Local Highlights

October 19, 2016

As harvest comes to a close, producers, ag lenders and suppliers are planning ahead for next year.  Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offers valuable and updated information key to best-outcome 2017 operating decisions.  The three-hour forum topics will include:  grain price outlook and global factors to watch; livestock prices and margins; and farmland operation margins, outlook and trends.  On Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 8:30am at the Spencer School Administration Building.  Call 712-262-2264 to pre-register, cost is $20/person, or $25/person at the door.

September 27, 2016

The purpose of the Scramble Calf project is to provide an educational beef production experience for beef project members and to also provide a mentoring opportunity.

July 25, 2016

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Iowa Farm Bureau and the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association want to help you prepare for the new VFD requirements.  Livestock producers, veterinarians and feed industry representatives are invited to attend any of the upcoming meetings:  Emmetsburg-Aug. 22, Orange City-Aug. 23, and Storm Lake-Aug. 23.  Meetings are free of charge, please see flyer for RSVP.

July 7, 2016

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, and the Clay County Farm Service Agency will hold an informational meeting on July 22 in Spencer.  The meeting will be held from 10:00 to 11:00 AM at the Clay County Extension office in Spencer.  The address is 110 West Fourth Street in Spencer, Iowa.

January 19, 2016

Profitability of high-priced replacement females will come only as a result of many years of productivity in the herd.  Plan to attend a Feb. 2 clinic in Cherokee, Iowa to learn more ways to keep her working for you.  This clinic will focus on current genetic and phenotypic tools that can be utilized to improve cow longevity and enhance lifetime productivity.

Statewide Resources

  • Works to promote efficient pork production technologies in Iowa, maintain Iowa's pork industry leadership and strengthen rural development efforts.

  • Your link to Master Equine Manager, Grazing News, and information on educational opportunities throughout the year.

  • Bringing the benefits of veterinary medicine to society by promoting animal welfare and public health through the on-going education of veterinarians and the dissemination of animal health production, food safety and animal welfare information to veterinarians, livestock producers, consumers, and related clientele.

  • Research-based, peer-reviewed, practical, and affordable publications on a number of topics relative to agriculture.

  • Agricultural economics and business resources to help make sound management decisions for your business or farming operation.

  • Enhancing Dairy Profits and Quality of Life

  • Working to develop and deliver the latest in research-based information to improve the profitability and vitality of Iowa’s beef industry.

  • To add value to the egg industry by facilitating research and learning for egg producers, processors and consumers through national and international collaboration.

  • Comprehensive information on manure management, research and application for Iowa.

  •  Information on livestock housing systems, general construction and ventilation and animal environment.

  • The Agricultural Marketing Resource Center is an electronic, national resource for producers interested in value-added agriculture. Browse commodities and products, investigate market and industry trends, study business creation and operation, read research results and locate value-added resources.

  • The Value Added Agriculture Program (VAAP) provides unbiased, science-based information to help establish or expand agricultural-related businesses in Iowa.

Agriculture and Natural Resources has many resources to help Iowans. Get a list of them all here.

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