Northeast Iowa Community College
Joni Bruvold Iowa State University Extension Office
Eric Dietzenbach Farm Credit Services of America
Viking State Bank & Trust
Farm Credit Services of America
Decorah Bank & Trust
Steve Langland Langland Farms/Farm Bureau
Northeast Security Bank
Bank of the West
Jess Rediske - Committee Chair
Red-Roxy Quilt Co.
Viking State Bank & Trust
Doug Van Sloten
Winneshiek Cooperative Association
Farm Service Agency
Farming in Northeast Iowa...
The Decorah area was founded on fertile farmlands by early settlers. Although the agricultural industry has changed dramatically since those early days, our connection to the land and its importance to our economic vitality has not. Because topography has dictated the the necessity for smaller farms, the Decorah area has 2,650 active family farms and 137 dairy farms. In addition to traditional farming, the locally grown industry is growing rapidly with a push for sustainable living. It's all happening right here!
Ag Appreciation Luncheon
This year, the 13th Annual Ag Appreciation Luncheon will be on March 19, 2014 in the Danan Lansing Building on the Winneshiek County Fairgrounds. Guest speaker for the event is Kevin Kuhle, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation National Policy Advisor. Kuhle will talk about the recently passed Agricultural Act of 2014 (the Farm Bill) and how it supports farmers, rural communities, nutritional needs, and conservation efforts. Click here for Kuhle's biography.
Ag Scholarships are available!
The DACC Ag Committee awards two $350 scholarships each year, one to a Winneshiek County High School Senior, and one to a NICC first year student studying agriculture and planning to complete a second year in an ag-related field. The Ag Committee announces scholarship recipients at the annual Ag Appreciation Luncheon. The applications must be postmarked by Friday, February 28, 2014. Click the following links to download the application forms:
Friend in Ag Awards
Each year the Ag Committee presents two Friend in Ag awards. An award will go to an individual and a business that has made a positive impact on the ag community. Nominations are sought by peers, colleagues, and friends. Winners will be announced at the annual Ag Appreciation Luncheon on Wednesday, March 19, 2014. The nominations are due February 19, 2014. Click the following link to download the nomination form:
Stay Safe Take a Break 2013
During the harvest, local farmers put in tremendous time in the fields. To promote safety and to show the support of agriculture by the business community, the DACC Ag Committee is proud to partner with local businesses for the "Stay Safe Take-A-Break" Program.
The Stay Safe Project involves local businesses donating 200 items, such as snacks, notepads, safety materials, re-usable shopping bags and more, and the Ag Committee delivering the bags filled with treats to farmers while they work.
Last fall, the Ag Committee traveled the Northwest quadrant of Winneshiek County (north of Highway 9 and West of Highway 52) to say "Thanks!" to all area farmers working in the fields. The delivery date was Wednesday, October 23. Contact the DACC if you have questions or would like to participate in this project in 2014.
The June Dairy Luncheon was hosted at the Sacquitne Family Farm on Monday, June 17. Lunch featured a brief presentation and was followed by a tour of the dairy facility, complete with baby calves and farm cats.
It was an excellent opportunity for the DACC Community to see first-hand how all farms in our area are important to our economy, not just the farms with the latest and greatest technology (although those are important, too!). The Sacquitne's have been farming in nearly the same way they did 50 years ago, and maintain a successful farm and dairy herd.
The DACC extends their thanks to the Sacquitne Family for their hospitality and their commitment to the dairy industry in Winneshiek County.