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Feb. 13: Bruce Vincent to deliver keynote presentation at Ag Summit

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Date Modified: 02/24/2014 11:27 PM

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SIOUX CENTER — The 2014 Ag Summit will feature an afternoon of presentations to give farmers, livestock producers and ag business professionals tools and insights to help them succeed.

The Farmers Alliance coalition will host the 2014 Ag Summit Feb. 13 at Dordt College in Sioux Center. Registration begins at 12:45 p.m. with sessions starting at 1 p.m. More information is available at

"We're excited about this year's Ag Summit," said Bruce Dooyema, Center Fresh Group and Ag Summit planning committee member. "The speakers and panelists will challenge attendees and give them the information they need to continue improving their operations. It is also a great opportunity to celebrate the role of agriculture and livestock production in Iowa and give farmers more tools to share their stories with friends, family and neighbors."

Bruce Vincent, a third generation logger from Libby, Mont., will deliver the keynote presentation titled "With Vision, There is Hope." He is a nationally-known speaker who brings firsthand perspective in how activists and special interest groups can impact agriculture and rural communities. He is president of Communities for a Great Northwest, executive director of Provider Pals and is co-owner of Environomics.

The theme of the summit is "It Starts Here" and will feature local, state and national speakers in panel sessions. Bill Northey, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, will deliver the event's welcome and opening comments.

There will be panel discussions on Iowa's Nutrient Management Strategy, the role of export markets in local economies and western Iowa community projects underway in Africa.

All presentations will be held in B.J. Haan Auditorium. The social reception will be held in the Dordt College Campus Center and will feature a light supper, including appetizers and a wide assortment of cheeses, fruits and vegetables and mini desserts.

Tickets cost $10 and include all presentations as well as refreshments and reception.

The 2014 Agriculture Summit is hosted by Western Iowa Dairy Alliance, Sioux County Pork Producers, Northwest Iowa Cattlemen Associations, Northwest Iowa Sheep Producers, Iowa Poultry Association, Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Soybean Association, Dordt College, and ISU Extension.