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Farm News Ag Show is place to be

By Staff | Nov 27, 2015

Even those with the most casual interest in agriculture will want to be on hand when the 14th annual Farm News Ag Show kicks off at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the 2031 Quail Ave. on the East Campus of Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge. On Wednesday the show is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It resumes at 7:30 a.m. Thursday and runs until 3 p.m.

The two-day Ag Show will showcase a wide array of agricultural products and services. 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:

  • Mark Hanna, an Iowa State University Extension ag engineer will speak at 9 a.m. Wednesday. Hanna’s presentation is titled “How to Make My Farm More Energy Efficient.”
  • Kelvin Leibold, an ISU Extension and Outreach farm and ag business management specialist, will speak at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. His talk is titled “Cash Flow Crisis – Causes, Cures and Opportunities.”
  • Myron Friesen, of Farm Financial Strategies, will speak at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. He will explore “Farm Succession Strategies.”
  • Elwynn Taylor, an ISU climatologist will speak at 8 a.m. Thursday. He will discuss the “Weather Outlook for 2016.”
  • Dave Kruse, president of CommStock Investments, will speak at 10 a.m. Thursday. His talk is titled “Running the Gauntlet: The Ag Sector’s Epic Hunger Games.”
  • Bill Stowe, chief executive officer and general manager, Des Moines Water Works., will speak at 1 p.m. Thursday. His presentation is titled “Protecting Surface Water in Agricultural Watersheds.” Stowe’s talk will be answered at about 1:30 p.m. by Rep. Mike Sexton, R-Rockwell City and Calhoun County farmer, talking on “Documented Progression on Soil Conservation Practices.”

Intellectual stimulation will be complemented with an assortment of good food. There will be a free pancake breakfast from 7:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. on Thursday. The breakfast is sponsored by Lundell Plastics. Lunch is available on-site from the Webster County Pork Producers on Wednesday and by the Webster County Beef Producers on Thursday.

Show attendees can register to win a Bobcat 4,000 watt generator valued at $2100, sponsored by R&J Material Handling, Fort Dodge, and Farm News.

Farm News ag show partners include Iowa Central Community College, Webster County Farm Bureau, R & J Material Handling, Lundell Plastics, Great Western Bank, Fort Dodge; United Bank of Iowa, Fort Dodge; Farm Financial Strategies; John Pitzer Sales; Growth Alliance Ag Leaders; The Country Store; Blue Ribbon Pelham Waters; Webster County ISU Extension; Webster County Pork Producers; and Webster County Beef Producers.

See you there.

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