Farm Management

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December 4, 2014

All fields are not created equal, or at least that’s what Gene Schriefer, University of Wisconsin Extension Ag Agent for Iowa County, says.  Schriefer says that every acre of soil within a field is not created equal but yield maps are a useful tool for determining the best use for specific fields.  He will be discussing how to use yield maps for crop planning at a breakout session at the Driftless Region Beef Conference in Dubuque, IA, on January 22 & 23, 2015.

December 2, 2014

Iowa dairy producers have the opportunity to learn about emerging dairy industry issues at the 2015 ISU Extension Dairy Days hosted by Iowa State University Extension specialists. The program will be held on February 4th at Neumann's in Holy Cross in Dubuque County.

November 24, 2014

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will offer the Crop Advantage Series to producers at 13 locations across Iowa during January. Crop Advantage Series provides the latest information to promote profitable decision-making for upcoming growing seasons. Sessions will be held in Waterloo on Jan 22nd and Iowa City on Jan 28th. Read the full story for more details and a full list of locations.

November 24, 2014

At the Driftless Beef Conference in Dubuque on January 23, 2015, nationally-known beef expert Jude Capper from Washington State University will address the sustainability of the beef industry and analyze beef's environmental footprint. Read this story for more information about Capper's presentation and details about the conference.

November 24, 2014

Travis Meteer and colleagues at the Orr Research Center near Baylis, Illinois, looked into the effect of lush, spring pastures on pregnancy rates. The wet, high protein grass may cause nutritional challenges to high producing beef cows leading to lower conception rates. Their research showed a benefit from supplemental feed on AI conception rates. With the high cost of bred cows and feeder calves, some additional feed to improve conception rates may increase profitability.  As part of the 2015 Driftless Beef Conference in Dubuque, Meteer will present a breakout session on this research that includes the effects of supplementation on spring pastures.

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

  • Coordinating education programs and service for beginning farmer efforts statewide and assessing the needs of beginning and retiring farmers. Providing support in financial management and planning, legal issues, tax laws, and many more services.

  • In-depth self-study courses and resource centers that provide management education to agricultural producers, educators and service providers.

  • Providing timely, critically objective information to producers, professionals and agribusinesses concerning the application of important developments in agricultural law and taxation and a primary source of professional educational training in agricultural law and taxation.

  • The only statewide survey that collects information on land values in each of Iowa’s 99 counties. Current and historical data available.

  • 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.

  • One-on-one financial counseling, computerized analysis of the farm business, and referral to other extension programs or outside services that may be useful in farm financial planning.

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

  • Helping to make agriculture more energy efficient. Tips and pointers on equipment maintenance and operation, farmstead electric use, and fuel efficiency.

  • An educational program dedicated to strengthening women's roles in the modern farm enterprise.

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

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

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