August 2018

Dairy farm stress webinar series now archived

Farming is often listed as one of the most stressful occupations in the United States. This is particularly true for dairy farmers as they experience an extended period of low milk prices.

To help dairy farmers deal with stress, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach hosted a series of three webinars that discussed how to recognize the signs of stress, how to deal with dairy farm families experiencing stress, analyzing a dairy for profits, the profitability of various dairy systems and what FINBIN says about production costs. The webinars have been archived and remain available to be viewed through the Four-State Dairy Nutrition & Management Conference website.

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The topics discussed in the webinars included:

  • Recognizing and managing stress in dairy farmers
  • Do you know your cost of production and where the dairy industry is headed?
  • Making production decisions during challenging times

The webinars were presented and sponsored by extension specialists from ISU Extension and Outreach, University of Illinois, University of Wisconsin, and University of Minnesota.

For more information contact ISU Extension and Outreach dairy specialists Larry Tranel at or 563-583-6496, Jenn Bentley at or 563-382-2949 or Fred Hall at or 712-737-4230,

Iowa Concern is a source of help for Iowans in need, the hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 1-800-447-1985, or visit the website to email an expert or live help via online chat.


Jenn Bentley, extension dairy specialist, 563-382-2949,
Fred Hall, dairy specialist, 712-737-4230,
Larry Tranel, dairy specialist, 563-583-6496,


Jenn Bentley

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Fred Hall

dairy specialist
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Larry Tranel

dairy specialist
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