Eric Dietzenbach Farm Credit Services of America
Viking State Bank & Trust
Winneshiek County Farm Bureau
Farm Credit Services of America
Decorah Bank & Trust
Steve Langland Langland Farms
Mike Ludeking Decorah Bank and Trust
Northeast Security Bank
Jess Rediske - Committee Chair
Red-Roxy Quilt Co.
Viking State Bank & Trust
Doug Van Sloten
Farmers Win Coop
Fidelity Bank & Trust
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!
June Dairy open house 2015
The Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Hilltop Acres Farm, hosted an open house to honor June Dairy Month. Hilltop Acres Farm is operated by Dennis and Barb Mashek and family. The farm is located at 1701 253rd Avenue, Calmar.
Hilltop Acres Farm is one of the top Brown Swiss herds in the world. They have had five number one bulls within the Brown Swiss breed with embryos and semen sold worldwide. Currently, there are 300 registered Brown Swiss cows and approximately 400 young stock on the farm. They raise their own heifers and bulls on the farm. The cows are milked three times a day. Hilltop Acres Farm is owned and operated by Dennis and Barb Mashek, their sons Josh and Tanner (seventh generation) and four full-time employees.
Ag Appreciation Luncheon
This year, the 14th Annual Ag Appreciation Luncheon was be held on March 18, 2015 in the Danan Lansing Building on the Winneshiek County Fairgrounds. This years speaker was Mark Kerndt, Director of Marketing for Prairie State/Select Sires. Kerndt will talked about the 2014 Iowa Farm Bureau Market Study Tour to China. China is one of our most important agriculture export markets and there is potential for even more trade as their middle class continues to grow.
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.
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 are announced at the annual Ag Appreciation Luncheon.
Stay Safe Take a Break 2014
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 Northeast quadrant of Winneshiek County (north of Highway 9 and East of Highway 52) to say "Thanks!" to all area farmers working in the fields. Contact the DACC if you have questions or would like to participate in this project in 2015.