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Sara Place and Lacey Alexander to Speak at Driftless Region Beef Conference

6 hours 56 min ago
Sara Place.

The 2020 Driftless Region Beef Conference, Jan. 30-31, will showcase two nationally known keynote speakers who will talk about how cattle can help protect the environment and be sustainable. [node:read-more:link]

2020 Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference Will Address Iowa Beef Industry Issues

Thu, 12/05/2019 - 14:16
Patrick Wall.

Patrick Wall, extension beef specialist, said the 2020 Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference will address new, timely and even controversial topics relevant to Iowa’s beef industry. The conference will be held Jan. 25 at the Bridge View Center, Ottumwa. [node:read-more:link]

Iowa Beef Quality Assurance and BQA Transportation Sessions Scheduled for Northeast Iowa

Thu, 12/05/2019 - 11:16
Cows walking in feedlot.

Beef producers in eastern Iowa are encouraged to become Beef Quality Assurance certified, not just because it is the right thing to do, but because it also adds value to the calf crop. [node:read-more:link]

Yard and Garden: Enjoy a Holiday Poinsettia

Wed, 12/04/2019 - 10:34
poinsettia plants by zigzagmtart/stock.adobe.com.

Add brilliant color to your home decor with a live poinsettia this holiday season. Follow the recommendations of Iowa State University horticulture specialists for easy caregiving and enjoyment. [node:read-more:link]

Women Landowners Improve Knowledge at Agronomy in the Field

Wed, 12/04/2019 - 09:50
women standing by a cornfield.

Women landowners, farmers and ag retailers will have the opportunity to meet again this fall and winter to learn more about agronomy and related agricultural topics through distance-learning sessions of Agronomy in the Field. [node:read-more:link]

Franklin County 4-H Members Named Reserve National 4-H Livestock Quiz Bowl Champions

Tue, 12/03/2019 - 15:30
Jaiden Shahan of the Iowa livestock quiz bowl team.

Five Franklin County 4-H members represented Iowa at the National 4-H Livestock Quiz Bowl held during the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Kentucky, Nov. 18. They were named reserve national champions. [node:read-more:link]

Winter Cow Webinar Series Offers Convenient Viewing Options

Tue, 12/03/2019 - 10:13
cow standing in snowy pasture.

Beef cow-calf producers recognize the importance of staying informed on all aspects of their operation, and a new four-part webinar series from Iowa Beef Center will help them do that. [node:read-more:link]

Feedlot Forum 2020 Explores Cattle Marketing Challenges and Expectations

Tue, 12/03/2019 - 09:54
cows in a feedlot.

The Feedlot Forum 2020, Jan. 14, 2020, in Sioux Center is an opportunity for feedlot producers and allied agribusiness professionals to hear current beef production and marketing information. [node:read-more:link]

I-29 Moo University Winter Workshop Series Focus Is Dairy Calves

Mon, 12/02/2019 - 13:34
dairy calf.

Dairy producers are encouraged to register for the I-29 Moo University Winter Workshop series, “Prosperity of Dairy Calves,” to be held in five locations across the region beginning Jan. 6, 2020. Read more about I-29 Moo University Winter Workshop Series Focus Is Dairy Calves

New Loan Resources for Organic Transition and Expansion

Mon, 12/02/2019 - 11:43
dairy cows grazing in pasture.

A webinar about new loan resources for farmers interested in organic transition or expansion is planned for Dec. 11 at noon. Read more about New Loan Resources for Organic Transition and Expansion

Chinese Chestnuts Can Make a Valuable Addition for Iowans

Wed, 11/27/2019 - 10:57
Chinese chestnuts in tree by Zhao jiankang/stock.adobe.com.

Patrick O’Malley, commercial horticulture specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach, explains the planting and growing of Chinese chestnuts in the November-December edition of the Acreage Living Newsletter. Read more about Chinese Chestnuts Can Make a Valuable Addition for Iowans

Iowa Study Offers New Insights on Honey Bee Health in Ag Landscapes

Wed, 11/27/2019 - 08:45
honey bee on a clover blossom.

Some blame farming practices, in particular, the intensive corn and soybean production systems in the Midwest for the tough times honey bees are facing. New research by Iowa State University and University of Illinois scientists offers a more nuanced view of the role of agriculture in honey bee health than what has been previously known. Read more about Iowa Study Offers New Insights on Honey Bee Health in Ag Landscapes

Dairy Discussions Seminar for Dairy Producers Is Dec. 3

Mon, 11/25/2019 - 16:08
holsteins.

The deadline to register for the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dairy Team Annual Dairy Discussions Seminar is Nov. 27. The seminar is Tuesday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the ISU Extension and Outreach Sioux County office in Orange City. Read more about Dairy Discussions Seminar for Dairy Producers Is Dec. 3

Walleye Can Be a Valuable Addition to Aquaculture Operations

Mon, 11/25/2019 - 14:07
fish fillets on ice in grocery display case.

Aquaculture producers looking for a new opportunity may want to consider the benefits of raising walleye. Learn more in a newly released technical bulletin called “Production of Walleye as Potential Food Fish.” Read more about Walleye Can Be a Valuable Addition to Aquaculture Operations

Delaware County Dairy Quiz Bowl Team Earns Third Place at National Contest

Fri, 11/22/2019 - 15:59
Amber Engelken 4-H dairy quiz bowl.

The Delaware County 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl team recently represented Iowa, earning third place in the North American Invitational. This Delaware County team is only the sixth Iowa team to earn third place or higher in the 38 years Iowa has competed. Read more about Delaware County Dairy Quiz Bowl Team Earns Third Place at National Contest

Produce Growers Should Consider a Budget for Each Crop

Fri, 11/22/2019 - 09:54
cherry tomatoes.

Produce growers may not grow the same quantity of product as row crop producers, but tracking the numbers is just as important, if not more so. A November Ag Decision Maker article and its corresponding publication outline the importance of good record keeping and offer links to budget worksheets and decision tools. Read more about Produce Growers Should Consider a Budget for Each Crop

Great Plains Growers Conference and Trade Show to be held in January

Thu, 11/21/2019 - 15:54
Charlotte Smith.

The Great Plains Growers Conference will be held Jan. 9-11 in St. Joseph, Missouri. The conference will include information on organic, greenhouse and conventional fruit and vegetable production, cut flowers, honeybees and new this year – industrial hemp. Read more about Great Plains Growers Conference and Trade Show to be held in January

Generations of Leadership Is Focus of Women in Ag Leadership Conference

Thu, 11/21/2019 - 09:28
Amy te Plate-Church.

The Women in Ag Leadership Conference, Dec. 3, will feature inspirational speakers who have knowledge and skills that attendees can use to immediately help them lead and succeed in their farm or agribusiness career.   Read more about Generations of Leadership Is Focus of Women in Ag Leadership Conference

Crop Advantage Program Gives Producers Information for Making 2020 Decisions

Thu, 11/21/2019 - 08:27
producer kneeling in soybean field examining plant.

The meetings will give producers a solid foundation of current research-based crop production information to help make smart, informed decisions for their farming operation. Read more about Crop Advantage Program Gives Producers Information for Making 2020 Decisions

Yard and Garden: How to Select and Care for Fresh Christmas Trees

Wed, 11/20/2019 - 14:45
Man Buying Christmas Tree by pikselstock/stock.adobe.com.

The weekend after Thanksgiving is traditionally when most Christmas tree buying occurs. Whether you cut your own tree or buy a pre-cut tree there are several things to consider before buying and when selecting a fresh tree. Read more about Yard and Garden: How to Select and Care for Fresh Christmas Trees

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