by Josh Sandin
Posted on 12/6/2012
FORT DODGE - The Iowa Central Career Education Building has once again opened its doors and transformed from a gym into a haven for local farmers as the Farm News Ag Show returned for its 11th annual show. The free show featured two full days of action that began on Wednesday, Dec. 5, and wrapped up on Thursday, Dec. 6.
The Ag Show featured 74 exhibitors ranging from toy and seed sales to large machinery all under one roof. Tractors, toys, food, service and sales representatives were all represented at the Ag Show inside the Career Education Building.
In addition to exhibitors, which were available on both days, Thursday featured four speakers. With the drought that Iowa endured this past summer, weather was a main topic among the speakers.
Elwynn Taylor, an Agricultural Meteorologist at Iowa State University, opened the session by talking about 2013’s weather and crop outlook. Richard Cruse, a professor at Iowa State University and Director of the Iowa Water Center, presented another weather-centric session titled “Tillage, Fertilizer Placement and Managing for Dry Conditions.”
Farm Financial Strategies Financial Representative Myron Friesen followed with his session, “Farm Legacy: Adding Clarity in Uncertain Times.” The day’s last speaker, Ericka Eckley, a Staff Attorney at the Iowa State Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation, spoke on legal and tax issues affecting Iowa’s agricultural sector.
Thursday also featured a free pancake breakfast from Chris Cakes and lunch from the Webster County Beef Producers.