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35th Hawkeye Farm Show Set to Feature the Latest in Ag Products and Services

Hawkeye Farm Show March 1-2-3, 2022
9AM – 4PM UNI-Dome
Cedar Falls, Iowa

Cedar Falls, Iowa – The Hawkeye Farm Show is set to run March 1-2-3, 2022, with more than 200 exhibitors featuring over 1000 agricultural products and services. The 35th annual event is hosted on the
campus of the University of Northern Iowa in the UNI-Dome. The event is expected to bring thousands of area ag producers from Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Illinois. Admission and parking are free.
A key theme for the 2022 Show is technologies that increase production and also reduce waste and lower expenses. Advanced precision farming techniques will be featured, as well as products and
systems to manage and balance soil fertility. The latest GPS technology will be on display, along with the latest in equipment, tools, seed, chemicals, and management software. Seminars by ISU Extension, Free Coffee & Rolls, and Great Prizes In addition to exhibits, ISU Extension Service and Outreach will be providing in-person agricultural seminars each day at 11:00AM and 1:00PM in the Alumni Room. The seminars are free to attend and feature new topics each day, including Dr. Chad Hart’s Ag Market Outlook for 2022 and Beyond, presented on Wednesday at 1:00pm. The full seminar schedule is available at www.HawkeyeFarmShow.com. The website also features an interactive show floor plan, provided by Grinnell Mutual.


Free coffee and rolls will be provided until 10AM each day, sponsored by Farm Credit Services. Attendees can also register for a chance to win $1,000 in Showbucks, given away at 1:00PM each day.
Showbucks can be used as cash to purchase merchandise from farm show exhibitors.

“We are excited to be hosting the 35th Annual Hawkeye Farm Show. The show is a great opportunity to check out the latest in agricultural products and services from more than 200 exhibitors.” stated Show
Manager, Scott Guttormson. “And once again, we have a great line-up of in-person seminars from ISU Extension Service. With free admission and parking, free coffee and rolls, and opportunities to win, it’s a great reason to visit Cedar Falls,” he added.
The Hawkeye Farm Show runs March 1, 2 & 3, 2022 (Tue, Wed, Thu) at the UNI-Dome on the campus of the University of Northern Iowa, in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Admission and parking are free. Show hours are
9AM – 4PM each day. For additional information, go to www.HawkeyFarmShow.com or contact Scott
Gutttormson at (507) 437-7969.

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The Hawkeye Farm Show is produced by Midwest Shows Inc., producer of six annual agricultural tradeshows hosted in Peoria, IL; Tulsa, OK; Vermillion, SD; Sioux Falls, SD; Cedar Falls, IA; and
Oklahoma City. For additional information on Midwest Shows events, visit www.MidwestShows.com
Daily Events Schedule
Tuesday, March 1
8:30-10am: Free coffee & rolls (Arena floor)
9am: Exhibits open
11:00am: ISU Extension & Outreach Seminar: The Farm and the Nursing Home: Plans, Powers and Financing.”
Melissa O’Rourke & Jeannette Mukayisire, Farm Management Specialists,
Alumni Room
1:00pm: $1,000 Showbucks drawing
1:00pm: ISU Extension & Outreach Seminar: Transition the Farm to the Next Generation
Kelvin Leibold, Farm Management Specialist, Alumni Room
4:00pm: Show closes
Wednesday, March 2
8:30-10am: Free coffee & rolls (Arena floor)
9am: Exhibits open
11:00am: ISU Extension & Outreach Seminar: Land Price Rental Rates

Wendong Zhang, Associate Professor of Economics, Alumni Room
1:00pm: $1,000 Showbucks Drawing
1:00pm: ISU Extension & Outreach Seminar: Ag Market Outlook for 2022 and
Beyond
Dr. Chad Hart, Economist, Alumni Room
4:00pm: Show closes
Thursday, March 3
8:30-10am: Free coffee & rolls (Arena floor)
9am: Exhibits open
11:00am: ISU Extension & Outreach Seminar: Maximizing the Value of Manure Nutrients
Brian Dougherty, Field Agricultural Engineer, Alumni Room
1:00pm: $1,000 Showbucks Drawing
4:00pm: Show Closes

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 WHY SMART BUSINESS OWNERS 

ARE INVESTING IN WIND ENERGY 

 The prices of energy from conventional sources are on an ever upward spiral. As costs continue to increase, investments in energy alternatives become increasingly attractive. 

Wind energy is today’s leading alternative. Environmentally safe, technologically sound, and definitely renewable, energy from the wind is a technology whose time has come. 

We are dedicated to utilizing wind energy systems as attractive potential investments for today’s marketplace…and tomorrow’s energy. We deliver performance, not promises. 

SMART BUSINESSES RECOGNIZE ATTRACTIVE RETURNS 

It’s time to invest capital into Wind-Powered Assets, joining the growing chorus of smart business owners that have discovered the commercial wind benefits for business. 

