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Farm Show scheduled for Dec. 5-6 run

By Staff | Nov 9, 2012

By LARRY KERSHNER

kersh@farm-news.com

FORT DODGE – The Farm News’ annual two-day Farm Show is set for Dec. 5 and Dec. 6 with a line-up of eight speakers and 60 or more exhibitors.

The two-day event will be held at Iowa Central Community College at the Career Education Building, 1 Triton Circle, in Fort Dodge.

Bill Northey, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, will speak on Dec. 5 at 3 p.m. Northey, a fourth-generation farmer from Spirit Lake, will provide an overview of Iowa’s ag opportunities.”

Northey is serving his second term as Iowa Secretary of Agriculture after being re-elected in November 2010.

As ag secretary, Northey has committed to traveling to each of Iowa’s 99 counties every year to hear from farmers and rural residents with a stake in the future of agriculture.

These meetings, he said, allow him to listen to their needs and better lead the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship as it seeks to serve the people of the state.

He said his priorities as secretary of agriculture are advancing science and new technologies to better care for our air, soil and water and reaching out to all Iowans to tell the story of Iowa agriculture.

Another speaker, Mark Licht, an Iowa State University agronomist, will speak at 1 p.m. on Dec. 5 offering crop management considerations for 2013.

Licht was recently on a volunteer assignment to Ukraine where he advised farmers on how to improve their practices in growing and harvesting corn and soybeans.

He’s been involved up close and personal with producers’ challenges during the 2012 growing season, made presentations at several crop-damage meetings, and has options for the 2013 season to pass along to producers.

There are six other speakers scheduled for the two-day Farm Show including:

  • Dec. 5 at 9 a.m: Todd Sears, president of IntelliAir, western district manager, to discuss “Bringing profits to grain storage.”
  • Dec. 5 at 11 a.m: Kelvin Leibold, an ISU farm and ag business management specialist, talking on “Future issues impacting agriculture.”
  • Dec. 6 at 8 a.m: Dr. Elwynn Taylor, ISU climatologist, discussing “Weather and crop outlook for 2013 and beyond.”
  • Dec. 6 at 10a.m: Richard Cruse, director of the Iowa water Center at ISU, talking on “Tillage, fertilizer replacement and managing for dry conditions.”
  • Dec. 6 at 12 noon: Myron Friesen, a representative of Farm Financial Strategies, discussing “Farm Legac: Adding clarity to uncerrtain times.”
  • Dec. 6 at 1:45 p.m: Erika Eckley, staff attorney at the Center for Agriculture Law and Taxation, discussing “Legal and tax issues affecting Iowa’s ag sector.”

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