Local Highlights

February 24, 2015

Iowa livestock producers under age 35 are coming together in groups across the state through the Beginning and Young Livestock Producer Network. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has organized these groups of young Iowans so they can ask questions of each other, listen to educational presentations, talk to more experienced producers, and connect with each other to be successful in agriculture.

February 16, 2015

 Iowa State University Extension and Outreach invites sheep producers to attend a Lambing Time Workshop at the Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center, 2516 Mortensen Road in Ames, March 7 from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Discussion leaders include Dan Morrical, sheep specialist, Joe Sellers, livestock specialist and Ben Stokes, ISU sheep teaching farm manager.

February 11, 2015

 Iowa pork producers are invited to learn more about disease preparedness and traceability, development and implementation of common industry audits, and swine health research at the 2015 Iowa Pork Regional Conferences later this month. They’ll also hear about how to prepare for an audit and get swine program updates from swine specialists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. The Iowa Pork Industry Center, Iowa Pork Producers Association, and ISU Extension and Outreach cosponsor this annual series at different sites around the state.

February 5, 2015

There has been much progress in beef cattle genetics and genetic tools recently, and livestock specialists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach have planned a series of meetings where they will share information about making genetic improvements to herds. Russ Euken, extension livestock specialist, said cow-calf producers can attend any of four meetings scheduled in north central and eastern Iowa. There’s no fee to attend, but preregistration is required to reserve a meal.

January 27, 2015

Cattle feeders, order buyers and bankers now have a tool from the Iowa Beef Center to help them make cattle buying decisions. Garland Dahlke said the newly released “Cattle Bidder” app can help users determine maximum bids on feeder cattle purchases.

2015 North Central  Iowa Youth Beef Conference is an educational program sponsored by Iowa State University Extension & Outreach for youth who want to learn more about beef production will be held Saturday, January 24, at the Ellsworth Community College Agriculture & Renewable Energy Center, south of Iowa Falls on Hwy 65 at 705 Ellsworth Ave. The program will run from 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM with registration beginning at 9:00 AM. Cost is $5.00 per participant , lunch included (Accompanying adult/s are welcome for $5 lunch fee.)  Please pre-register by January 16, at your Wright County Extension Office. For more information and for the registration form  click here.

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 to many resources to help Iowans. Get a list of them all here.

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