Ag Education Day planned
By KRISS NELSON
EMMETSBURG – Anyone involved in any way within the agricultural industry is encouraged to attend next week’s Ag Education Day.
It will be on Wednesday, March 13, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Wild Rose Casino in Emmetsburg, and will feature a variety of speakers.
The event, hosted by the Kossuth/Palo Alto County Economic Development Corporation, along with the Ag Committee and area ag-related businesses, will feature topics on trends and implications for Midwest agriculture, marketing grain, U.S. trade policies and the challenging skills needed to face changes now and in the future of agriculture.
“The event is to inform businesses and the farmer about what is going on out here on the farm,” said Tom Eischen, co-chair of planning for Ag Education Day. “It’s a daylong session. It’s Ag Education Day. It’s going to educate everybody that shows up. We have a motivational speaker that is going to give an upbeat message across to the farmers to not be down in the dumps and to have a positive outlook on life.”
Ag Education Day has been held every other year since 2007, and Eischen said those that attend are usually excited to return.
“It will be an experience and a wealth of knowledge you can get that day,” he said.
The mission statement for the Ag Committee of the Kossuth/Palo Alto County Economic Development Commission reads; “The Agriculture Committee shall prepare for, encourage, and identify value-added opportunities in the field of Agriculture for the benefit of Kossuth/Palo Alto Counties. This committee shall report to, and recommend specific action on such opportunities to the Boards of the Kossuth/Palo Alto County Economic Development Corporation.”
“Part of our mission is to educate,” says Maureen Elbert, executive director of Kossuth/Palo Alto County Economic Development Corporation. “Ag Education Day is a great opportunity for the ag industry to learn some of the latest trends in agriculture. We have a wide array of speakers that are very knowledgeable and will discuss topics in agriculture such as future trends, marketing crops, U.S. trade policies, and learn skills to cope with the current farm economy and get a positive outlook for the future.”
Ag Education Day speakers
David Beurle, founder and CEO of Future iQ, is the keynote speaker for the event and will provide unique research and analysis on the future of food that shapes an intriguing view of the future.
Following Beurle is Brenda Clark Hamilton, a motivational speaker who will discuss “The Mentally Strong Ag Leader: Skills to Face Whatever Comes Your Way with Wisdom and Confidence.”
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig will be speaking to the crowd via Skype, where he plans to update the attendees on U.S. trade policies.
The afternoon speakers will include Dr. Dermot Hayes, professor at Iowa State University, also speaking on trade.
Hart will be the final speaker, giving his take on marketing grain.
“Our ag economy is critical to our local economy and also globally,” Elbert said. “Our Ag Committee is always discussing what are issues relevant to the ag economy and how can we provide outlets to assist the local farmers and ag businesses.”
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