If you’re a business owner, installing a wind turbine(s) might seem like a risky move in a complex and confusing market. You may have heard of significant Fortune 500 companies ‘Going Wind’ but thought it might not be feasible for your organization. 

It is time to shake off that old way of thinking and join the growing number of smart business owners who have discovered the commercial wind energy benefits for business. Businesses of all sizes capitalize on investing in Wind Energy’s financial opportunities, proving that a wind-powered energy structure is a critical strategic decision that virtually guarantees a solid financial return on your investment. 

The cost of buying and installing wind-powered energy has dropped considerably in the last five years, while electricity prices continue to skyrocket. This makes the economics of wind energy even more attractive. Businesses of all sizes see cost savings of 50% to 100% on their cost of electricity. 

WHY WOULD I INVEST IN A WIND ENERGY SYSTEM? 

Cut Operating Costs: Wind Power enables the business to lower current electricity costs significantly, by locking in electricity prices and controlling future electricity costs by hedging against price volatility and inflation. 

Increased Cash Flow: Lower electrical costs, the elimination of rate increases, and minimizing long-term expenses will increase revenue and create positive cash flow. 

Return On Capital: Financial incentives provided through the Federal Governments’ Wind Investment Tax Credit Program, Accelerated Bonus Depreciation and USDA REAP Grants all significantly reduce your cost of wind energy, providing a sustainable producing asset for decades to come. 

Return On Investment: Investment returns from cost savings, investment of free cash flow and government financial incentives can reduce wind energy costs by as much as 90%. 

Environmental: Wind energy systems do not produce air pollution or greenhouse gases and they preserve water and reduce climate change. 

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WHY WIND? WHAT DOES “OWN YOUR POWER” MEAN? 

The answer is easy: You want to “own your power” for the same reason you want to own your own home. When you own your own home, your monthly mortgage payment goes towards building a long-term asset that increases in value over time. But when you rent a house that monthly rent payment is gone forever – you never get it back! 

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10 Reasons to Support Farmers Markets

From savoring produce at the peak of freshness to meeting the people who grow your food, there are countless reasons to support farmers markets. Here are just a few!

Beautiful woman buying kale at a farmers market

1. Taste Real Flavors

The fruits and vegetables you buy at the farmers market are the freshest and tastiest available. Fruits are allowed to ripen fully in the field and are brought directly to you—no long-distance shipping, no gassing to simulate the ripening process, no sitting for weeks in storage. This food is as real as it gets—fresh from the farm.

2. Enjoy the Season

The food you buy at the farmers market is seasonal. It is fresh and delicious and reflects the truest flavors. Shopping and cooking from the farmers market helps you to reconnect with the cycles of nature in our region. As you look forward to asparagus in spring, savor sweet corn in summer, or bake pumpkins in autumn, you reconnect with the earth, the weather, and the turning of the year.

3. Support Family Farmers

Family farmers need your support, now that large agribusiness dominates food production in the U.S. Small family farms have a hard time competing in the food marketplace. Buying directly from farmers gives them a better return for their produce and gives them a fighting chance in today’s globalized economy.

4. Protect the Environment

Food in the U.S. travels an average of 1,500 miles to get to your plate. All this shipping uses large amounts of natural resources (especially fossil fuels), contributes to pollution, and creates trash with extra packaging. Conventional agriculture also uses many more resources than sustainable agriculture and pollutes water, land, and air with toxic agricultural by-products. Food at the farmers market is transported shorter distances and is generally grown using methods that minimize the impact on the earth.

5. Nourish Yourself

Much food found in grocery stores is highly processed and grown using pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, and genetic modification. Some of it has been irradiated, waxed, or gassed in transit. These practices may have negative effects on human health. In contrast, most food found at the farmers market is minimally processed, and many of our farmers go to great lengths to grow the most nutritious produce possible by using sustainable techniques, picking produce right before the market, and growing heirloom varieties.

6. Discover the Spice of Life: Variety

At the farmers market you find an amazing array of produce that you don’t see in your average supermarket: red carrots, a rainbow of heirloom tomatoes, purple cauliflower, stinging nettles, green garlic, watermelon radishes, quail eggs, maitake mushrooms, and much, much more. It is a wonderful opportunity to savor the biodiversity of our planet.

Support Your Local Farmers Market

7. Promote Humane Treatment of Animals

At the farmers market, you can find meats, cheeses, and eggs from animals that have been raised without hormones or antibiotics, who have grazed on green grass and eaten natural diets, and who have been spared the cramped and unnatural living conditions of feedlots and cages that are typical of animal agriculture.

8. Know Where Your Food Comes From

A regular trip to a farmers market is one of the best ways to connect with where your food comes from. Meeting and talking to farmers and food artisans is a great opportunity to learn more about how and where food is produced. CUESA’s seller profiles that hang at the booths give you even more opportunities to learn about the people who work hard to bring you the most delicious and nutritious food around. Profiles, articles about sellers, and a map of farms are also available on this website.

