April 3 - 4, 2014

Scheman Building, Ames, Iowa

Presentations, handouts and discussion summaries are also available on the program page and listed in the schedule.

The spring 2014 Professional Development sessions are open to all ANR field and campus staff, plus county staff and regional directors who have interests and responsibilities in work related to agriculture and natural resources.

The April 3 program focuses on two broad topics pertinent to Iowa: Water quality issues and initiatives, and the Farm and Rural Community Financial Situation. The presentations and discussions on April 3 will be directed to providing background and information that will be applied to program planning discussions on the second day, and used througout the year in ANR programming.

On April 4, members from ANR Plan of Work Teams and Area Ag Teams will join a cross-disciplinary discussion group the first two hours. These facilitated discussion sessions will provide an opportunity for representatives from different teams to share knowledge and to seek options for inter-disciplinary program planning. The topic options include Water Quality, Farm & Rural Community Financial Health, Beginning Farmers, and Local Foods. Then, from 10:00 am to noon, POW Teams have the option to meet using available space in the Scheman Building.