October 21, 2019

Archives for October 2015

Rural Women Digging Deep

Furthering education through local support

By Morgan Ball, ISUEO WIA Student Program Assistant

As an underserved audience women are taking matters into their own hands. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach county coordinators- are recognizing the need for additional agriculture education for farm women through local extension programs. Rural Women of North Iowa is a new program designed to meet this growing need. It was developed after a national Annie’s Project course was conducted through a partnership between Palo Alto and Emmet County.

Annie’s Project is dedicated to strengthening women’s roles in the modern farm enterprise. Traditionally participants in Annie’s Project meet for six sessions. The course teaches problem solving, record keeping, and decision-making skills.

Britney Rosburg and Angie Strohman are planning and preparing the meetings for Rural Women of North Iowa. “We were inspired by Annie’s Project and Managing for Today and Tomorrow to create Rural Women of North Iowa because of the success they had throughout the county,” Rosburg states, “Through the evaluations and conversations the participants expressed interest in attending future educational programs for women involved in agriculture. There were some topics the ladies wanted to decipher more, such as agronomy. Women are very much involved in agriculture as professionals and in their operations.”

Nicole Tifft, a participant in Rural Women of North Iowa, currently owns 40 cow/calf pairs with her brother and helps her parents raise 600 acres of corn and soybeans. Nicole graduated from Annie’s Project six years ago and was motivated to dig deeper. “Anytime there is an opportunity for me to further my agricultural knowledge and network in the industry, I find that extremely valuable to my future in ag.”

The first Rural Women of North Iowa Meeting had eight participants from Palo Alto and Emmet County. Britney and Angie expect the program to grow as they move forward, “We hope to increase the attendance at future events and will cater to as many people and topics we can. Rosburg says, “We sent a survey out to past Annie’s Project participants asking them how often they wanted to meet, ideas for topics, and times to hold the program. Our decisions for topics are based off the responses we received.”

This year the counties plan to cover agronomy, marketing, and farm finances. “We will advertise each program so new participants can join. Participants can attend one or all events based on their interests. There is no age target, we reached out to FFA and college students in hope to have some of them attend future events,” Rosburg says. The guest for the winter meeting is Margi Guyler-Alaniz of FarmHer. Rural Women of North Iowa participants will have the opportunity to hear her story.

“I really liked the informal setting with both structured presentation and time to ask questions and address them as they come up, says Tiff, “I would like to see topics on grain marketing, cash rent agreements and land ownership. I truly enjoy the networking opportunity that Rural Women of North Iowa provides and the chance to expand my knowledge in the agriculture field.”

Women interested in participating in any of these programs can contact Britney Rosburg at britneyr@iastate.edu or Angie Strohman at angies@iastate.edu or call either Emmet or Palo Alto County ISU Extension and Outreach office.

Whittemore Cenex Recognizes “Tank of Thanks” Winners

Beth Buscherfeld, Gary Person, Bob Meyer, Joy Metzger, and James Zinnel.

Beth Buscherfeld, Gary Person, Bob Meyer, Joy Metzger, and James Zinnel.

Four individuals who are making a difference in the Whittemore community were recently presented with $50 Cenex “Tanks of Thanks” gift cards.

The Tanks of Thanks program rewards Cenex clients in local communities that go the extra mile with free fuel. Each were nominated by MaxYield Cooperative, which owns and operates the Cenex convenience store in Whittemore.

Each month, 100 people win a $50 Tanks of Thanks gift card from Cenex. Beth Buscherfeld, Whittemore Cenex manager for MaxYield Cooperative, recently presented the awards.

Joy Metzger, who works at the Whittemore Public Library, is an advocate for the many youth programs at the library. She helps coordinate the summer reading and after school programs, going above and beyond in her efforts to promote these events.

Bob Meyer volunteers his time by lending a hand to elderly citizens in Whittemore. He frequently stops by with fresh fruits and produce and provides transportation for their doctor visits.

An employee of the City of Whittemore, James Zinnel was recognized for his efforts in keeping the town running smoothly, usually with a smile on his face.

Gary Person, who works at the Whittemore Cenex store, is known for good-natured personality. Young and old alike look forward to interacting with Gary whenever they visit, and many clients appreciate his client-first attitude.

MaxYield Cooperative is a local, member-owned cooperative that operates Cenex convenience stores in West Bend, Whittemore, and Fostoria and also provides Cenex fuels to area farmers and clients.

More information about the MaxYield and the Tanks of Thanks program is available at www.MaxYieldCoop.com and www.Cenex.com/tanks-of-thanks.

Meet Chris Warren: SciMax Product Solutions Specialist

20150617_maxyield_477 (681x1024)With his analytical mind and ag in his blood, Chris Warren is excited to help SciMax Solutions clients find new ways to maximize their results and add more value to their farming operation.

We recently caught up with Chris, who joined SciMax in mid-June and is based in the West Region, to learn more about his diverse background and how he’s helping clients find the right solutions for their acres.

Q: What’s your farm background?
A: I grew up in Fairmont, MN, but spent a lot of time helping on my family’s farm near Ringsted, where my dad, Dan, raises corn and soybeans. My family’s roots run deep in the Ringsted area. Some of my ancestors came to this area before the town was founded in 1899 by Danish immigrants. I’ve always enjoyed coming back in the spring and fall to help on the farm, because agriculture means a lot to me.

Q: How does your diverse work experience add value for SciMax clients?
A: I graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2008 with a bachelor of science degree in construction management. I had worked a lot of construction jobs and like working outdoors, but then the 2008 recession hit. Since the construction industry was hit hard, I looked elsewhere for work. I became a financial advisor at Ameriprise Financial for five years. I learned a lot about business and building relationships with clients.

Q: What do you enjoy about SciMax?
A: I’m an analytical person, so I like how SciMax is focused on information management. I enjoy helping clients put data in a usable form to create an action plan to help them manage nutrients better and improve efficiencies.

Q: What excites you about the future of SciMax?
A: I look forward to seeing the results from our multi-hybrid planter, which we used to plant approximately 1,300 acres this year. Our goal is to help clients find new ways to use cutting-edge technology to manage information, make smart decisions, and consistently boost their yield potential.

I also look forward to working with more SciMax clients. If you’d like to contact me, call me at 712-260-9564.

Editor’s note: Chris moved back to Ringsted in 2013. In his free time, he enjoys golfing, spending time with friends at the lake, and traveling, especially to the western United States, including Colorado.