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Winter Ag and Construction Expo is Jan. 13-14

The event will be located at the Jamestown Civic Center.

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While the Winter Ag & Construction Expo is geared to farmers, there are plenty of things for the general public also, said Lynn Lambrecht, general manager of i3G Media, which hosts the annual event.

The expo offers not only seminars for farmers but also vendors including those related to construction, security and siding/windows, Lambrecht said.

“We’ll have multiple construction companies there, contractors,” she said.

The expo is Thursday, Jan. 13, and Friday, Jan. 14, at the Jamestown Civic Center, and admission is free. Show exhibits are open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day and will include new vendors and new equipment, Lambrecht said.

“The weather’s going to be about as good as we can possibly get in North Dakota in January … so we want to see as many people as possible,” Lambrecht said. “We put on the free seminars because we want to see people there. It’s all for the benefit of the farmer and we just hope to have a packed house. I’d loved to see everybody in Stutsman County there. ... it’s not just for farmers, too, anybody could find interest here.”

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Lambrecht said there are about 75 vendors, and she welcomes the in-person atmosphere of this year’s event, noting the coronavirus pandemic affected the event in 2021.

“We’re almost full on the lower level (of the Civic Center) - last year, of course, we were at half capacity because of COVID,” she said. “This year we’re not at full capacity, but we’re darn close.”

Along with vendors, there will be presentations and the popular free Farmers Appreciation Lunch on both days.

The Jamestown Area Chamber of Commerce’s Ag and Energy Committee is sponsoring a panel discussion on the ADM soybean crushing plant moderated by Mick Kjar. On the panel will be Mike Keller, ADM; Connie Ova, Jamestown/Stutsman Development Corp.; Glenn Hauck, Great River Energy, and Jeff Zueger, Midwest Ag Energy.

Also expected to draw high interest are the seminars from Randy Martinson of Martinson Ag Risk Management and Marissa Nehlsen of Freedom Financial Group, Lambrecht said.

“He’s (Martinson) been to our event many times and marketing is always a draw for the farmers because they want to know … ‘I’m going to put soybeans in the ground this spring, what are they going to be worth in the fall?”’ Lambrecht said.

Nehlsen will provide five seminars over the two days of the expo on topics featuring protecting your farm, estate and transition planning, long-term care and insurance.

“You’ve got plenty of opportunities to visit with her or take in a seminar from her,” Lambrecht said.

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The Ag in the Classroom program also returns. Alicia Harstad, NDSU Extension - Stutsman County ag and natural resources agent, said i3G Media provides the space at the expo and the Extension office organizes the program. Harstad said 227 students from nine schools are expected to participate.

Third grade classes in Jamestown and third and fourth grade classes from Medina and Pingree-Buchanan will visit nine booths represented by ag-related agencies and organizations, spending about 7 minutes at each one to learn something related to agriculture.

“At each booth, they learn a little bit of where their food comes from, about North Dakota agriculture and then even some careers in agriculture as well, too,” Harstad said. “So, really, the purpose of it is really just to help youth learn where their food comes from and then learn a little bit more about agriculture.”

The one-hour program for the students will be provided three times that day to accommodate the number of students attending.

Expo Schedule

Thursday, Jan. 13

7:30 a.m.: Gackle-Streeter FFA fundraiser pancake breakfast, lower level, west side. Freewill offering; breakfast expected to go until about 9:30 a.m. depending upon attendees

Noon: Unison Bank’s Farmers Appreciation Lunch

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Ag Central Seminar Center Orange Room

9 a.m.: “Cutting through the Carbon Clutter - How it can benefit Your Farm,” Pat VanLith, digital business manager, Granular,

1:30 p.m.: “Wicked Weed Issues,” Alicia Harstad, NDSU Extension – Stutsman County

3 p.m.: Commodity Elections: Corn Council, Oilseed Council, Canola and Wheat Commission county representatives,

Northwest Corner Mezzanine

10:30 a.m.: Panel discussion on ADM soybean crushing plant/SEPA

Club Room – Upper Concourse North Side

10:30 a.m.: “Defending the Legacy – Protecting your Farm from Predators,” Marissa D. Nehlsen, Freedom Financial Group

1:30 p.m.: “Defending the Legacy – Protecting your Farm from Predators,” Marissa D. Nehlsen, Freedom Financial Group

Friday, Jan. 14

Noon: Unison Bank’s Farmers Appreciation Lunch

Ag Central Seminar Center Orange Room

9 a.m.: “Going All Liquid,” Joe Koll, Monty's Plant Food Co.

10:30 a.m.: “Market Update with Randy Martinson,” Randy Martinson, Martinson Ag Risk Management

Ag Central Seminar Center RED Room

10:30 a.m.: 2022 Crop Insurance Updates, Insure Forward Associates

Club Room – Upper Concourse North Side

9:30 a.m.: “Defending the Legacy – Estate Planning,” Marissa D. Nehlsen, Freedom Financial Group

11 a.m.: “Defending the Legacy - Farm Transition Planning,” Marissa D. Nehlsen, Freedom Financial Group

1:30 p.m.: “Defending the Legacy – Long Term Care & Insurance,” Marissa D. Nehlsen, Freedom Financial Group

Upper Concourse – South Side

8:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m.: Stutsman County Extension Ag in the Classroom Program

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If you go

What: 2022 Winter Ag & Construction Expo

When: Thursday and Friday, Jan. 13-14

Where: Jamestown Civic Center

Admission: free

Related Topics: LOCAL BUSINESS
Kathy Steiner has been the editor of The Jamestown Sun since 1995. She graduated from Valley City State College with a bachelor's degree in English and studied mass communications at North Dakota State University, Fargo. She reports on business, government and community topics in the Jamestown area. Reach her at 701-952-8449 or ksteiner@jamestownsun.com.
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