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Start to Farm
January 17, 2017

Start to Farm: New Farmer Learning Networks are for beginning and early-career farmers looking for an edge in managing and growing their farm business.  The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dairy Team will continue their dairy beginning farmer series to improve business practices and production techniques, tour successful farm operations, and to form a community to share new ideas and profitable farming methods.

January 13, 2017

The 2017 Beginning Farmer Retreat is intended for beginning farmers who are motivated to improve their financial and business knowledge for their existing or future farm. The weekend will feature plenty of social time, small group discussions, group activities led by an expert and individual work time.

January 13, 2017

Please plan to attend the Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association annual conference, January 26-27 in Ankeny, IA.

January 10, 2017

With continued low commodity prices, many farmers are looking to trim costs.  For fertilizer, don’t simply trim overall costs but rather selectively maximize economic returns to fertilizer expense.  ISU Extension is conducting small-group workshops for those wanting to understand soil tests and fertilizer recommendations. 

January 10, 2017

This series will discuss how to protect your retirement and other financial information for family caregivers.  Being a family caregiver comes with many responsibilities.  The caregiver must make financial decisions for themselves and the care receiver.  The decisions have to be in the best interest of the person in need and work for the rest of the family. 

January 10, 2017

Queens must be a Junior or Senior in High School as of February 25, 2017.

January 10, 2017

Little Miss Cowgirls must be between the ages of 9-11 as of February 25, 2017.  They will represent Winneshiek County Cattlemen in a number of scheduled events.

January 10, 2017

The Winneshiek County Cattlemen Association will award a scholarship to high school seniors graduating in 2017 and to an upcoming college sophomore enrolled an Ag related major.  See how you can apply!

January 10, 2017

Youth in grades 4-7th had the opportunity to think like an engineer for the day at Drone Discovery Day recently held at the Decorah Public Library.

January 10, 2017

Share your knowledge of the poultry industry with others by applying for the Iowa Poultry Queen.

January 6, 2017

After a successful inaugural conference in 2016, the second annual Soil Health Conference will be held in Ames, Iowa, on Feb.16-17. This year’s event will consist of two full days of presentations on a wide variety of topics concerning soil health with invited guest speakers from around the country.

January 4, 2017

Being physically fit, eating nutritious foods and getting enough rest are important, but not enough to make people truly satisfied with life. Purpose is the number one factor in living a fulfilled life, says Cindy Thompson, human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

January 4, 2017

Awards recognize 4-H staff with ISU Extension and Outreach

January 4, 2017

Crops like conventional corn and soybeans are considered commodity crops; you grow them in large volumes and the profit margin you make per acre is relatively small. In fact, the past three years a lot of growers are not making any profit at all. Over the years, a conventional corn and soybean producer has probably received a net profit of about $20 per acre.

December 22, 2016

The Advanced Feeding Cattle project is a great way for youth to gain more knowledge of the beef industry.

December 15, 2016

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.

December 14, 2016

New Member Night was a mystery event filled with lots of fun!

December 14, 2016

4-H Grows Scientists in the Kitchen

December 14, 2016

Average Iowa farmland value has shown a decline for the third year in a row — the first time this has happened since the 1980s farm crisis — and is now estimated to be $7,183 per acre. The statewide per acre value declined $449, or 5.9 percent, since November 2015. Land values were determined by the 2016 Iowa State University Land Value Survey.

December 12, 2016

In December Iowans may be counting their holiday shopping days and wondering how far their money will stretch. They may be trying to refinance a business or agricultural loan, plan for taxes or figure out how to make the tuition payment that’s due after the first of the year.

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