It Starts Here: 2014 Ag Summit set for Feb. 13 at Dordt College

Posted January 29, 2014 at 3:22 pm

It’s no secret that agriculture is a driving force in Iowa, and northwest Iowa in particular. From strengthening local economies to building strong communities, to supporting families, protecting land and water resources and producing food to feed a growing world population … it all starts with farmers and livestock producers.

The 2014 Ag Summit will feature an afternoon of presentations to give farmers, livestock producers and ag business professionals tools and insights to help them succeed.

The Farmers Alliance coalition will host the 2014 Agriculture Summit on Feb. 13 at Dordt College in Sioux Center. Registration begins at 12:45 p.m. with sessions starting at 1:00 p.m. More information is available at www.westerniowafarmersalliance.com.

“We’re excited about this year’s Ag Summit. The speakers and panelists will challenge attendees and give them the information they need to continue improving their operations,” said Bruce Dooyema, Center Fresh Group and Ag Summit planning committee member. “It is also a great opportunity to celebrate the role of agriculture and livestock production in Iowa and give farmers more tools to share their stories with friends, family and neighbors.”

Bruce Vincent, a third generation logger from Libby, Mont., will deliver the keynote presentation titled “With Vision, There is Hope.” He is a nationally-known speaker who brings firsthand perspective in how activists and special interest groups can impact agriculture and rural communities. He is president of Communities for a Great Northwest, executive director of Provider Pals and is co-owner of Environomics.

The theme of the summit is “It Starts Here” and will feature a number of local, state and national speakers in panel sessions. Bill Northey, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, will deliver the event’s welcome and opening comments. The schedule and confirmed speakers as listed here. As additional speakers are confirmed, they will be listed on the event website.

Tickets will be $10 per person and will include all presentations as well as refreshments and reception. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.westerniowafarmersalliance.com or will be available in January at locations across northwest Iowa, including American State Bank, Northwest Bank, Peoples Bank and Primebank. Contact 712-551-7918 or email info@wiadairy.com with questions.

The 2014 Agriculture Summit is hosted by Western Iowa Dairy Alliance, Sioux County Pork Producers, Northwest Iowa Cattlemen Associations, Northwest Iowa Sheep Producers, Iowa Poultry Association, Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Soybean Association, Dordt College, and ISU Extension.

The event is made possible by sponsoring businesses, including American State Bank, Center Fresh Group, Deluxe Feeds, Diamond V, Elanco, Farm Credit Services, Farmers Elevator Association, Midwest Dairy Association, N’West Iowa Review, Sioux Dairy Equipment, Zoetis, Bakker Consulting, Central Vet Clinic, Daybreak Foods, DuPont Pioneer, Farmers Coop Society, Huvepharma, Kooima & Kaemingk Commodities, Northwest Bank, Peoples Bank, Primebank, Sioux Automation Center, and Van’s Insurance Agency.

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