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Local Highlights

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

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.

January 15, 2014

Our Dairy Specialist can help farmers create a team of key players (nutritionists, veterinarians, reproduction specialists, etc.) to analyze herds and create improved (and more profitable) dairy operations.  Contact Larry Tranel for more details:  tranel@iastate.edu

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Statewide Resources

  •  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.

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

  • 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.

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

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

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

  • 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.

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

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

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

  • Specialists have compiled a list of resources to help you prepare for and recover from natural disasters. Remember to take care of yourself and your family first; then deal with the things lost to the disaster.

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