OUTSTANDING IN THEIR FIELD COLUMN – compiled by PETE TEMPLE
• Innovative Ag Services (IAS), with headquarters in Monticello, continues to show remarkable success in its income statement, which appears in the IAS 2012 Annual Report.
The merger with Prairie Land Cooperative has proven successful, according to the report; the fiscal 2012 earnings of $23.2 million was 20 percent higher than the combined earnings of IAS and Prairie Land the previous year.
Total sales also rose dramatically, from nearly $1.01 billion in 2011 to $1.40 billion in 2012.
IAS now has 32 locations in Iowa and three in Wisconsin.
• Iowa Farm Bureau certainly pulled in some big Iowa names for its annual meeting reception at the Iowa Hall of Pride, which was scheduled for Dec. 4.
Internationally-known opera singer Simon Estes, wrestling legend Dan Gable and former Hawkeye and National Football League player Tim Dwight were scheduled to attend for a meet-and-green in conjunction with the reception.
The event kicked off Farm Bureau’s annual meeting, which was slated for Dec. 4-5 at the Community Choise Credit Union Convention Center in Des Moines.
• The Great Plains Conference and Trade Show is scheduled for Jan. 10-12, 2013 at the Fulkerson Center on Missouri Western State University’s campus in St. Joseph, Mo.
The event is a five-state collaborative effort of growers associations and university Extension from Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and South Dakota.
Six day-long workshops begin the conference on Thursday, Jan. 10. Participants will select one topic from the following: high tunnel production, soils and irrigation, fruit production, honeybees and beekeeping, introduction to vegetable production for Spanish speakers, and farm to school program.
More than 60 presentations covering organic and conventional crop production are planned for the second and third days of the conference, including opportunities to follow tracks on small fruit, tree fruit, cut flowers, beginner and advanced organic, marketing and beekeeping. Sessions on urban horticulture and community gardens have been added this year.
For registration or other information, contact Mary Beth Alpers at email@example.com or phone 816-279-1691.
• A news conference to announce the results of the 2012 Iowa Land Value Survey conducted by Iowa State University is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11 on the ISU campus.
Michael Duffy, ISU Extension economist who directs the survey, will announce the 2012 findings at the news conference.