The Ag Breakfast is set for 7AM on Thursday, March 19 at The Music Man Square. This annual event brings together hundreds of attendees to connect farm and business for an early morning omelet breakfast hosted and served by the Agribusiness Committee. The 2020 Ag Breakfast is focused on helping North Iowa, “Forecast for the Future.”
The 2012 Ag Census revealed a big shift in farmer ages; for the first time, growers who are older than 65 outnumber farmers who are younger than 45. With a difference of 2.1 older growers for every farmer younger than 45. This significant change will raise major implications in the future of agriculture. Farming will no longer be sustainable as a ‘one-man show,’ rather it will be a medium to large size business. Questions about how to handle increased food demand, accelerated farm consolidation, high-tech solutions, crop gene editing, and soil health are more prevalent than ever.
Former Iowa House representative Josh Byrnes will moderate a panel of area experts on the future of modern agriculture. Byrnes was a member of the Iowa Agriculture Education Committee during his time as a Representative. Panelist include local farmer Steve Strasheim with Twisted River Farm, Extension Economist Alejandro Plastina, and Landus Grain Marketing Advisor Ashley Smeby. Attendees are asked to submit questions prior to the breakfast for panelist consideration. Forecasting the future of agriculture is crucial for North Iowa’s success.
Tickets are available for Chamber Members in full tables (10 seats) for $100, or half a table (5 seats) for $50. Individual tickets are $12 each and student tickets are $5. Non-members can contact the Chamber for pricing details.Purchase Tickets