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Farm News Ag Show place to be

By Staff | Nov 25, 2011

Even those with the most casual interest in agriculture will want to be on hand when the 10th annual Farm News Ag Show kicks off Wednesday at the Career Education Building on the Iowa Central Community College campus in Fort Dodge. The show will offer an exciting educational opportunity.

The two-day event will showcase the latest technology in grain and livestock products, agricultural services, seed varieties and farm toys. More than 60 exhibitors will be on hand. The range of their offerings is certain to be truly outstanding. Those who pay close attention to agricultural trends will find much on the show floor to expand their knowledge of options available today as well as those on the drawing boards for tomorrow.

Food for thought, of course, is at the core of a successful exhibition and this year’s show promises to meet that goal superbly. Featured speakers include:

  • Adam Wirt, POET regional biomass coordinator, will speak at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. His talk is titled “Beyond the Kernal: Stover Strategies for Biofuel Production – What We’ve Learned.” He will recount five years of experience in crop residue supply development. This presentation is sponsored by POET Biorefining, Gowrie.
  • Dr. Harold Prior, executive director of the Iowa Wind Energy Association, will speak at 1 p.m. Wednesday about the small wind turbine market. He will provide tips for prospective owners.
  • Elwinn Taylor, an agricultural meteorologist from Iowa State University, will speak at 3 p.m. Wednesday. His talk will explore the risks posed by the weather expected in 2012. Anderson Implement is sponsoring this presentation.
  • David Kruse, president of CommStock Investments and author of The CommStock Report, will speak at 9 a.m. Thursday. His theme will be “The Agricultural Eagle … in the flock of turkeys can the ag sector keep flying high?” United Bank of Iowa – Fort Dodge is sponsoring this presentation.
  • Karen Schwaller, a Farm News columnist, who writes about the lighter side of farm life.
  • Dr. Kendall Lamkey, chairman of the agronomy department at ISU, will speak at 1 p.m. Thursday. His talk will explore the prospects and challenges involved in raising a 300-bushel corn crop. Brokaw Supply is the sponsor of this presentation.

Intellectual stimulation will be complemented with an assortment of good food. Lunch will be available on-site from the Webster County Pork Producers from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday and from the Webster County Pork Producers from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday. Meals will be served by the Fort Dodge Area Chamber of Commerce Ag Relations Task Force with the help of Iowa Central Community College agriculture students.

There will be a free pancake breakfast for the first 525 guests from 7:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. on Thursday. The breakfast is catered by Chris Cakes and is sponsored by Lundell Plastics Corp. of Odebolt.

There will be much to see and learn at the show, but in addition to all that, there’s also the opportunity to win prizes, including a four-day, three-night trip for two to Las Vegas is a featured prize sponsored by IntelliAir, Travel and Transport and Farm News. Show attendees can also register to win a Bobcat cold water pressure washer valued at $1,600. The generator is provided by R & J Material Handling, Fort Dodge, and Farm News.

Farm News Ag Show partners include Anderson Implement, Brokaw Supply Co., Fort Dodge Area Chamber of Commerce Ag Relations Task Force, IntelliAir, Iowa Central Community College, Lundell Plastics, POET Biorefining-Gowrie, R & J Material Handling, Travel and Transport – Fort Dodge, United Bank of Iowa – Fort Dodge, Wagner’s Truck and Auto Sales, Webster County Pork Producers and the Webster County Beef Producers.

The Farm News Ag Show 2011 promises to be a splendid opportunity for education, good conversation, some outstanding food and just plain fun. See you there.

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