Executive Breakfast Forum

The Young Professionals in Agriculture (YPiA) Executive Breakfast Forum connects young professionals with today's agriculture executive leaders. Each year, the topic of the educational aspect of the Executive Breakfast Forum is selected based on activity within the agriculture industry. 

Join Us for a Morning Full of Networking!

Our 2020 Executive Breakfast Forum will take place on Friday, March 6, 2020,

at the FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny, Iowa. 

The annual YPiA Executive Breakfast Forum is designed to connect young professionals with today's agriculture executive (C-Suite level) leaders. The event will begin promptly at 7:00 a.m. and will conclude by 9:15 a.m. with additional networking available until 10:00 a.m.! This year's event will be hosted in Ankeny, Iowa at the FFA Enrichment Center

and will include a keynote speaker – see below!

During the breakfast, you will be seated at a table with a few executives and several young professionals. The goal of the forum is to provide a guided discussion between young professionals and the executives at the table.


The cost to attend the breakfast is $25 for paid members, $15 for students and FREE for farmers (with the code that was emailed to those that this applies to). For non-members, the cost is $35. YPiA membership includes an invitation to all YPiA events, YPiA e-newsletters, unique social networking opportunities, industry meet-ups, professional growth, committee membership opportunities, and leadership development. Deadline to register is Friday, February 28.


As agriculturalists, feeding the world starts with us and we are proud to announce our continued efforts to help make sure no Iowans go hungry. For the third year in a row at the YPiA Executive Breakfast Forum, we will be kicking off a food drive in partnership with the Food Bank of Iowa. The Food Bank of Iowa distributes about 1 million lbs. of food each month but that only meets about 50% of the existing need. Using their extensive networks the Food Bank of Iowa can multiply your gift, turning $5 into 20 meals or $25 into 100 meals. Please consider bringing a food item or monetary donation to the YPiA Executive Breakfast. Additionally, there will be donation boxes that you can take with you for local work or community drives.

** The Food Bank of Iowa is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit, and all donations are tax-deductible.

Please contact Haley Jones via hjones@iastate.edu with questions.















Robin Pruisner

State Entomologist, Hemp Administrator & Ag Security Coordinator
Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship

Robin Pruisner was appointed the State Entomologist and Bureau Chief of Entomology and Plant Science at the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship in 2003. Pruisner wears numerous hats in the department including Ag Security Coordinator, State Seed Control Official, and the newest hat, Iowa Hemp Administrator.

Pruisner is managing the implementation of the Iowa Hemp Act, signed by Governor Reynolds on May 13, 2019. This includes developing a hemp licensing program; establishing hemp sampling and testing protocols, and developing the administrative rules to carry out the provisions of the State Statute and 2018 Farm Bill. Pruisner is intimately familiar with the highs and lows, risks, and nuances of hemp farming in Iowa, 2020. Raised on a family farm in Grundy County, she currently lives in Central Iowa with her husband and five, sometimes six, beehives.


Confirmed Executive + Farmer Leaders Attendance


Each year, we invite industry executives and farmer leaders to join us from all over the state of Iowa and beyond. To see the list of 2020 confirmed attendees, please click here.


2019 YPiA Executive Breakfast Forum Sponsors

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