Iowa Central Community College and the Iowa Corn Growers' Association will be hosting a free Crop Fair from 9 a.m. to noon on Feb. 22 on the Fort Dodge campus in the Career Education Building, rooms 108-110.
Speakers for this year's event include:
9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Bob Streit, independent crop consultant, will speak on the importance of micronutrients in 2012.
Streit grew up in Mitchell County near Osage, earned his degrees from Iowa State University and obtained additional training at the universities of Illinois, Minnesota, Kansas State, Missouri, South Dakota and Nebraska.
He began his career working with Servi Tech out of Dodge City, Kan. After moving back to Iowa, he helped set up the agronomy services with a large cooperative, and later worked as a tech service agronomist in the seed industry with Dekalb, Mycogen and Cargill.
He writes a weekly column for Farm News and writes periodically for several magazines. He also works independently and with several firms involving work with researchers, producers and companies in Argentina, Brazil and other South American companies.
10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Craig Solberg, of Freese-Notis Weather, will speak on the 2012 weather outlook. Solberg grew up on a farm in northeast Iowa before earning a four-year degree in meteorology at Iowa State University in 1989.
He has been employed by Freese-Notis Weather since his graduation and is currently senior meteorologist and in charge of all domestic and international weather forecasts for agricultural and energy clientele
11 a.m. to noon. David Kruse, president of CommStock Investments, and AgriVantage, of Royal, will speak on the topic of marketing in 2012.
He is also founder and president of Brazil Iowa Farms LLC, a group of nearly 320 U.S. and Canadian investors, who raised $32 million to invest in the purchase and operation of farmland in Western Bahia, Brazil, producing corn and soybeans, as well as cotton and cotton ginning.
In the past 25 years Kruse has produced The CommStock Report, an opinionated ag commentary and market analysisand is a regular feature of many Midwestern newspapers.
Kruse has been actively engaged in production agriculture since 1973. He continues to manage his family's 600-acre corn and soybean farm in Northwest Iowa.
Royal Beef LLC, a Northwest Iowa family operated cattle feeding company, completed construction of its 5,000-head permitted capacity in 2007.
Royal Beef adopted cutting-edge monoslope confinement bedded barn feeding technology to capture the opportunity to feed distiller's grain by-product produced by local ethanol plants.
Kruse is an an outspoken proponent of ethanol and has used his market advisory service as a platform to advocate for the biofuel industry.
Kruse is a frequent keynote speaker at major U.S. agricultural conferences.
For more information or to register call (800) 362-2793, ext. 1293, or 574-1293.