Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce

The Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce has been around for over 90 years. In that time, business has evolved and changed in ways the founders could not have imagined. Business owners need a partner in their business; someone to provide information, answers and protection. The DACC is here to ensure that our Northeast Iowa business community remains vital, relevant and productive now and into the future regardless of the changes that take place in the business world.

 

Member Businesses

Agri Business

 

Ag Committee

Eric Dietzenbach                                Farm Credit Services of America

Lashelle Evans
Viking State Bank & Trust

Jerome Fulsaas

Winneshiek County Farm Bureau

Bob Kane
Farm Credit Services of America

Dave Krieger
Decorah Bank & Trust

Steve Langland                                          Langland Farms

Mike Ludeking                                              Decorah Bank and Trust

Chris Miller
Northeast Security Bank

Jess Rediske - Committee Chair
Red-Roxy Quilt Co.

Duane Tlusty
Viking State Bank & Trust

Doug Van Sloten
Farmers Win Coop

Cindy Hoyme/Deb Bohr

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

Tanner, Dennis, Kylie, Barb, Joshua Mashek

Tanner, Dennis, Kylie, Barb, Joshua Mashek

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. 

Ag Scholarships

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

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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.


Ag Sponsors

 

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