 30, 2024 | 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Location: Des Moines Marriott Downtown 700 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309

Changes in domestic and international markets can rapidly impact the value of Iowa’s soybean crop.

Join the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) and guest presenters to learn about key international trends and domestic policy changes to give your operation an edge in 2024 and beyond.

Event Agenda

9:30 a.m. - Registration 

10 a.m. - Global Changes Impacting U.S. Ag Exports 

Frank Kelly, Fulcrum Macro Advisers LLC, Founder & Managing Partner

11a.m. - Iowa's Bioenergy Market: What's Next?

Learn about past, present and future biofuel markets, including the global boom in renewable diesel, rapid growth of soy processing and the growing market for crop residues and cereal rye.

12 p.m. - Lunch 

1 p.m. - Future of soybean breeding

Hear how soybean breeders are at the forefront of helping farmers take advantage of future market opportunities, while continuing to protect against disease, weather and weed pressures.

2 p.m. - Break 

2:15 p.m. - Farm income and market outlook

Leading agricultural economists and experts from private ag intelligence firms will share key trends to help you have a productive and profitable 2024.

3:15 p.m. - Your checkoff dollars at work

Join a facilitated discussion with ISA leadership to better understand how your checkoff dollars are driving soy demand and cutting-edge research. Attendees will have the chance to provide feedback on what topics they want ISA to talk more about.

3:30 p.m. - State of farm policy

Learn more about current state and federal farm policy and how these policies could impact farmers.

5:30 p.m. - ISA Legislative Reception

Farm Forward participants are invited to join state policymakers and fellow farmers at ISA's Annual Legislative Reception in Des Moines. Located at 322 E Court Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309

Optional: Iowa Ag Expo

Attendees will also receive a ticket to the Iowa Ag Expo on Jan. 31 in Des Moines. The expo opens at 9 a.m. and will take place at the Iowa Events Center, 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309.

Register today to reserve your spot

Submit your registration by using the form below. If you have additional questions, contact Bre Wagner at 515-669-7963 or