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Northwest Iowa Ag Outlook - Program

Feb
20 2018
Show Opens
Show Opens

8:00 AM – 4:30 PM


Feb
20 2018
Coffee and Dounut Holes
Coffee & Donut Holes

8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Morning Coffee and Donut Holes Sponsored by:  Community State Bank and Clay County Growers


Feb
20 2018
Welcome
Welcome and "Vendor of the Year" Award

8:50 AM – 8:55 AM


Feb
20 2018
David Kruse - Commstock Investments
David Kruse with CommStock Investments

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

David Kruse is president of CommStock Investments, and AgriVantage, commodity brokerage, crop insurance and risk management firms in Northwest Iowa.  He has recently added a farm Management and ag consulting firm to the synergistic plethora of services under his oversight, called Pro-Crop Farm Management.  Mr. Kruse is founder and President of Brazil Iowa Farms, LLC, capitalized by a group of U. S. investors who are partners in a corn and soybean farm operation in western Bahia, Brazil.

In the past serveral years, David has made many trips to Brazil, giving him a great deal of personal experience observing the competitive role that Brazil plays in the global market.

In the past 28 plus yers he has produced the CommStock Report, an opinionated ag commentary and market analysis available daily on many radio stations covering the greater Midwest.  The CommStock Report has also been delivered electronically by subscription on DTN/FarmDayto and the Internet since 1985 to thousands of subscribers across the U.S. and Canada.  Additionally The CommStock Reort is a regular feature of many Midwestern newspapers.

The CommStock Report, called the "Mark Twain of the Plains" for it writing style, is especially noted for its colorful, opinionated commentary and perspective from rural America...advocating farm community interests and traditional farm values.

David Kruse has been actively engaged in production agriculture since 1973.  He continues to manage his family's 600 acre corn/soybean farm in Northwest Iowa.

David has also been an outspoken proponent of Ethanol and has used his market advisory service as a platform to advocate for the biofuel industry.

Mr. Kruse is a frequent keynote speaker at major U.S. agricultrual conferences.


Feb
20 2018
Prize Drawing
Door Prize Drawing

11:00 AM – 1:30 PM

Must be present to win.


Feb
20 2018
Northwest Iowa FFA Chapter Recognition
Northwest Iowa Area FFA Chapter Recognition

12:00 PM – 12:20 PM


Feb
20 2018
Dr. Robert Fraley - Monsanto Company
Dr. Robert Fraley - Monsanto Company

12:30 PM – 1:31 PM

     

Dr. Robert Fraley is the Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Monsanto Company.  He has been with the company for 35 years, and currently oversees the company's golobal technology division which includes plant breeding, plant biotechnology, ag Biologicals, ag microbials, precision agriculture and crop protection.

Often recognized as the father of agricultural biotechnology, he developed the first genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the early 1980s as a solution for farmers battling pests and weeds that threatened their yields.

Throughout his career, he has contributed to years of agricultural development through a number of significant activities, including authoring more than 100 publications and patent applications relating to technical advances in agricultural sciences.

Dr. Fraley's discoveries and applications of science are also routinely recognized for the tremendous impact they've had in supporting farmers and the agriculture demands of our planet.  Some of his most distinguished honors include being recognized as a World Food Prize Laureate in 2013, receiving the National Medal of Technology from President Clinton in 1998 and receiving the National Academy of Sciences Award for the Industrial Application of Science for his work on crop improvement in 2008, among other recognitions.  He holds a Bachelor of Science and a Ph.D. in microbiology/biochemistry from the university of Illinois, and executive degree in business management form Northwestern University, and was a Biophysics postdoctoral fellow at the University of California - San Francisco.


Feb
20 2018
Prize Drawing
Door Prize Drawing

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Must be present to win


Feb
20 2018
Iowa Commodity Leaders Panel Discussion
Panel Discussion

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Iowa Commodity Leader (Iowa Cattlemen, Iowa Pork Producers, Iowa Corn Growers, Iowa Soybean Assoc., and Iowa Farm Bureau) Panel Discussion on the State of each Organization.   Iowa Ag Secretary Bill Northey has been invited to be part of the Panel Discussion.


Feb
20 2018
Grand Prize Drawing
Grand Prize Drawing - Must be present to win

4:00 PM – 4:30 PM


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