Join the Ag Committee
by staff on March 30th, 2014

 Tuesday, April 8 the Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce invites all businesses and individuals involved in agriculture to join them at Hy-Vee at 8 a.m.  The Chamber has had an Ag Committee in the past and would like to have it again.  This meeting will last about an hour and it will be a chance to share how you think an Ag Committee can be started, become effective and help the residents.  This meeting is open, and not limited to just Chamber members.
Hamilton County has many businesses that are tied directly to agriculture, and we are a rural community as well.  Farming has changed in the past 30 years, yet 97% of the farms are still family farms.  The Chamber feels they have an opportunity to help educate both urban and rural business members about agriculture.  Having an active Ag Committee is the best way to begin that process.  

Did you know:
·         Iowa ranks 1st in the U.S. in corn and soybean production.
·         Iowa leads the nation in hog and egg production.
·         Over 147 million pounds of cheese are made in Iowa per year.
·         There are 19.2 million hogs (almost 27% of the nation’s hogs and that’s 6 hogs per person in Iowa), 4 million cattle, 260,000 sheep and 66.9 million chickens in Iowa. Iowa chickens laid 13.9 billion eggs in 2007.
·         Iowa ranks second nationally in red meat production. In 2007, 6.6 billion pounds of red meat
·         were produced.
·         The 200,000 sheep shorn in 2006 produced 1.23 million pounds of wool valued at $295,000.
·         Iowa ranks ninth in wool production.
·         Iowa’s cash receipts of $4.15 billion from hog markets in 2007 was greater than the total of the
·         next two largest states–North Carolina ($1.41 billion) and Minnesota ($1.07 billion).
·         In 2007, a little more than 4 million turkeys produced nearly 274 million pounds of turkey was
·         produced at a value of $123 million.
·         Iowa has 55,875 square miles of land. Over 90% of Iowa’s land is used for agriculture.
·         These stats provided by http://www.agclassroom.org/kids/stats/iowa.pdf
Your ideas are encouraged and the Chamber’s goal is to begin the process of creating a viable Agriculture Committee.

For more information contact:
Deb Brown, Chamber Director
515-832-2564 ofc
641-580-0103 cell

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