Mark Oppold, RFD-TV News Director, President of the National Association of Farm Broadcasters, and Iowa Falls native will be the featured speaker at the North Central Iowa Crop & Land Stewardship Clinic being held Friday, January 3, 2014, at the Iowa Falls-Alden High School in Iowa Falls. Other speakers include ISU Extension Specialists Elwynn Taylor, Chad Hart, Alison Robertson, Antonio Mallarino, Matt Helmers, Mark Johnson and Kelvin Leibold, ECC Agribusiness Instructor, Kevin Butt, Al Tweeten from Berkley Agribusiness Risk Specialists, Sarah Carlson from Practical Farmers of Iowa and Arick Baker, New Providence farmer and grain bin accident survivor.
Clinic topics include What's Ahead for Agriculture?, New Phosphate and Potash Fertilizer Recommendations, Nutrient Loss Reduction, How Do Lower Prices Impact the Farm Business Financially?, Using Cover Crops to Reduce Nutrient Loss, Grain Bin Safety, Private Pesticide Applicator Training, Weed, Disease, and Pest Resistance Management in Corn and Soybeans, Private Crop Insurance Options, Are Drones in Your Farming Future?, Crop Market Outlook, and Crop Weather Outlook 2014.
Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. with the clinic held from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. A free blood pressure screening and blood glucose test will be offered from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. by Ellsworth Municipal Hospital staff. An eight hour fast should precede the blood glucose test.
Producers will have the opportunity to complete their annual two hours of training to maintain their Private Pesticide Applicators Certification. Contributing Education Credits will be available for Certified Crop Advisors.
An agribusiness fair will run throughout the day with booths from various agribusinesses on display. A free drawing for door prizes will be held.
The clinic is free and pre-registration is not required. There is a state-wide charge for Private Pesticide Applicator Training for re-certification. The program and lunch is provided by area sponsors. In case of questionable weather, announcements will be made on KIFG 95.3 FM or 1510 AM and KDAO Radio, 1190 AM and 99.5 FM. For more information, contact Darwin Miller, Hardin County ISU Extension Administrator, ph. 641-648-4850 or toll free 1-888-648-5005, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.