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Extension’s IMPACT on Agriculture

Heifer Clinics Help Expand Beef-Cow Herds
In an effort to help Iowa’s producers grow their beef-cow herd, the Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association hosted 10 different Heifer Development clinics across Iowa in early 2012. These clinics provided Iowa beef producers with information on the latest technologies and best management practices in beef reproduction, genetics, and nutrition.

Youth Learn How Water Rocks Their World
An awareness campaign is moving across Iowa. It’s a campaign with lessons about tap water, birds and butterflies, crops and soils, dogs and frogs, and how they all connect with the water resources of every-day living. Water Rocks! is a youth water education campaign delivered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. The campaign is an interplay of knowledge, caring and engagement.

Field Agronomists Help Iowa Farmers
Each growing season farmers face unforeseen challenges. Extreme weather, unanticipated pests, unknown soil conditions - all these factors can interfere with producing an exceptional crop. Farmers call field agronomists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach asking for help to sort out crop issues and find ways to lessen their detrimental effect on yields.
Farmers find value in troubleshooting by extension specialists

Agriculture & Natural Resources 2013 by the Numbers
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.

Dairy Producers Adopt Practices that Turn Profit
One way dairy producers counter the price-cost squeeze is to adopt dairy production practices that increase the efficiency of their operations. Those efficiencies can translate into increased profits.

Julie Van Waardhuizen is fully engaged in farming with her husband as livestock producers in Mahaska County. What she's learned from Annie's Project has helped her become a better farm business partner.

Families Plan for Farm Estate Succession
Farm families who participated in Evaluating Your Estate Planworkshops in 2013 are making better decisions about farm succession, and involving their families in estate planning.

Feedlot Forum Helps Beef Producers Cope with a Changing World
Feedlot producers and agri-business professionals who attended Feedlot Forum 2013 now have the knowledge to make informed decisions regarding emerging beef issues. And the winners are … the consumer.

Producers are Improving Swine 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.
 
Young Dairy Professionals Value Peer Group
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.
 
Management Decisions Improved with Website
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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