Even those with the most casual interest in agriculture will want to be on hand when the 11th annual Farm News Ag Show kicks off Wednesday at the Career Education Building on the Iowa Central Community College campus in Fort Dodge. The show will offer an exciting educational opportunity.
The two-day event will showcase a wide array of agricultural products and services. More than 70 exhibitors will be on hand. The range of their offerings is certain to be truly outstanding. 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:
Todd Sears, president of IntelliAir and western district manager of Professional services, will speak at 9 a.m. Wednesday. His talk, titled "Bringing Profits to Grain Storage," is sponsored by IntelliAir.
Kevin Liebold, a farm and ag business management specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, will be featured at 11 a.m. Wednesday. He will explore "Future Issues Impacting Agriculture."
Mark Licht, a field agronomist with ISU Extension and Outreach will discuss "Crop Management Considerations for 2013." His presentation is at 1 p.m. Wednesday.
Bill Northey, Iowa's secretary of agriculture, will be on hand at 3 p.m. Wednesday to provide "An Overview of Iowa Ag's Opportunities."
Elwynn Taylor, an ISU agricultural meteorologist, will kick off Thursday's presentations at 8 a.m. He will explore the "Weather and Crop Outlook for 2013 and beyond." This talk is sponsored by Brokaw Supply.
Richard Cruse, an ISU professor and director of the Iowa Water Center, will address "Tillage, Fertilizer Placement and Managing for Dry Conditions." His talk at 10 a.m. Thursday is sponsored by Blue Ribbon Pelham Waters.
Myron Friesen, Farm Financial Strategies financial representative, will speak at noon Thursday on "Farm Legacy: Adding Clarity in Uncertain Times."
Erika Eckley, staff attorney at the Iowa State Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation, will be on hand at 1:45 p.m. Thursday to discuss "Legal and Tax Issues Affecting Iowa's Agricultural Sector."
Intellectual stimulation will be complemented with an assortment of good food. Lunch will be available on-site from the Webster County Pork Producers from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday and from the Webster County Beef Producers from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday.
There will be a free pancake breakfast for the first 525 guests from 7:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. on Thursday. The breakfast is catered by Chris Cakes and is sponsored by Lundell Plastics Corp. of Odebolt.
There will be much to see and learn at the show, but in addition to all that, there's also the opportunity to win prizes. For example, show attendees can register to win a Kubota Toolbox valued at $2,000, sponsored by R&J Material Handling, Fort Dodge, and Farm News.
Farm News Ag Show partners include Blue Ribbon Pelham Waters, Brokaw Supply, Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance Ag Relations Task Force, Heartland Ag, IntelliAir, Iowa Central Community College, Lundell Plastics, R&J Material Handling, Webster County Farm Bureau, Webster County Beef Producers and Webster County Pork Producers.
The Farm News Ag Show 2012 promises to be a splendid opportunity for education, good conversation, some outstanding food and just plain fun. See you there.