9. Learn Cooking Tips, Recipes, and Meal Ideas

Few grocery store cashiers or produce stockers will give you tips on how to cook the ingredients you buy, but farmers, ranchers, and artisans at the farmers market are often passionate cooks with plenty of free advice about how to cook the foods they are selling. You can also attend free seasonal cooking demonstrations by leading Bay Area chefs and evening classes on food preservation and other kitchen skills.

10. Connect with Your Community

Wouldn’t you rather stroll amidst outdoor stalls of fresh produce on a sunny day than roll your cart around a grocery store with artificial lights and piped in music? Coming to the farmers market makes shopping a pleasure rather than a chore. The farmers market is a community hub—a place to meet up with your friends, bring your children, or just get a taste of small-town life in the midst of our wonderful big city.

Source: CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) is dedicated to growing thriving communities through the power and joy of local food

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USDA Advances Market Opportunities through Farm to School Program

Posted by Cindy Long, Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service in Food and Nutrition Jan 19, 2022

A person with gloves holding vegetables
Farm to School Program

It’s no secret that supply chain issues experienced across the country have created challenges with food accessibility. Rising COVID-19 cases along with severe weather complicated the flow of goods and services, yet USDA programs have responded with creative solutions to ensure Americans had access to healthy foods.

To make a national impact, FNS thought local. We implemented several programs that provide relief to schools, offer economic opportunities for farmers, and boost purchases of local and domestic agricultural products. And USDA’s Farm to School Grants represent a shining example of how we’re able to help nourish children during uncertain times.

In July, FNS awarded $12 million in Farm to School grants to 176 awardees, serving 6,800 schools.

In West Virginia, the grant enables students at Mountain View High School to work at the “Go Growcery” mobile market, which travels through communities providing residents fresh produce. The mobile market is funded through USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program and teaches students important skills in entrepreneurship, agriculture, retail, and marketing. USDA also works with McDowell County educators to create a garden-based curriculum.

Meanwhile, at Daleville Community Schools in Indiana, kindergarten students learn to sow fruit and vegetable seeds. Kids plant, grow, and harvest produce, which is then incorporated into school meals. The farm-to-school grant also helped the schools install greenhouses so students can tend to plants year-round. School Superintendent Greg Roach explained, “we want students to understand that food is often cheaper and readily accessible when it’s grown in a local garden.”

On the west coast, the California Wheat Commission has partnered with the Shandon Joint Unified School District to provide students bread, pizza, tortillas, and pasta, made with 100% locally sourced whole wheat.

Through USDA initiatives like the farm-to-school program, over 1.4 million children had access to healthy and nutritious foods in 2021.

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Our New Home

Hello,” All” We are excited to tell everybody that we have purchased our new permanent place, we are to call Home. Yep, we moved into the new brick and mortar on October 1st, 2017, the building is over 5000 square feet of pure power house. Folks’ I need to tell you, our new office even has street appeal. We are the real deal. We are located on one of the busiest street, in Fort Dodge, to get anywhere one will have to pass by it. I would like to tell you about all our staff and personnel, and all the exciting stuff that we have planned for 2018! You can rest assured that with the 190 plus years of combination expectance that Farming Today will give you the most bang for your buck. We are planning, in 2018 to be at 120 shows and events, bonus buys, give away, huge discounts in all our publication book runs. For the ones that don’t know we have a Contracting Today book Along with a Truck and Tractor and we are going strong in all of them.
So, about our staff, most of the Co-op world knows Deb Freese. She has 40 years in sales 15 being a reliable sales executive for those of you that are Co-op program companies, she is super knowledgeable IN helping you get in the right place, size, and area. She is married to her husband Larry who is a 30-year veteran of being a police officer, they have 5 children, with spouses, and 6 grandchildren.
Peggy Garcia, she is one of our display sales executive, she will do your homework, she is super creative give her idea and she’ll bring it home for you, she has 15 years of sales experience. She is very patient and is such a team player. She will listen to you in what you want, then she’ll go to work for you in big ways. She lives in Stanhope, Iowa with her 7 children.

Sarah Forbes, is our office sales support. She has 10 years of office experience. When you call with a problem, she most likely will correct it before you hang up the phone. She lives in Fort Dodge, Iowa with her 3 sons.
Bryan Opande is our exclusive IT & Production personnel. He is creative and very tech savvy. He can build your ad from scratch or revitalize the old. He has creative art qualities. He has 10 years working for businesses, and he has 10 more from his own experience. He lives in Fort Dodge with his wife Heather and their 3 children.
Kelly’s Korner, that would be me folks, I have been writing and telling stories for a very long time, I worked for the Fort Dodge School System for 15 years, I have been married to my husband Dean this past September for 36 years. We have 1 grown son and a 13-year-old son. My husband family are still farmers in the Calhoun County area his grandpa farm is 100 years old.
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Finally, I would like for you to know our newest girl. Leslie Mikesell. Leslie also is our Co-op specialist. She comes with 14 years of experience , she knows her co-op programs to get your advertising dollars’ worth. She lives in Fort Dodge, she has two daughters, two grandsons. We would like to welcome her to Today Publications, wish her years of success.
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