Ag Chemical Dealers Estimate ISU Extension Program Has Multi Million Dollar Impact

Jim Fawcett, Crops Field Specialist, Southeast

Problem Statement

With cutbacks in agricultural staff within ISU Extension, it is not possible to work as closely with crop producers as has been done in the past. Crop producers need to be kept up to date on changing technologies in crop and pest management in order to remain competitive.
Programmatic Response

One method to meet the needs of todays crop producers is to educate those that serve the crop producers. Each year ISU Extension has held an Ag Chemical Dealer Update in Iowa City that is attended by many ag professionals in the area, including ag fertilizer and chemical dealers, seed research and sales personnel, and certified crop advisors. ISU Extension field and state specialists provide education on pest management, soil fertility, soil and water conservation, and crop management. The update held in Iowa City on November 22, 2005 was attended by 110 people, most of them ag professionals. Dr. Roger Elmore, ISU Extension Corn Specialist, Dr. Bob Hartzler, ISU Extension Weed Specialist, Dr. Alison Robertson, ISU Extension Plant Pathologist, Dr. Marlin Rice, ISU Extension Entomologist, Dr. Jim Fawcett, ISU Extension Crop Specialist, and Mr. Virgil Schmitt, ISU Extension Crop Specialist were on the program.

A survey filled out at the end of the day by some of those in attendance indicated that on average, their customers farmed a total of 50,000 acres (N=22). They also indicated that they felt that their customers could increase their profits by an average of $9/A from the education that they had received at the conference, indicating that the education had a potential total impact of over $9 million. Some comments made included; Excellent training opportunity, and I look forward to this presentation every year.

February 9, 2006
142 - Integrated Crop and Pest Management

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