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Local Highlights

March 21, 2017

Agriculture is more than a way of life in Iowa. 85 percent of the state’s land is used for agriculture, with its products accounting for approximately 25 percent of Iowa’s economy.

Silage production
March 9, 2017

Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University is working on a project to characterize how Iowa producers produce and use silage and earlage for cattle feed. 

Women in Agriculture 2017 Conference Logo
March 7, 2017

The date has been set for the first Women in Agriculture Conference to be held at the Washington County Fairgrounds on March 25, 2017.  The event is being hosted by Washington County Extension and Outreach along with the Washington Women in Agriculture Advisory Board. The conference is geared towards giving women of all ages the tools to cultivate, plant, and grow in their chosen agricultural field. 

Lee Ann Shaffer-Smith
February 20, 2017

Iowa State University Extension Lee County welcomes Lee Ann Shaffer-Smith as Program Coordinator.

Cooperative
February 15, 2017

The oldest active cooperative elevator in the United States sits in Marcus, a small town with just over 1,000 residents in northwest Iowa. Formed in 1887, the cooperative’s goal was to provide farmers a place to competively sell their grain.

Statewide Resources

  • 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.

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

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

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

  • 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.

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

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