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2011 Farm News Ag Show Extravaganza

November 22, 2011 - Dana Lantz
If you get the Farm News you must have heard that we have a farm show around the corner, or as of right now, 6 days, 22 hours, and 30 seconds from start time. The official phrasing is: The 10th Annual Farm News Ag Show, 2 Big Days! Wednesday, November 30th from 9am to 5pm and on Thursday, December 1st from 7:30am to 3pm. Now the unofficial phrasing is: The 8th Farm News Ag Show that I have orchestrated and 3 days of hard work, a little stress, long days, hand shakes, laughter, smiles and a big sigh of relief when it’s over.

Truth be told I probably do confidentially complain to my wife about the task at hand but that’s what spouses are for to hear us guys whine. Heck, ask my staff and they would probably say it would take all the cheese from Wisconsin to go along with all the whining I do. Alright, maybe a little exaggeration, but I am quite certain they would entertain you with stories if you asked them. Even though I am always glad for the show to be over, it’s also something I truly do enjoy. I have never been someone to shy away from hard work and I care a lot about making everyone who exhibits or attends the show have an enjoyable experience each year.

This year, though, is a special year. In celebration of our 10 year anniversary we are offering a grand prize trip for two to Las Vegas. Wow, right? The last time I was in Vegas was around 15 years ago on a manager’s convention. The company I worked for had just been bought out so no one knew me from the corporate office. When I got to the hotel, checked in and received my room key I proceeded to go into my room, not knowing who my roommate was going to be. When the door opened there was a half dressed, thirty-something year old woman standing there in utter shock, like I was a stalker or something. See, the name Dana is also a girls name as well as a boys name so somebody up the corporate ladder assumed that I had more estrogen flowing thru my veins than I actually do. Well once the embarrassing moment in both of our lives was over, I politely excused myself out of the room, alright, I ran out like the hotel was on fire, and went to officials to explain the problem. I ended up getting a suite near the top floor that was much nicer than the other manager’s rooms. True story. O.K. let’s get back on track, thanks to our friends at Intelliair & Bin Manager (Complete Grain Management) as well as Travel & Transport, of Fort Dodge, we are drawing for a 4 day, 3 night stay at the Wynn Hotel with flight accommodations through Delta of Fort Dodge. Now the travel date options are either February 12th – 15th or March 4th – 7th, 2012 but flight and hotel accommodations are subject to change based on availability.

We are also drawing for a 4,000 psi Bobcat cold water pressure washer worth a value of $1,600. This prize is sponsored from our long time friends of the show, R & J Material Handling. So when you come to the show, which is held at the Career Education Building on the campus of Iowa Central Community College, hang a right once you come into the entrance door, come to the Farm News booth and take a chance at drawing for these great prizes.

Now, let’s not forget about our speakers that we lined up. To start the show on Wednesday, November 30th, POET Biorefining-Gowrie is bringing in Adam Wirt who is the Regional Biomass Coordinator for POET and he will talk about what they have learned about crop residue supply development over the last 5 years. Adam will speak at 9:30am. Next in line is Dr. Harold Prior, Executive Director of the Iowa Wind Energy Association. Recently we have seen small wind turbines popping up on farm sites and acreages and he will discuss the market and tips as well as what to watch out for in this new type of investment. Dr. Prior will start speaking at 1pm. Elwinn Taylor is Iowa State University’s Agricultural Meteorologist. He will discuss the weather we should expect for next season’s crop season. He will speak at 3pm and is sponsored by Anderson Implement of Fort Dodge. On Thursday, December 1st, David Kruse, President of CommStock Investments and author of the CommStock Report will discuss marketing strategies. Every year David speaks he fills the room and I expect nothing less this year. Kruse will speak at 9am and is sponsored by United Bank of Iowa, Fort Dodge. Karen Schwaller is a staff writer for us and has a unique sense of humor in her writing style and will discuss the lighter side of farm life. Karen will speak at 11am. Last on the docket is Dr. Kendall Lamkey, Chairman of Iowa State University Agronomy Department. Dr. Lamkey will discuss the prospects and challenges to raising 300 bushel corn. I am anticipating a big crowd for that topic. I don’t know a farmer alive who wouldn’t give away his prized cow, or first born, or even his wife for an 80 acre field of 300 bushel corn, that would be awesome! Just kidding, good cows are hard to come by. Dr. Lamkey will speak at 1pm and is sponsored by Brokaw Supply of Fort Dodge.

On Thursday, December 1st we will have our annual FREE pancake breakfast. My staff and myself will personally feed our exhibitors from 7am to 7:30am then it will be open to the general public from 7:30am to 9:30am. It is once again catered by Chris Cakes and sponsored by Vance Lundell of Lundell Plastics, a long time friend of the show.

Lunch will be served both days from 11:30am to 1:30pm. On Wednesday the Webster County Pork Producers will grill up pork burgers and on Thursday the Webster County Beef producers will grill up hamburgers. The Fort Dodge Area Chamber of Commerce Ag Relations Task Force, of which I am a co-chair, will serve the meals along with help from students in the Ag program at Iowa Central Community College.

Last but not least we have over 70 companies who will have booth space at this two day event. The list of vendors are on this website so take a look and when you come out to the show please take time to visit with these businesses. I would personally like to thank all of our sponsors, for without their help this show could not be produced. I would also like to single out Iowa Central Community College for once again allowing us to have this exciting regional event housed in one of the best junior colleges in the country. Until next time and see you at the show!


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