AG Education Day 2017



Kossuth/Palo Alto County Economic Development Corporation and Ag Committee host Successful ‘Ag Education Day’ Event


Kossuth/Palo Alto County Economic Development Corporation, along with the Ag Committee and area ag-related businesses, held an Ag Education Day on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at the Wild Rose Casino in Emmetsburg. Over 140 people attended this year's event.  Maureen Elbert, Executive Director, said “We want to give a special thank you to all of our sponsors for their generous financial support for the event.  Thanks to their financial support, our Ag Committee is able to host Ag Education Day.”

Speakers at 2017 Ag Education Day
Top Photo: Dr. Elwynn Taylor, Darren Hefty and Brian Hefty
Bottom left:  Ernie Goss, PhD.
Bottom middle: Brenda Clark Hamilton
Bottom right: Attendees filled the room at the Wild Rose Casino for Ag Education Day. 

The speakers covered topics on how farmers can save money and maximize their return on investment, weather outlook and yield potential, understanding the difference between generations and what they bring working together, and important economic indicators for the farm sector. Guest speakers included:

  • Hefty Brothers, Darren and Brian, Hosts of Ag PhD TV and Radio
  • Brenda Clark Hamilton, Fresh Coffee: Professional Growth Programs
  • Ernie Goss, Ph.D., MacAllister Chair and Professor of Economics at Creighton and Research Faculty at California State University - Fresno
  • Dr. Elwynn Taylor, Professor of Ag Meteorology and Extension Climatologist - Iowa State University 
Kelly Nieuwenhuis, Iowa Corn Promotion Board (ICPB) Director representing District #1, spoke briefly on behalf of the Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) and benefits the organization offers. 
Thank you to the following Sponsors of the Event:

Platinum Sponsors
Alliant Energy
Corn Belt Power Cooperative
Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative
Kossuth and Palo Alto County Corn Growers
Kossuth County Farm Bureau

Gold Sponsors

StateLine Cooperative

Silver Sponsors

Ag Ventures Alliance
Farm Credit Services of America
Farmers State Bank
Green Plains Lakota
Iowa State Bank
Iowa Trust & Savings Bank
Northwest Bank
POET Biorefining 
West Iowa Bank


Ag Processing Inc (AGP) – Algona
Ag Processing Inc (AGP) – Emmetsburg
Animal Medical Center, Algona
Central States Agency
City of Bancroft
Dacken & Associates Insurance & Financial Services
Dragotec USA
DuPont Pioneer
Energy Panel Structures (EPS)
Ernie Williams LTD
Farmers & Traders Savings Bank
Farmers Cooperative Elevator - Ottosen/Algona
Farmers Mutual Insurance Association
Farmers Trust & Savings Bank
Federal Hybrids
Five Star Cooperative
Gold Eagle Cooperative
Hormel Foods Corporation
Iowa Lakes Community College
J.B. Mertz & Son, Inc. 
K & H Cooperative Oil Co.
Kossuth County Cattlemen's Association
Kossuth County Pork Producers
Meehan, Holland Central Financial Group
MidAmerican Energy
Midland Power Cooperative
NorthStar Bank
Palo Alto County Farm Bureau 
Pharmacists Mutual Companies
PMC Advantage Insurance Services, Inc.
Producers Hybrids
Protein Resources
Security State Bank
Shaver Manufacturing
Smithfield Hog Production Division – Midwest Region
Suidae Veterinary Supply & Biologics
Titonka Savings Bank
Tom Eischen Sales
Western Red Power Stores, Inc.
Woodford Equipment

Contact Us

Maureen Elbert,
Executive Director
106 S. Dodge Street
Suite 210
Algona, IA  50511
Ph: 515-295-7979
Fax: 515-295-8873

8:00-5:00 M-Thursday
8:00-2:00 Friday




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