Northeast Iowa Community College
Eric Dietzenbach Farm Credit Services of America
Viking State Bank & Trust
Farm Credit Services of America
Decorah Bank & Trust
Steve Langland Langland Farms
Mike Ludeking Decorah Bank and Trust
Northeast Security Bank
Bank of the West
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!
Ag Appreciation Luncheon
This year, the 14th Annual Ag Appreciation Luncheon will be held on March 18, 2015 in the Danan Lansing Building on the Winneshiek County Fairgrounds. Serving will begin at 11:30 AM (garlic mashed potatoes and grilled pork chops) and the speaker will begin at noon. This years speaker is Mark Kerndt, Director of Marketing for Prairie State/Select Sires. Kerndt will be talking 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. Scholarships will be awarded at the 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 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.
Dairy Luncheon 2013
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.