The Manchester Chamber’s Annual Ag Luncheon was Thursday at the Delaware County Fairgrounds Pavilion. This year’s speaker was Dr. David Kohl, a former professor of agricultural finance and small business management and entrepreneurship at Virginia Tech. Due to popular demand, Kohl is invited to speak every other year at the event, which celebrates and recognizes those involved in agriculture. Kohl says there’s a lot of opportunity in agriculture, but there is a transition going on right now.
Kohl offers several pieces of advice for area farmers.
Area farmers, ag business leaders and commodity organizations attended the event, along with over ninety area FFA students. The students were among those who participated in the morning breakout session, getting a chance to visit with area vendors about future ag opportunities.
Several awards were also presented at this year’s Ag Luncheon. The Manchester Chamber’s Friend of Ag Award was given to former Delaware County Cattlemen Association President Mark Monaghan, who passed away last year. Mark’s wife, Lisa, and their three sons accepted on his behalf.
The Delaware County Soil and Water Conservation District also presented several awards. The Windbreak Award was given to Steve and Barb Hackbarth installed twenty-one rows of trees and shrubs on their acreage northwest of Manchester, which blocks the wind and beautifies their property. The Don Eibey Memorial Award was presented to the Gene and Dixie Wenthold family, who farm northwest of Dyersville. Over the years, the Wentholds have installed contour strip cropping, grassed waterways, water and sediment control structures and a round manure storage structure. And the Delaware County Conservation Award was given to Joann Besler. The Besler farm, which sits northeast of Hopkinton, has incorporated contour farming, grass field borders, no-till farming, terraces, grassed waterways and several other conservation practices over the past twenty-plus years. If you are interested in improving your farm through conservation, contact the Delaware County Soil and Water Conservation District Office. (Photos by News Director Janelle Tucker)