Information on topics ranging from the farm bill to selling meat off the farm is part of the Winter Ag & Construction Expo at the Jamestown Civic Center on Thursday and Friday, Jan. 14-15.

A panel discussion on the farm bill at 10:30 a.m. Thursday will feature Doug Goehring, North Dakota agriculture commissioner, Daryl Lies, North Dakota Farm Bureau, and Sen. Terry Wanzek, R-Jamestown. That event is sponsored by the Ag and Energy Committee of the Jamestown Area Chamber of Commerce

This is the second year that the committee has sponsored an event during the expo, said Emily Bivens, executive director of the chamber.

"The Ag and Energy Committee under the chamber - our whole purpose is to help promote the ag and energy industries in our region and help the community connect better to those industries," she said. "We’re all affected by the ag and energy industry."

Bivens expects topics to be addressed in the panel discussion include changes with the new farm bill and what that means for farmers in the area and the industry.

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Lynn Lambrecht, general manager of i3GMedia, which is producing the free Winter Ag & Construction Expo, said the panel will be moderated by Ag Central Farm Director Mick Kjar and will also be livestreamed on www.newsdakota.com.

Lambrecht said 40 vendors are expected for the expo, which is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. COVID-19 precautions will be in place for social distancing and there will be hand sanitizer stations. Face masks will be required, and those attending must enter through the west main doors of the Jamestown Civic Center.

At 8:30 a.m. Thursday is a commercial pesticide certification course with Mike Liane, pesticide program specialist with the NDSU Extension Service.

Seminars planned Thursday include at 9 a.m. "Selling Meat off the Farm" with Cody Kreft, senior meat inspector for the North Dakota Department of Agriculture, and at 1:30 p.m. Jason Winter of Advance Trading will speak on "Grain and Livestock Marketing/Risk Management." Marissa Nehlsen, Freedom Financial Group, will present two seminars: at 1 p.m., "Defending the Legacy - Farm Transition Planning," and at 3 p.m., "Defending the Legacy - Life Insurance and Long Term Care."

On Friday, Jan. 15, at the expo, Nehlsen will present a seminar on "Defending the Legacy - Estate Planning" at 9 a.m. Crop insurance updates for 2021 with Insure Forward associates begin at 10:30 a.m. as does a separate "Market Update" through Zoom with Randy Martinson, Martinson Ag Risk Management. That will be followed at 11:30 a.m. with "Pushing Yield and Thinking Outside the Box" with Joe Koll, Monty's Plant Food Company.

At 1:30 p.m., "Palmer Amaranth Management" will be presented by Alicia Harstad, NDSU Extension Stutsman County.

The popular free Unison Bank Farmers Appreciation Lunch will also be served at noon each day, catered by Reister Meats and Catering.