Local Highlights

November 4, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa – New online options make training and fee payment easier than ever for more than 4,500 certified Iowa manure applicators.

“Applicators can still complete training in person, watch a video at a county Extension office or take a test at a DNR field office, and mail a check in to pay their certification fees, just as they always have,” said Gene Tinker, DNR animal feeding operations coordinator. “But, we’ve added the convenience of training at home or in the office.

“That gives them many options, allowing applicators to take training, pay fees or print their certificates via an online system, or use any combination of traditional and online services,” Tinker added.

November 4, 2015

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host 12 Agricultural Outlook meetings across Iowa in November and December. This program is designed to provide participants with a concise evaluation of current market conditions, expected trends in crop and livestock income potential, and management implications.

October 14, 2015

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will develop and implement programs to support beginning and retiring farmers and military veterans interested in farming with a grant received from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The funds are part of the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, which is administered by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Iowa State’s award is $698,393 for the three-year program.

October 9, 2015

CHARITON, Iowa – The Lucas County office of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will hold a three-session course designed for women cattle operators during November. According to Joe Sellers, beef specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach, the "Women Managing Cattle" series is specifically designed to help women cattle operators learn more about marketing strategies, cattle management and managing land and water resources.

September 11, 2015

Dont miss out on this FREE day of supporting local agriculture.  Visit with local farmers market vendors from 11-2 and hear presentations from Tim Laughlin about beekeeping and local honey as well as tour the Community Gardens and enjoy a meal cooked with locally bought food at The Fountain on Main in Reinbeck.  Then from 1-4 visit 3 Grundy County Farms for kids activities, farm tours, pony rides, educational presentations and more!


ATTENTION MANURE APPLICATORS: New Policy effective March 1, 2011.

We will reshow the Manure Programs on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, beginning March 1, 2012,  for those that were unable to attend a workshop.  Commercial Manure (3 hours in length) will be shown at 8:30 am and Confinement Manure (2 hours in length) will be shown at 1:30 pm.  You must call and register at least a day ahead of time.  If you need to schedule a reshow at another time you will be charged a $10 fee per person.  Please contact the Grundy County Extension Office at 319-824-6979 to pre-register.


Livestock Publication:

Livestock Enterprise Budgets

Livestock Websites:

Manure Applicator Certification Program

Ag Markets Web Site

USDA Farmer Direct Marketing Information

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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