MANKATO, Minn. - A western Iowa farmer who prefers a biologically-aware approach to conventional agriculture and a central Nebraska rancher, writer and radio host will speak at the 2012 Minnesota Ag Expo Jan. 23-24 at the Verizon Wireless Center.
Owner/operator of a 2,500-acre corn and soybean farm near Persia, Iowa, Bill Darrington and his father use non-toxic alternatives for insect and fungal control plus no till and vertical tillage.
Darrington is half owner of Greenspire Global Inc., which produces and markets Safestrike, an organic-approved product that enriches plant immune systems and Procidic, an organic fungicidal produce made in Spain. He will speak from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 23 at the Verizon Wireless Center.
Following a corn awards luncheon, Trent Loos of Nebraska will speak from 1:30-2:30 p.m.
A national swine show winner raised on a diversified farm near Quincy, Ill., Loos expanded his operation in 1990 to include Limousin, Simmental, and Angus cattle, then added horses and meat goats and gilt pigs several years ago.
The Looses and a small group of livestock producers founded Faces of Agriculture, a nonprofit organization, the aim of which is to convince consumers that the abundant supply of safe, healthy food eaten in this country is produced by real people on real farms, not "factories."
Trent's "Loos Tales" columns are printed weekly in the Kansas-based High Plains Journal and many other publications. He hosts a number of radio shows including "Rural Route," and "Loos Trails and Tales."
Gospel and Country music artist Michael Peterson will speak from 3:30-4:15 p.m. Jan. 23.
Events on Jan. 24 begin with a corn and soybean growers association breakfast, 7-8 a.m., soybean growers delegate session 8:30-10:30 a.m., annual meeting 10:30-11:45 a.m., lunch from 11:45-12:45 p.m., corn growers delegate session 1-2:30 p.m. and annual meeting 2:45-4 p.m.
A soybean association 50th anniversary membership reception will be held 6-9 p.m. Jan. 22.
For more information including registration, visihttp://www.mncorn.org or call 952-460-3600.