Today A wintry mix of precipitation in the morning will transition to rain and freezing rain mixed in the afternoon. Temps nearly steady in the low to mid 30s. Winds ESE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precip 70%. Snow and ice accumulations less than one inch. Tonight Intermittent light rain and freezing rain early. Low near 25F. NW winds at 10 to 15 mph, increasing to 20 to 30 mph. Chance of precip 60%. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph. The Plagges own a feeder-to-finish hog operation and a row-crop farm near Latimer. Ian handles the production side of the farm, overseeing the health of the animals and making seed selection, while Val is responsible for the marketing decisions, record maintenance and helping with seasonal field work. As winners of the Young Farmer Achievement Award, the Plagges will receive a John Deere loader/tractor combo (choice of 5-7 Series) for one year or a 300-hour lease, or a John Deer TX Gator. In addition, the Plagges will receive a 90-day no payment, no interest John Deere Financial Certificate up to $5,000, and an expense-paid trip to the 2017 GROWMARK annual meeting in Chicago.
Ian and Val Plagge of Latimer were named the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation 2016 Young Farmer Achievement Award Winner at the organization’s 98th annual meeting in Des Moines, Dec. 6 and 7, 2016. The annual award honors Iowa farmers between the ages of 18 and 35 who show outstanding management ability in their farming operations and involvement in Farm Bureau and community activities. Ian and Val Plagge own a feeder-to-finish hog operation and a row-crop farm, near Latimer. Ian handles the production side of the farm, overseeing the health of the animals and making seed selection, while Val is responsible for the marketing decisions, record maintenance and helping with seasonal field work. In addition to running the farm operation and raising four children, the Plagges are active members of their community and spend time as volunteers at their local church, the county 4-H Foundations and the Make-A-Wish-Foundation, among other... Val is an active Iowa Farm Bureau F. A. R. M. Team member and looks for ways to tell the story of agriculture in a variety of ways. No stranger to leadership recognition, in 2014 Val received IFBF’s Bob Joslin Award for young.