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Local Highlights

November 29, 2016

"Successfully transferring a farm business, or any business for that matter, begins with conversations about goals - the goals of all parties involved," said David Baker, Beginning Farmer Center Farm Transition Specialist.  Many families struggle with making succession plans.  This program is designed to help farm families navigate the often difficult conversations that surround succession planning.  It provides a neutral environment to assist with communication abut goals and dreams for the future and helps families put a plan in place that will allow their farm business to span generations.

October 31, 2016

This all day program to be held on Thursday, Dec. 15 at the Webster County Extension and Outreach Office in Fort Dodge.  It will provide information essential for designing and planning water quality practices of bioreactors, control structures, drainage water management, saturated buffers and wetlands.  The day will focus on the design and layout of new practices currently being considered for water quality improvements of farmland drainage.

October 18, 2016

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, in cooperation with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS), provides training and certification programs for commercial and private pesticide applicators in Iowa.  A private applicator is a person who applies any restricted-use pesticide for the production of an agricultural commodity on property owned or rented by the applicator or the applicator’s employer, or on the property of other agricultural producers with whom the applicator trades services. 

August 23, 2016

If you happened to miss out on the leasing meetings or are from out state, you can now have the ability to watch online.

Statewide Resources

  • Entryway to crop production, soil and nutrient management, weed management, and ag weather information.

  • Providing direct, unbiased comparisons of corn hybrids and soybean varieties, in a number of different environments.

  • Your source for comprehensive crop production news and information from Iowa State University specialists and agronomists.

  • Daily 4” soil temperatures for Iowa counties to assist with crop management decisions and nutrient applications.

  • Educating producers, consumers and policy makers in the research and extension activities in organic agriculture both on-farm and at Iowa State University.

  • Knowledge and information that improves the efficiency of traditional commodity grain markets and assists emerging markets for user-specific grains.

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

  • Find resources on soil nutrients, nutrient management, soil sampling and testing, interpretations and recommendations.

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

  • Information that protects and enhances the economic value of Iowa’s agriculture and horticulture, by educating growers and the general public about plant diseases and science.

  • Information on Pesticide Applicator Training, Integrated Pest Management, and related environmental programs.

  • The Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic provides diagnosis of plant problems (plant diseases, insect damage, and assessment of herbicide damage) and the identification of insects and weeds from the field, garden, and home.

  • The Iowa Soil and Land Use site provides data related to the agricultural and non-agricultural uses of Iowa land to help you determine the right use for your soil.

  • Insecticide evaluation reports and information on specific pests of economic significance to Iowa crop production.

  • Grain handling, agricultural machine design, precision farming systems, soil tillage and management, and agricultural drainage.

  • Iowa Learning Farms is building a Culture of Conservation, calling attention to the importance of improved water and soil quality through conservation farming practices.

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

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