Livestock

Local Highlights

January 5, 2017

Cow-calf producers who want to learn more about improving returns from their enterprise are invited to attend any in a series of strategy-focused workshops in early 2017 hosted by the Iowa Beef Center and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.  One session will be held at the Webster County Extension office in Fort Dodge on Feb. 1 from 1:00-3:30 pm. with the Webster County Cattlemen providing snacks. The session will include information about feeding, including grazing harvest residue, cover crops and alternative feeds.

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 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

  • 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.

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

  • Enhancing Dairy Profits and Quality of Life

  • 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.

  • 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.

  •  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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