Extension's IMPACT on Agriculture
Iowa State University Agriculture and Natural Resources assists with solutions that benefit all Iowans. See how we are making an impact. Check out our stories, YouTube, videos, and reports.
Dana Sleezer, who farms near Aurelia, and Joel DeJong, ISU Extension field agronomist, are concerned about soil conservation and T-value, the maximum average annual soil loss that will permit current production levels to be maintained economically and indefinitely. Iowa’s T-value is 5 tons per acre per year, which Joel describes as about the width of a dime.
Grape Wine Impact
From the evaluation of cold-hardy grapes to providing quality assurance and chemical analyses, Iowa State University researchers and extension specialists are lending their expertise to put the state’s growing wine industry on the map.
Swine Producers Learn How to Improve Environments
Swine producers say they have healthier air environments for workers and animals, production benefits and energy cost savings after participating in ventilation system training using the ventilation trailer. Their new understanding of the systems gives them confidence when making decisions about needed changes.
Dairy Peer Group Offer Each Other Professional Support
Young dairy producers in northeast Iowa are learning from each other and from experts in the dairy industry as members of the Young Dairy Producer Peer Group. They are identifying issues impacting long-term profitability, re-evaluating their operation’s benchmarks or standards, and have increased their knowledge of risk management.
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach takes on environmental challenges including the drought that unfolded slowly in 2012. More than 6,000 Iowans participated in ISU Extension and Outreach meetings and webinars and called our hotlines and specialists for updates on crop, livestock, and horticulture issues during 2012. Our drought response continues in 2013 as Iowans address the needs for their farms, families, businesses, and communities in the aftermath of the severe drought.
Management Decisions Improved with Ag Decision Maker
Farmers, financial lenders, farm managers and agriculture instructors understand that having current, unbiased agricultural economics and business information is important to making sound farm management decisions. Knowing where to go in a rapidly changing agricultural environment to access up-to-date information that includes new and emerging issues is critical to their success. And they want resources available quickly and easily.
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