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Grain Safety Shorts: Grain Handling Equipment Safety

Safety tips for grain handling equipmentHarvest season can be hectic, but it is well worth taking the time to consider safety when operating grain handling equipment. Hazards abound when handling grain, such as equipment entanglement, grain entrapment and engulfment and dust explosions, among others.Agricultural confined-space related cases of injuries and fatalities saw a dramatic rise in 2022, including grain entrapment cases that rose nearly 45%, based on Purdue University’s annual report.

Friendly reminder for our Farmers

Every harvest season I hold my breath. Not because of the dust or the thousands of Asian beetles that make their way into the house, but in apprehension. This Saturday the extension office is holding a Farm Safety day at the fairgrounds and the always demonstrate how they rescue someone who gets stuck in a grain bin. In the picture, you can see what happens on the inside of a grain bin when emptying the bins.
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 Clickstop has been awarded a Top Workplaces 2023 honor by Iowa Top Workplaces. This is the tenth time Clickstop has received this honor in its 18-year history. The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by employee engagement technology partner Energage LLC. The confidential survey uniquely measures 15 culture drivers that are critical to the success of any organization: including alignment, execution, and connection, just to name a few.

Naig Announces Grant Opportunity for the Development of Livestock Vaccines

Vaccine development is one of many steps taken to enhance our foreign animal disease preparednessIowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig today announced the formation of the Livestock Protection Innovation Grant Program. The program will provide grant funding to assist Iowa-based companies in the development of safe and effective vaccines that may help protect Iowa livestock from foreign animal diseases.

Hawkeye Community College Announces 2023-2024 Business Consortium Workshop Serie

Hawkeye Community College has announced the next Business Consortium Workshop Series, focused on providing an intense concentration of knowledge in specific business topics to employees across all industries.The consortium consists of 11 different workshops, all focused on building business strength. Workshops run once a month from 8:30-11:00 a.m. and are led by business training professionals with years of field experience.
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September 13 entertainment at 4th St. Diner

Everyone is invited to enjoy linch at the 4th Street Diner for our famous Ham Ball menu.  We will have Barb Riggle as a special guest; playing the piano from 11:30 am to 12:00 noon.  Reservations can be made as early as Sunday, September 10th.  We look forward to seeing you!To make a reservation call, 319-472-4761On-Site, Carryout and Home Delivered meals are available!RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIREDWe have a limited number of seats available each day.

42° North Winery Annual Big Bash, Saturday, September 16

Our BIG BASH is almost here!!!Saturday, September 16 from 11 a.m. - 4:00 p.mBring your lawn chairs to enjoy a day of music with Todd Frank and Rachel Darling. Wood fired pizzas from Good Morrow’s pizza will be available for purchase.Also available will be our eight wines to taste and enjoy.Come out and enjoy, some great food, wine and music!

Opal and Hazel's September Events

OUR WEBSITE IS LIVE !Please go check out  when you can. We are super proud of the way it looks and are excited for you to finally see it.If your business is looking for help designing your website, let us know and we will get you connected with our designer! (She does great work!)For September we travel to Amana three times.
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HACAP Food Reservoir Celebrating 40 Years of Feeding Eastern Iowa

HACAP Food Reservoir will commemorate 40 years of feeding Eastern Iowa with an open house on September 26, 2023 that will be open to community members, partners, donors, and volunteers. The public will have the opportunity to take a tour, meet staff, and learn about how food moves through the warehouse from donation to delivery.1 in 13 individuals in HACAP Food Reservoir’s service areas struggle with food insecurity.

Wind portfolio increases production 25% over 2021 levels

More than 50% of the energy Alliant Energy’s Iowa utility provided to its customers in 2022 came from renewable energy generation. Alliant Energy, the third-largest owner-operator of regulated wind in the U.S., increased production by 25% from 2021 levels. This increase allowed its Iowa utility to provide a double-digit surge of renewable energy to its customers in 2022, boosting the percentage of renewable energy served to its retail electric customers to 52.
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