2020 AG APPRECIATION LUNCHEON
The Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce (DACC) Agriculture Committee will host the annual Ag Appreciation Luncheon on March 18, 2020 at the Danan Lansing Building at the Winneshiek County Fairgrounds. This year’s lunch will feature Hot Beef Sundaes. Serving will begin at 11:30am. Guest speaker Aaron Putze and awards will begin at 12 p.m.
Following Putze’s presentation, The DACC will present two Friend in Agriculture awards. One area business and individual will be recognized for their ongoing efforts toward and support of local agriculture. Two Ag Scholarships will also be presented. One high school senior within Winneshiek County and one NICC Agriculture student will receive $350 toward their agriculture studies.
About the Speaker
Aaron Putze serves as Sr. Director of Information & Education for the Iowa Soybean Association. He coordinates communications, industry relations, producer services and consumer engagement activities to positively impact Iowa’s 42,000 soybean farmers and agriculture.
Aaron was raised on a crop and livestock farm near West Bend, Iowa. He holds degrees in communications, public relations and journalism from the University of Northern Iowa and earned his accreditation in public relations in 2001.
In 2018, Aaron was named Outstanding Public Relations Professional by the Central Iowa PRSA. He’s the author of two books: Destined for Greatness, the biography of Iowa Hawkeyes’ Great Chuck Long and the just-published YOU Are Destined for Greatness –Stories of Inspiration and Empowerment. He’s a member of the Waukee Rotary and Knights of Columbus.
Aaron’s a big fan of the outdoors and enjoys being an advocate for farmers and spending time with family. He and his wife Crystal and children Garrett, Grant and Jaelyn (JAY-lin) live in Waukee.
STAY SAFE TAKE A BREAK 2019
As the busy harvest season continues, the Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce (DACC) encourages all farmers to take time to care for themselves. During the harvest season, the DACC Ag Committee will travel the countryside in the southeast quadrant of Winneshiek County distributing bags filled with provisions to every field worker they find. The bags have included everything from pop/water to first-aid kits, work gloves to homemade cookies and much more, all donated by DACC member businesses. Kristina Wiltgen, DACC Executive Director states, “Weather permitting, we'll distribute 180 bags on Wednesday, October 30th. Our goal is to meet farmers while they're in action and remind them that they're seen, and to take good care of themselves during the harvest season. Bringing them provisions right in the fields seems like such a beautiful, homegrown way to do that."
The Stay Safe Take a Break project began in 2004 in an effort to help fight farmer fatigue and keep workers safe in Winneshiek County during the fall harvest season. The program was designed to be implemented over a four-year period with bags delivered each year in a different quadrant of Winneshiek County.
The program is now in its 16th year and making its fourth round of distribution around the county. Farm safety is an important issue year-round. However, particularly when farmers are harvesting, the importance of safety comes to the forefront. Winneshiek County is home to more than 2,000 active farms which produce hogs, dairy and beef cattle, corn, soybeans, hay, and produce. The DACC realizes that many farmers are trying to make the most of all relatively sunny and dry days and want to encourage everyone working long hours to take adequate breaks to ensure their own and others safety. For more information on how you can contribute to this and other ag-related programs, contact the DACC at (563) 382-3990.
Thank you for supporting agriculture in our community!