It’s Time For the Ag Show - Here’s What’s Going On
June 11, 2019


Farm News is hosting its first Iowa Lakes Community College Emmetsburg Farm News Ag Show from 9 am to 7 pm, June 12 at Iowa Lakes Community College, Emmetsburg Campus, 3200 College Drive. The main show sponsor of this event is POET Biorefining of Emmetsburg.

For those familiar with the annual Farm News Ag Show held each December, they can expect the same ag-based exhibitors showcasing their latest state-of-the-art technology in grain products, ag equipment, ag services, seed varieties, fertilizer, ag banking, and home improvement, but on a different scale.

Approximately 6,900 square feet of indoor exhibitor space and several acres of outside exhibit space will host more than 70 exhibitors from Iowa and surrounding states.

"Our Fort Dodge shows have been very successful for over the last 17 years so last July the question was asked about the possibility of having a second show," said Dana Lantz, Farm News Advertising Manager.

"We wanted to go north, but if we did, we wanted to partner up with a great ag based school, so logically, Iowa Lakes Community College came to mind.

"The college has been wonderful to work with and we believe this is going to be a really neat day," Lantz continued.

Those attending the show can register to win three prizes. Show goers can sign up at the Emmetsburg Reporter and Farm News booth.


Prizes include, a Homak Rally Spirt blue 54-inch RD Pro Series top and bottom roller cabinet toolbox, valued at more than $1,900. The toolbox is provided by NAPA Auto Parts-Kristat Auto Parts, LLC of Emmetsburg.

A Spirit ll E-310 black gas grill at $449 sponsored by Swanson Hardware of Emmetsburg; and s Sunheat 93-inch high triangle variable flame patio heater in a stainless finish valued at $599 sponsored by Brey's on Seventh of Estherville.

In addition to a gymnasium full of exhibitors as well as 10 acres of outside exhibits, show goers will have the opportunity to listen to three speakers as well as a band and the opportunity to become certified through


"Visitors will be able to hear some great speakers throughout the day as well as hear a great folk band," said Lantz.

"The Blue Ribbon Ramblers, a Fort Dodge based band will play live outside from noon until 4 pm," Lantz added

The Ramblers will be co-sponsored by ASI Companies of Emmetsburg and The Country Store of Clarion.



There will also be a Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) workshop from 10 am to noon and a Beef Quality Assurance Transportation (BQAT) workshop from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm in one of the classrooms during the show on the premises.

Attendees will be certified at the end of the sessions attended. This is being hosted by the Palo Alto Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Beth Doran, beef program specialist for ISU Extension and Outreach said BQA is an industry-driven program from the consumer to the beef producer.

Major meat purveyors (Wendy's, McDonald's, Walmart, etc.) heard from consumers that they want to know how the beef they eat is raised.

These consumers expect beef to be safe, wholesome, and nutritious, but they also want to know was there good animal welfare and was the production system environmentally sound.

"The purveyors relayed this message to beef packers, who in turn conveyed to feedlot and cow-calf producers they will only buy beef animals with this documentation namely BQA certification," Doran said.

The objectives were two-fold: No. 1, to assure the consumer how their beef is produced, and No. 2, to educate producers on best management practices and help them maintain market access.

According to Doran, the industry worked diligently last year to provide BQA training to feedlot and cow-calf producers.

The goal was to have the majority of feedlot and cow-calf producers BQA certified by Jan. 1, 2019.

In Iowa, through a joint partnership of the Iowa Beef Center at ISU and the Iowa Beef Industry Council, 94 training certified 6,138 participants.

As for Beef Quality Assurance Transportation (BQAT), this is a new program for both farmers and professional truckers.

"Transportation quality assurance plays a critical role in the health and welfare of cattle," Doran stated.

"So, a transportation that has this certification is demonstrating to the consumer that they are taking care to keep cattle as healthy and safe as possible," Doran added.


Water will be served during the speaker presentations and the beef workshops courtesy of Advanced Water Systems of Spirit Lake.

Breakfast will be available on site and served by the Emmetsburg Kiwanis. Breakfast will be served from 7:30 am to 9:30 am in the campus cafeteria.

Lunch is available on site and will be served from 11 am to 1:30 pm and will be served from the campus cafeteria and the campus Laker Cafe.

Iowa Lakes Community College Emmetsburg Farm News Ag Show partners include Iowa Lakes Community College, Emmetsburg; POET Biorefining of Emmetsburg, NAPA Auto Parts Kristat Auto Parts, LLC of Emmetsburg, The Fine Twine Co. of Alton, Super 8 by Wyndham of Emmetsburg, underman Farm Management Co of Fort Dodge, Farm Credit Services of America of Emmetsburg, ASI Companies of Emmetsburg, The Country Store of Clarion and Advanced Water Systems of Spirit Lake.

For more information, contact Dana Latz, Advertising Manager, Farm News at 515-574-4451 ext. 450 or Dan McCain, Publisher, The Reporter/The Democrat at 712-852-2323.


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