WHAT: Iowa Corn will hold Soil Health and Water Quality Panel Discussions each day of the show from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at their booth 26N. The panel discussions will provide:
• Overview of the many water quality initiatives happening across the state
• How farmers can take advantage of these programs
• Farmers talking about their experiences implementing conservation practices including challenges, lessons learned and resources used to overcome issues
• Progress made so far and future outlook for implementing the Nutrient Reduction Strategy
Panelists and moderators will include:
• August 30
o Moderator – WHO-TV Agribusiness Report Host David Geiger
o Panelist – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey
o Panelist – Iowa Corn Growers Association Director Dean Meyer, a farmer from Rock Rapids
o Panelist – Iowa Corn Animal Agriculture and the Environment Committee Member Annette Sweeney, a farmer from Aldin
• August 31
o Moderator – Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network Farm Broadcaster Ben Nuelle
o Panelist – Iowa Nutrient Research & Education Council Environmental Technology Director Shawn Richmond
o Panelist – Iowa Corn Growers Association Chairman Bob Hemesath, a farmer from Decorah
o Panelist – Iowa Corn Promotion Board Director Roger Zylstra, a farmer from Lynnville
• September 1
o Moderator – KWMT Radio Farm Broadcaster Duane Murley
o Panelist – Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance Executive Director Sean McMahon
o Panelist - Iowa Corn Animal Agriculture and the Environment Committee Member Mark Mueller, a farmer from Waverly
o Panelist -Iowa Corn Growers Association Director Jerry Maier, a farmer from Eagle Grove
Outside the Iowa Corn tent will feature the new highly-interactive Iowa Corn Mobile Education trailer. The 40-foot state-of-the-art mobile display brings to life Iowa Corn’s successful “CORN: IT’S EVERYTHING” campaign. It takes visitors on a multi-media journey showing how Iowa Corn farmers conserve their land while growing corn that’s used for food, feed, fuel and the 4,000 other products made from you guessed it, corn. The outside of the trailer depicts a multi-generational farm family looking out over a cornfield. This represents the 96 percent of Iowa farms that are family-owned. There are five main themes included in the display:
o The Iowa Corn Farmer: Includes video testimonials from farmers discussing their different production practices and explains the difference between sweet corn versus field corn.
o It’s Fuel: Discusses how homegrown ethanol is good for Iowans by reducing the cost of fuel and creating jobs in our state. It explains how ethanol is good for America by reducing our dependence on foreign oil and how it’s good for the environment by reducing greenhouse emissions. AND finally, how it’s good for the performance of our vehicles with Indy Car and NASCAR having logged several million miles using ethanol. This section also allows visitors to find out if your vehicle is E15 and E85 friendly and provides you a list of the closest stations to home or work.
o It’s Feed: Highlights the importance of the livestock industry to the sustainability of the corn industry and showcasing Iowa Corn’s many partners in the livestock sector.
o It’s Food: Includes an ask a farmer about your food video testimonials and demonstrating some of the many products made of corn.
o It’s Everything: You would be surprised the many products made from corn. This section walks you through the four side to every corn kernel including starch, fiber, protein and oil. Don’t forget to take a selfie with the many products made from corn and post it to your social media channels.
WHEN: August 30, August 31 and September 1, 2016
WHERE: Iowa Corn booth 26N, Farm Progress Show, Boone, IA
Lisa Cassady, Iowa Corn Public Relations Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org, 515-225-9242, 515-443-3947 (Cell)
The Iowa Corn Promotion Board (ICPB), works to develop and defend markets, fund research, and provide education about corn and corn products. The Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) is an 8,000-member strong grassroots-driven organization, headquartered in Johnston, Iowa, serving members across the state, and lobbying on agricultural issues on behalf of its farmer members to create opportunities for long-term Iowa corn grower profitability. For more information, visit iowacorn.org.