--New Board Members Elected at FCDC Annual Meeting
--Leadership Class Has Agrigulture Session in March
--FCDC Board Visits Flint Hills Resources
--Building Progressing at Fortigen Plant
UP COMING EVENTS
-"Kong: Skull Island" March 25-26, Rialto ll Theater
LEADERSHIP CLASS ATTENDS AG SESSION
The Odegeo…Leadership for Fillmore County class held their Agriculture session on March 21, 2017.
Among morning presenters were Paul Bixby and Frank Heinisch, who gave information about Estate Planning. Don Jividen from Heartland Bank, Allan Jefferson from York State Bank, and Alan Emshoff from Generations Bank talked to the group about Ag lending, the different cycles in lending and how technology has influence all aspects of agriculture. Ryan Norton from Fillmore County Farm Service Agency shared data about number of farmers, production totals, government payments among other farm data. Clark Poppert from Servi-Tech presented information on the role crop consultants have in farming.
Geneva Implement and Weaver’s Repair portrayed another sector involved in agriculture. Keith Shellhase, manager of Geneva Implement, took the class on a tour and showed the class several large implements and the technology in them that has changed farming. Randy & Laura Weaver, owners of Weaver Repair, also talked about the technology in farming today.
Circle Five Beef, Inc was the final stop of the morning. Jeff Neiman, the feed-yard manager at Fairmont, told how that feed-yard operates and all the components that go into getting the cattle to market. The group ate lunch at Sweetwater Café in Exeter compliments of Circle Five Beef.
Next the group learned more about the inputs that go raising crops by visiting Farmers Cooperative in Exeter and Crop Protection Services (CPS) west of Fairmont. Both business are in the seed and chemical business and are very busy this time of year.
The group then stopped at CPI Lansing-Fairmont where Ken Pilsl explained their in-take of corn and soybeans and how most of it is shipped on large unit car trains.
The last stop of the day was to visit hog producer Scott Schlegel by a hog finisher barn he uses. He talked about the ups and downs of hog, cattle, and grain markets and how that affects the profitability of his business.
Beavers Dairy has nearly completed construction and will soon be milking cows in the state-of-the dairy located southeast of Shickley.
L to R: Brandy VanDeWalle, Marcus Ruhl, Eric Kamler, Bart Brinkman, Bryce Kassik, Ann Jansky, Amie Underwood, Amanda Schropfer, Don Bristol, Megan Williams, Nate Hughes, new board members - Jaminson Jensen, Jeff Spiehs, not pictured-Derek Betka.
New Directors Elected at FCDC Annual Meeting
The 2017 Annual Meeting of the Fillmore CountyDevelopment was held at Gary’s Brickhouse Grille in Grafton. Eric Kamler, President of the FCDC, welcomed everyone and introduced special guests, Sarah Skinner from Senator Fischer's office, Jerad Reimers from Congressman Smith's office, and local officials.
Derek Betka of Fairmont, Jamison Jensen of Fairmont, and Jeff Spiehs of Milligan were elected as new Board of Directors of the FCDC to serve four year terms.
Eric Kamler recognized and thanked the 2016 FCDC members for their investment and support.
Ann Jansky and Amanda Schropfer were recognized as they will be going off the board after serving a four-year term.
Speaker for the evening was Sue Bauman of Grafton who writes under the name “Laura Landon”. She has written 27 books and has sold over one million copies.
Scott Schlegel, hog producer, giving some facts about the hog industry.
FCDC Board Visits Flint Hills Resources
Members of the Fillmore County Development Corporation visited Flint Hills Resources the middle of February to hear about their expansion.
Kevin Karsiuk, Plant Manager, along with Ron Hansen explained where the new additon would be located and the new roads would be built to make traffic move more efficiently throughout the plant.
Some of the group then took a driving tour through the plant.
Class at CPI-Lansing in Fairmont
Fortigen Anhydrous Plant is Progressing
Construction continues at the Fortigen anhydrous plant in Geneva. Much of the outside work is complete and workers will now start working inside.
It is expected that the plant will be finished this summer and anhydrous amonia can be distributed and used by farmers this fall.