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ACHIEVING A MORE PROFITABLE OPERATION: 2014 Crop Fair Offers Management Information in Red Oak Feb. 10

JOHNSTON, Iowa - January 27, 2014 - This winter's "Tools for Your Future" Crop Fair has a program designed to help local growers deal with the volatility in modern agriculture, according to organizers with the Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) and Iowa Corn Promotion Board (ICPB). The program will be held February 10, 2014 at the Red Coach Inn, 1200 Senate Ave., Red Oak, Iowa. Registration begins at 12:00 PM with complimentary lunch being served at noon and the program will run from 1 PM to 4 PM.

Featured presentations include: "Update on Iowa Agriculture and the Nutrient Reduction Strategy" by Bill Northey, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture; "Nutrient Reduction Strategy, including information regarding the Nishnabotna watershed area" by Ben Gleason, Sustainable Program Manager at Iowa Corn; "Weather Outlook for 2014 Crop Year" by Elwynn Taylor, ISU Extension Climatologist and "ISU Research Farm project updates, cover crops and Palmer Ameranth" by Aaron Saeugling, ISU extension Agronomist.

"With today's market volatility and weather challenges, it is important to have up-to-date information," says Janelle Kracht, ICGA/ICPB district field manager. "The crop fair program should give local growers access to information that can really help their bottom line."
Sponsors of the crop fair include: United Farmers Mercantile Cooperative, ISU Extension, Iowa Corn Growers Association and Iowa Corn Promotion Board.

For questions or to RSVP by February 3, 2014, contact Janelle Kracht at 515-229-9980 or

The ICGA and ICPB work with local sponsors each winter to provide crop fairs across the state. The programs are intended to give producers free and direct access to timely information on issues facing Iowa agriculture. A complete list of 2014 crop fairs is available on the Iowa Corn website at


The ICPB directs the investment of Iowa corn checkoff funds to develop and defend markets, fund research, and provide education about corn and corn products. The ICGA is a membership organization, lobbying on agricultural issues on behalf of its over 7,600 farmer members.

Janelle Kracht
District Field Manager
Iowa Corn Growers Association




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