Spend time at Farm News Ag Show

There’s much to see and learn, with good food as well

Make plans to spend some time at the 17th annual Farm News Ag Show. It kicks off Wednesday at the 2031 Quail Ave. on the East Campus of Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge. On its first day, the show is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. It resumes at 7:30 a.m. Thursday and runs until 3 p.m.

The show will appeal to those with even a casual interest in agriculture but for those who want more in-depth information, it will showcase a wide array of agricultural products and services. More than 75 exhibitors will be on hand in the 30,000 square feet of show space. Their diverse offerings will be truly outstanding. There will be much on the show floor to expand attendees’ knowledge of options available today as well what’s on the drawing boards for tomorrow.

Food for thought is at the core of a successful exhibition. With that in mind, here are some of the speakers the show will feature:

• Ed Case, a consultant for Hurley & Associates, will speak from 9 to 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday. His talk is title “Stay committed to a successful marketing approach even during uncertain times.” Case’s appearance is sponsored by Hurley & Associates.

• Matt Helmers, director of the Iowa Nutrient Research Center, will speak from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Wednesday. His presentation is “Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy: Challenges and Opportunities.”

• Kelvin Leibold, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach farm and ag business management specialist, will speak from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday about “Factors Impacting Future Farm Profits in a Global Economy.” Leibold’s appearance is sponsored by United Bank of Iowa, Fort Dodge.

• Diann L. Andrews, estate and succession planning specialist for NextStage Legacy Advisors, will speak 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday about “Preserving Your Legacy, Protecting Their Future.” Andrews’ appearance is sponsored by NextStage Legacy Advisors.

• Elwynn Taylor, ISU climatologist, will speak from 8:30 to 10 a.m. on Thursday about the “Weather Outlook for 2019.” Taylor’s appearance is sponsored by Prinsco.

• David Kruse, president of CommStock Investments and author of the CommStock Report, will speak from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Thursday. This talk is title “America First, Agriculture Last.” Kruse’s appearance is sponsored by John Pitzer Sales and The Country Store.

• Bob Hartzler, professor of weed science Iowa State University, will speak from 1 until 2:30 p.m. on Thursday and will discuss “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.

Intellectual stimulation will be complemented with an assortment of good food.

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 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on Thursday. The breakfast is catered by Chris Cakes and is sponsored by the Webster County Farm Bureau.

There will be much to see and learn at the show, but there’s also the opportunity to win prizes, including a Kubota two-piece, 19-drawer toolbox, valued at more than $2,400. The toolbox is provided by R & J Material Handling, of Fort Dodge, and Farm News. There also will be a raffle for a chance to win one of two half hogs each valued at $200. Proceeds from the raffle will go to Iowa Central Community College agriculture department scholarship fund. The hog will be provided by the Webster County Pork Producers Association and the processing will be provided by Lohrville Locker.

Farm News Ag Show partners include Iowa Central Community College, Webster County Farm Bureau, R & J Material Handling, Prinsco, United Bank of Iowa Fort Dodge, John Pitzer Sales, Lohrville Locker, The Country Store, Hurley & Associates, NextStage Legacy Advisors, Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance, Blue Ribbon Pelham Waters, Webster County ISU Extension, Webster County Pork Producers and the Webster County Beef Producers.

The Farm News Ag Show 2018 promises to be a splendid opportunity for education, good conversation, some outstanding food and just plain fun. See you there.