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Ag heritage programs planned

Published: Monday, Feb. 18, 2013 11:25 a.m. CDT

The DeKalb Area Agricultural Heritage Association Inc. has announced its Spring Agricultural Heritage program schedule. All presentations will be held at noon at the Ellwood Visitors Center, 509 N. First St., DeKalb.

“The Faivre Family: A Journey in Agriculture” will be presented by Roger Steimel on Wednesday. Steimel tells the Faivre family story and their journey from the French Alps to Illinois in search of opportunities and success in agriculture. The presentation is based on a book of the Faivre family history. Steimel is a longtime resident of DeKalb County and a retired farmer. He has served on numerous civic, agricultural and community groups during his lifetime. He served on the DeKalb County Farm Bureau Board for 16 years, and the DeKalb County Board for 12 years. His family has been a part of the Faivre family history. As one of 75 grandchildren, he enjoys looking back in history and recalling the experiences of the past.

“DeKalb Story, Part I: Making Genetic Concepts A Farming Reality” will be presented on March 6 by Rich Ryan, former president of DeKalb Genetics Corp. Ryan will tell Part I of the DeKalb story from the research that led the company into hybrid corn, its growth, ventures into other genetically enhanced products, its diversification, consolidation and ultimate purchase.

“DeKalb Story, Part II: Achieving Success Via Furthering Innovations and Consolidations” will be presented by Ryan on March 13. Ryan continues the DeKalb story from the research that led the company into hybrid corn, its growth, ventures into other genetically enhanced products, its diversification, consolidation and ultimate purchase.

For more information, call DAAHA at 815-756-8737 or send email to daaha.inc@gmail.com.

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