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Weather outlook, farm bill leads Ag Show topics

By Staff | Nov 6, 2014

Shane Ellis

FORT?DODGE -The 13th annual Farm News Ag Show is set for Dec. 3 and Dec. 4 in Fort Dodge.

The show will be held at Iowa Central Community College’s east campus at 2031 Quail Ave.

A corps of seven speakers will bring visitors up to date on farm issues such as a weather outlook for 2015 and its effects on trendline yields, the advent of drone use for crop management, farm succession planning and understanding the 2014 farm bill.

Elwynn Taylor, Iowa State University’s climatologist, starts the speaker program at 9 a.m. on Dec. 3 to offer a weather outlook for 2015 and how weather patterns may affect trendline yields.

Brent Johnson, owner of Labre Crop Consulting, in Manson, will speak at 10:30 a.m., and will discuss how unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, are becoming instrumental in precision ag decision-making.

Myron Friesen

Myron Frieson, part-owner and financial representative for Farm Financial Strategies, will speak at 1:30 p.m. on “Farm Succession Strategies: By Design, Not By Default.”

Shane Ellis, an ISU farm management specialist, will speak at 3:30 p.m. to help farmers better understand the 2014 farm bill.

Dec. 4 speakers include David Kruse, president of CommStock Investments in Royal, and a Farm News columnist; Jill McDonald, product quality manager for Hillenbrand Inc., and Dr. Neil?Harl, ISU emeritus professor of economics.

Readers from across 33 counties in northwest and north central Iowa will have a chance to meet face-to-face with more than 70 exhibitors.

Lunch is available on-site by the Webster County Pork Producers from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 3 and by the Webster County Beef Producers from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 4.

Brent Johnson

Meals will be served by the Growth Alliance Ag Leaders with the help of Iowa Central Community College agricultural students.

There will be a free pancake breakfast for the first 525 guests from 7:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 4. The breakfast is catered by Chris Cakes and is sponsored by Lundell Plastics, of Odebolt.

More than 30,000 square feet of exhibitor space with exhibitors from Iowa and surrounding states showcasing their latest state-of-the-art technology in grain products, equipment, ag services, seed varieties and farm toys.

Parking is free, and there is no admission charge to the show.

Water, provided by Blue Ribbon Pelham Waters, of Fort Dodge, will be served during the speaker times.

Elwynn Taylor

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