Local Highlights

January 19, 2015

ISU Extension and Outreach, Prairie State Select Sires and Agrarian Marketing Corporation offer clinics

The columns of information in semen and bull sale catalogs seem to get larger and more complex every season. Genetics and genomics can certainly add to confusion and overwhelm a producer considering A.I. or a buyer on sale day. A cooperative effort between Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Prairie State Select Sires and Agrarian Marketing Corporation will address this confusion at seven clinics scheduled across the predominant cow-calf sector of Iowa in February.

January 12, 2015

Cattle operators know that health status of cattle dramatically impacts profit/loss margins, and the sustainability for the enterprise. With the price of calves now at record highs, keeping cattle healthy may be the difference between hedging a profit and absorbing a large financial loss. Both cattle health and profits in the beef industry will be addressed at the Driftless Region Beef Conference in Dubuque Jan. 22-23.

January 12, 2015

The popular Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference has provided timely, accurate and important information to Iowa’s beef cattle industry for more than 40 years. Now, that information is provided at no charge, according to Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef program specialist Patrick Wall.

January 12, 2015

 Registrations for two successful distance education programs for specific segments of the pork industry are now open at Iowa State University.

December 29, 2014

With the cow herd at the smallest level since 1962, recent moderation in grain prices, and optimism for growth in domestic and export demand, the stage is set for expansion of the national beef cow herd.

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.

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