State of Now: AgIowa August 17

Join us August 17 at Scheman Building on the Iowa State Campus in Ames, Iowa from 2 to 5 pm for the State of Now: AgIowa Conference.  We know not everyone has a full day to dedicate to hearing about the effect of real time internet on today’s human being.  What if we could drill down and present you with information specific to your area of interest?

You’ll hear what other people just like you are doing and how they are using this technology in the Ag arena to improve their businesses and lives.  The cost is only $10 and tickets can be purchased at

Presentations are given by people using the technology of now every day. They will address how it’s affected their businesses and lives. There will be three hours of presentations in ten minute segments – with plenty of time for questions, cocktails and networking afterwards. There are no slide shows, boring visuals or distractions – just the presenter and you. It’s just like a real conversation.

Presenters are people in the field, just like you, who live and breathe this stuff and are at the intersection of Ag and Tech every day. People like Larry Sailer who farms near Iowa Falls, Iowa – Larry talks about how he uses the tools to get information to those people who want to know more about where their food is coming from. Heather Lilienthal works for Farm Bureau and Heather addresses the beauty of working the land like our forefathers did and still living in this century and using these new fangled tools. Michael Libbie works with Ag businesses and shows them how to use video to get their message out in the world. There are 15 people sharing their stories and information.

This day is made possible by the following sponsors:

Franklin County Farm Bureau, Latham Hi-Tech Seeds, Du-Pont Pioneer Seeds and 140 Character Conferences.

What will the speakers talk about?

  • Real time information about agronomic observations
  • Can you really blog? Who has time?
  • Telling the story of Iowa agriculture
  • Some of the best practices to use in social media for Ag
  • Tweet? What is that and why would I want to?
  • Where are we going with mobile technology?
  • What can you do with video and why would you want to?
  • Farming in Uganda … and Iowa
  • Best Food Practices and more!


Speakers include:

Deb Brown, Host of State of Now Iowa and farmer’s daughter

Jeff Caldwell, Multimedia Editor for and Successful Farming magazine at Meredith Corporation

Katy Flint, CellTech Inc.

April Hemmes, 2011 Midwest Farm Mom of the year, is a 4th generation farmer in Iowa

Shannon Latham, principle at Latham Hi-Tech Seeds

Michael Libbie, president of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications

Heather Lilienthal, Senior Communications Specialist at Iowa Farm Bureau Federation

Darcy Maulsby, Century Farmer and businesswoman

Laura Nguyen, manages digital and social media at DuPont Pioneer

Stacey Noe, Agricultural Entrepreneurship, ISU

Katie Olthoff, member of Iowa Turkey Federation and mommy blogger

Janice Person, Monsanto public affairs team and cotton blogger

Val Plagge, Young Farmer of the Year 2011, key player in Ag Urban Initiative, farm wife

Larry Sailer, Iowa Falls farmer

Abby White, Best Food Facts



Deb Brown

Debworks and 140 Character Conference/State of Now Iowa


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