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
Northeast Security Bank
Jess Rediske - Committee Chair
Red-Roxy Quilt Co.
Viking State Bank & Trust
Doug Van Sloten
Farmers Win Coop
Kerndt Brothers Bank
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 15th Annual Ag Appreciation Luncheon will be held on March 16, 2016 in the Danan Lansing Building on the Winneshiek County Fairgrounds. To purchase tickets, please contact the Chamber today!
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.
June dairy Open House 2015
From Left to right: Tanner, Dennis, Kylie, Barb, and Joshua, Maskek.
The Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Hilltop Acres Farm, will host an open house to honor June Dairy Month. The event will take place on June 30th from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Hilltop Acres Farm is operated by Dennis and Barb Mashek and family.
The public is invited to celebrate June Dairy Month by visiting Hilltop Acres Farm. Make plans to see the Mashek’s operation first hand. The Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce will be grilling burgers and serving side dishes. The Moo-Mobile will also be available.
The Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce Ag Committee works to promote the value of the local agriculture system and its impact on the community and economy. The committee also plans the March Ag Appreciation Luncheon and delivers the Stay Safe Take a Break farm bags during the harvest season.
Stay Safe Take a Break 2015
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 Southwest quadrant of Winneshiek County (south of Highway 9 and West 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 2016.