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Pay a visit to the Farm News Ag Show

By Staff | Dec 3, 2018

No matter which side of the ag sector you are in, whether it be a producer or in agribusiness you will want to attend the 17th annual Farm News Ag Show.

The two-day show is open Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

There will be a wide range of agricultural products and services featured at the event that covers more than 30,000 square feet of show space. Those who pay 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.

The show will also offer a great line-up of speakers:

  • Ed Case, consultant with Hurley and Associates will speak from 9-10:15 a.m. on Wednesday, discussing “Stay Committed to a Successful Marketing Approach Even During Uncertain Times.”
  • Matt Helmers, director of the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Center will speak from 10:30-noon on Wednesday, about the challenges and opportunities of the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy.
  • Kelvin Leibold, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach farm and ag business management specialist will speak Wednesday from 1-2:30 p.m. where he will discuss, “Factors Impacting Future Farm Profits in a Global Economy.”
  • Diann Andrews, an estate and succession planning specialist for NextStage Legacy Advisors is scheduled to speak from 3-4:30 p.m. on Wednesday and will discuss, “Planning is a Process, Not an Event.”
  • Elwynn Taylor, ISU climatologist will start the day on Thursday speaking from 8:30-10 a.m. when he will provide a weather outlook for 2019.
  • Farm News’ own columnist, David Kruse will speak Thursday, 10:30 a.m.-noon with his take on trade and marketing concerns with “America First, Agriculture last.”
  • Bob Hartzler, ISU weed science professor will round out the speakers talking weed resistance with his discussion, “It’s Time to Re-think Weed Control.”

Water will be served during the speaker presentations courtesy of Blue Ribbon Pelham Waters of Fort Dodge.

Lunch is available on-site by the Webster County Pork Producers from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday and by the Webster County Beef Producers from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday. Meals will be served by the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance Ambassadors with the help of Iowa Central Community College agricultural students.

There will be a free pancake breakfast for the first 525 guests from 7:30-9:30 a.m. on Thursday. The breakfast is catered by Chris Cakes and is sponsored by the Webster County Farm Bureau.

In addition to the exhibits and speakers, attendees will also have the chance to win a Kubota two-piece, 19 drawer tool box that values at $2,400. The giveaway is sponsored by R&J Material Handling of Fort Dodge.

There will also be a raffle for a chance to win one of two half hogs. Tickets can be purchased at the Farm News booth or from Iowa Central Community College agricultural students. Proceeds for the raffle will go towards the Iowa Central Community College agricultural scholarship fund. The hog is donated by the Webster County Pork Producers and processing is courtesy of the Lohrville Locker.

Farm News Ag Show partners include Iowa Central Community College, Farm Bureau, Webster County, R&J Material Handling, Prinsco, United Bank of Iowa/Fort Dodge, John Pitzer Sales, The Country Store, Hurley & Associates, Next Stage Legacy Advisors, Blue Ribbon Pelham Waters, Fort Dodge Growth Alliance, Webster County ISU Extension office, Webster County Pork Producers, Webster County Beef Producers, Lohrville Locker, Sunderman Farm Management, CJ Bio America, S&S Equipment and Twin Lakes Environmental.

The Farm News Ag Show will be held at the Iowa Central Community College’s east campus, 2031 Quail Ave, Fort Dodge.

See you there.

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