2015 Annual Meeting Program

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Iowa State Center – Scheman Continuing Education Building

Ames, Iowa

Meeting Program

8:00-11:30 Registration-Coffee, Juice and Pastries
8:30-9:00 Regional Caucus-Steve Simmons
9:00-9:45 Member Meetings for establishing legislative priorities
Grain and Farm Supply-Rollie Svoboda
Ag Production and Processing-Matt Caswell
Energy – Steve Schaller
Farm and Coop Credit – James Nygren
Rural Electric – Tim Coonan
Telecommunications – Gary Clark
Credit Unions – John Murphy
10:00-10:45 Issues in CommonKayla Lyon and Mike St. Clair
10:00-11:00 Retired Managers’ Reunion
10:45-11:00 Refreshment Break
11:10-12:00 KEYNOTE SPEAKER- Mark Mayfield

“The glass ain’t half empty, it’s just too big”

12:00-12:45 Lunch
12:45 -1:45 Annual Business Meeting, Hall of Fame

Review of IIC Business, Vote on Legislative Policy Resolutions

Presentation of Hall of Fame Award —

Joseph K. Anniss and G. Joe Lyon

1:45-2:00 Refreshment Break
2:00-2:45 Breakout Sessions
Water Quality-

Click here for Steve Hershner’s  water quality presentation

Co-op Intern Panel
Changing Payment Options-
3:00-3:45 Breakout Session
Economic OutlookWhat does 2016 look like in the agricultural economy

Click here for Dr. Schulz presentation

Click here for Dr. Hart’s presentation

4:00 Adjourn

2015 Annual Meeting Speaking Program

KEYNOTE SPEAKER—Humorist Mark Mayfield
“The glass ain’t half empty, it just too big”

Mark Mayfield was raised on a hog and cattle operation in southeast Kansas and assisted his father in operating an agriculture construction firm specializing in truck scales, grain bins, and elevator equipment.  He graduated Magna Cum Laude with two degrees from Kansas State University and served as National President of the Future Farmers of America.

Over the years, he has been a farmer, teacher, lobbyist, professional model and spokesperson, radio personality, author, and nightclub owner.  He doesn’t understand the concept of steady employment.  Most importantly, he is regarded as the World’s Greatest Grandpa, at least by four little people.

He has received rave reviews sharing the stage with a wide variety of celebrities and political figures and has introduced the President of the United States on a live, nationwide television broadcast.

In the keynote presentation, Mark will have you laughing at his off-beat, observational humor as he helps you manage change through creativity.  The program is guaranteed to make you laugh and make you think.

Water Quality Steve Hershner, Cedar Rapids Utilities Director, and staff members will discuss their work with water/wastewater industries and other key stakeholder communities in their efforts to reduce nutrients throughout the Cedar River Corridor.

This session will be moderated by Mike Naig, IDALS Deputy Secretary.

Co-op Intern Panel Three IIC Scholarship recipients, Olivia Bisbee, Ashley Smeby and Raegan Hoefler, will share their thoughts on their summer work experiences at member cooperatives.  Their perspective may offer insight into the make-up of your own internship program as you evaluate and plan for next year.

This session will be moderated by Dr. Keri Jacobs, IIC Economist Professor, ISU.

Payment Options Karen Postma of THE MEMBERS GROUP, an affiliate of Iowa Credit Union League, will lead a discussion on the changing landscape of how we pay at the register.  Will we swipe and sign, insert and PIN, or tap and pay with our phones and watches?  Are these new methods more secure for the retailer and the consumer?
Economic Outlook This is always a very timely way to end our annual meeting.  Dr. Chad Hart and Dr. Lee Schulz of Iowa State University will provide their insights to what looks to be a very exciting year in the agriculture commodity world. Chad and Lee will take an objective look at what forces are in play and how the next cycle in agriculture could play out.

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