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2014 NALC Speakers and Workshops

Speakers & Workshops
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Thursday Evening Welcome Speaker
Dr. David Acker, Associate Dean Academic & Global Programs, Iowa State University
Dr. Acker will welcome all of the attendees to Ames on bahalf of the Wilson Chapter and Iowa State University.
David has been involved in international research and education since 1975. He earned a Ph.D. from Oregon State University in 1989, including dissertation research conducted in Tanzania. He has been a Fulbright research fellow, served as a consultant in eight countries, and has served as the president of the Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education. He currently serves as a board member of the American Farm School.
Friday Evening Speaker:
Matt Deppe, Iowa Cattlemen's Association
Matt Deppe is the Chief Executive Officer of the Iowa Cattlemen's Association, which represents nearly 10,000 beef-producing families and associated companies dedicated to the future of Iowa’s beef cattle industry. He oversees programs that help ICA members set policy and program direction for the organization. Matt also serves as the Executive Director of the Iowa Cattlemen’s Foundation. Prior to his current position, Matt had extensive experience in Extension services for both Iowa State University and Purdue University. In the Extension service, he worked at both the county and regional level to provide organizational leadership and educational opportunities to citizens in a nine-county area. He also worked briefly for the Iowa Beef Industry Council as its Director of Industry Relations, where he provided producer information and training on Beef Quality Assurance.

Matt grew up on a family farm near La Motte in Jackson County; his family had a diversified crop and livestock operation that included Angus seedstock. He earned two animal science degrees. He has an undergraduate degree from Iowa State University, and a Masters of Science from Western Kentucky University.

Saturday Keynote Speaker
Mike Pearson, Market to Market, Iowa Public Television
Representing the sixth generation of Pearsons rooted in Midwestern agriculture, Mike grew up on a family farm in Iowa. His was instilled with a strong work ethic and, at the age of 12, he raised and exhibited the Grand Champion Market Hog at the Madison County Fair. After graduating from Winterset High School in 2003, Mike managed his family’s diversified grain and livestock operation and provided market updates and news reports for WOI Radio in Ames, Iowa. Upon graduation from Simpson College, Mike entered the banking industry in Grinnell, Iowa. His financial experience includes personal, commercial and agricultural lending. Mike succeeds his father, Mark Pearson, who hosted the Market to Market program for the past 20 years until his death in June of 2012.

Market to Market covers the 100 plus billion dollar business of food, and those issues affecting the 56 million citizens of rural America. From global trade conflicts to environmental controversies and changing technologies and emerging enterprises, Market to Market continues to explain the issues, and illuminate the alternatives that challenge rural America. Market to Market is produced by Iowa Public Television and airs exclusively on PBS stations across America.
Workshop Speakers:

Welcome to the REAL WORLD (life after college); Some expectations, Do's and Don'ts
Dr. Ron Deiter, Iowa State University
Not quite sure what to expect with life after college? This workshop will help to provide a little insight on the REAL WORLD. Dr. Ron Dieter will lead a discussion on what are some expectations to have as a recent college graduate as well as offer some dos and don'ts.

Financial Planning After College
Ryan Brooks, MassMutual Iowa
Join Ryan Brooks from MassMutual Iowa as he discusses the basics of financial planning and how to prepare yourself financially once graduation is here and you take your first step into the "real world.” This presentation will provide you with some tips and steps to take as a college student and soon-to-be graduate in order to financially secure your future.

Are you YouTube Ready? Advocating Your Passion For Agriculture
Jodi Sterle
Learn more about social media and how to use it to be an agriculture advocate.This workshop will focus on personal interaction and how we can help bridge the gap between agriculture and the general population.

The Ups and Downs of Agricultural Markets
Chad Hart
The outlook for agriculture is shifting quickly. This presentation will explore the outlook for crop and livestock agriculture, examine the impact the general economy and land markets have on agriculture, and expand on how government policy can affect farming.

Being a Steward of the Land – The Role of Conservation Practices
Dr. Richard Schultz
Sustainability is a hot topic – using strategically placed and timely conservation practices can make agricultural fields and surface water sustainable. We will discuss the design and use of grass waterways, field borders, denitrifying bioreactors, contour buffers, buffers and filter strips, rewetted buffers, constructed wetlands and cover crops.

Climate Change and Agriculture: The Basics
Dr. Brian Hornbuckle
Agricultural productivity is closely tied to climate. This presentation will introduce the basic physics of climate change, explore how climate change impacts agriculture, and consider what farmers can do to adapt.

Chapter Chancellors: What is the AZ Affiliate Agreement?
Alpha Zeta National Leadership
Alpha Zeta recently distributed a new Affiliate Agreement and Resources Binders to all chapters. Chapter Chancellors and Advisors should plan to attend this session and learn more about the Affiliate Agreement and what to expect. National Office staff and High Council members will be there to answer questions about specifics in the Affiliate Agreement.

Leading with your Values
Dr. Clinton Stephens
Leadership is one of the founding principles of Alpha Zeta. Learn more in this workshop on how to enhance your leadership skills and how to lead with your values.

Chapter Development
Gianni Parente, High Council Student Representative
Is your chapter looking for some new ideas? Curious about what other chapters do for service projects, fundraising, and other activities? This workshop will provide chapters with the opportunity to share ideas on fundraising, service projects, recruitment, and social activities.

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