County fairs “are great community events” – Newton Daily News



Mike Naig enjoys visiting as many fairs as he can during the summer. Last week, the Secretary of State for Agriculture stopped by six fairs, including the Jasper County Fair. It was the first time he had visited the exhibition grounds. By the time he arrived on Friday afternoon, the volunteers were still hard at work with the final preparations.

Jerry Elscott, Chairman of the Jasper County Fair Board of Directors, walked Naig through the usual stops: the lodge, animal barns, campgrounds, arena. Naig said county fairs are a great place for young people to show off their cattle and gave credit to the volunteers who keep the fairs alive.

“I love visiting the young people – the 4-H and FFA students – who are participating,” Naig said. “You can just tell when you talk to them, these kids are so excited to be here. A lot of them didn’t have a normal fair last year so it’s great to be back. And these are also great community events. “

Naig said he enjoys promoting County Fairs, which are the champions of the 4-H and FFA programs. So many life lessons are learned when young people actively participate in county fair activities. Naig said the kids are learning how to prepare and compete. Maybe you are doing better than you expected. Maybe not.

“But you to learn of that, and it’s a great growth opportunity, ”Naig said. “What I keep seeing are community events. So you will have people from the farm or agriculture and you will have people from the city who do not know much about agriculture. It’s a great way to bring people together and raise awareness.


In less than a month, it will be a year since the derecho hit Iowa. The storm’s devastating wind gusts affected nearly 2 million acres of corn and about 600,000 acres of soybeans during a promising growing season. Naig said there were “lingering effects” of the derecho affecting farmers in 2021.

If people know what they’re looking for, Naig said, they can still see damaged buildings and houses and are still in need of repair. A number of trees also suffered heavy damage, which Naig says will likely need to be cut down and hopefully replanted.

“From a crop standpoint, the great thing that has happened is that the corn has gone down and you end up with that corn becoming ‘volunteer corn’ or basically a weed this year because it’s in competition. with culture – that’s been a problem, ”Naig said. .

Farmers who had fields in this storm path “are absolutely grappling with the lingering effects” of the derecho, Naig added. How do farmers solve this problem? Typically, they rotate crops and take a close look at weed control and find the best options for killing corn growing in bean fields, Naig said.

Most of the crop damage was insurable, but Naig said insurance “never heals you.” Crop insurance is a great risk management tool for the 97 percent of Iowa farmers who benefit from it, he added. However, farmers do not have 100 percent coverage, and at the end of the day “you don’t have a crop in the bin to market”.

Naig said, “There are losses that you just cannot fully cover with crop insurance. But the good news is that most of those losses are covered. The other thing that has an impact is that you might be waiting to rebuild something because you can’t get the materials or the contractor is busy or there is a labor shortage. ‘artwork.

“Some people are just waiting for these projects to be completed. “

Contact Christopher Braunschweig at 641-792-3121 ext. 6560 or [email protected]


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