Last Tuesday's Ag Outlook event at the Clay County Regional Events Center is a tremendous example of what committed people, working together, can pull off.
In its 28th year, Ag Outlook annually brings together agri-business experts from all aspects of industry. Regional farmers - with both livestock and crop interests - are able to enjoy a day of interaction with many diverse professionals. Representatives from ag transportation, feed, grain and handling - all gathered under one roof - offer their expertise and the latest in cutting-edge technology and information. Ag Outlook is indeed a clearinghouse for those with interests in the industry.
Additionally, speakers are provided a platform to discuss the future of farming, focusing on everything from commodities to practical application.
This annual event, a celebration focusing on the driving force behind Iowa's economy, is presented for free to those attending.
The Ag Committee with the Spencer Chamber of Commerce should take a bow as the show is a testimony to their efforts. Committee members take time away from their various jobs and interests to coordinate this agriculture extravaganza and it doesn't just happen overnight. Many hours, days, weeks and months are put into preparation of this show. The large crowds who roll to Spencer each year to take part recognize their hard work.
Looking at the license plates in the parking lot, attendees don't just travel from out-of-county locales, but roll in from outside the borders of Iowa as well.
Of course, the sponsors of Ag Outlook should get some credit, too. Their participation, in terms of dollars and cents, helps to ensure these folks not only visit the Spencer-area and the free show one time, but in many cases return yearly. That translates to money in our hotels, restaurants, gas stations and retail shops. Those dollars turn over again and again.
Ag Outlook is just one more example to the accomplishments of dedicated volunteers we are blessed to have in Spencer and the surrounding areas. Whether it's an event like Ag Outlook or Flagfest, school activities, youth sports programs, Love Spencer or Blue Zones, there always seems to be great people anchoring the efforts.
For a town the size of Spencer, to have the volunteer force it has, that's saying something.