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January 25, 2021

Iowa producers have until March 15, 2021 to make their annual election for Price Loss Coverage or Agriculture Risk Coverage (at the individual or county levels) under the 2018 Farm Bill. This annual decision impacts the 2021 crop year, consistent with the 2018 Farm Bill. Similar annual decisions, for the 2022 and 2023 crops, will coincide with the final two years of the bill. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will hold in-person meetings throughout Northwest Iowa in February through early-March, as well as offer virtual webinars for those who cannot attend in person.

February 23, 2021

In response to high levels of personal and financial farm stress, the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dairy Team is offering three “Farm Couple Getaways” across Iowa, with one location in Northwest Iowa. The program is for farm coupleswanting to take advantage of activities to improve farm family communication, work on farm or family goalsetting or farm transitioning, or who would just like a weekend away to discuss farm and family issues as a couple. The local getaway will be held on Friday and Saturday, April 9-10, at Lakeshore Center at Okoboji.

Stressed individual
February 12, 2021

Rural residents and those who associate with them are encouraged to partake in a webinar series called “Rural Resiliency: Caring for You and Yours,” from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. on four consecutive Tuesday evenings, March 2, 9, 16, and 23.

February 9, 2021

Given two years of inclement weather, cattle producers should start evaluating pastures and consider how to prepare them for the 2021 grazing season.

October 23, 2020

Dairy producers in the I-29 corridor and the United States have a new way of receiving information, thanks to the I-29 Moo University Dairy Consortium. Extension Dairy Specialists from each state develop the industry-specific content for the twice monthly podcast. “The [I-29 Moo U Dairy] podcast discusses current issues faced by dairy producers from economics and animal health, to forage, labor and farm programs,” said Kim Clark, Nebraska Extension Dairy Educator, and one of three regular hosts for the program.

Agriculture and Natural Resources has many resources to help Iowans. Get a list of them all here.

Statewide Resources

  • Information that protects and enhances the economic value of Iowa’s agriculture and horticulture, by educating growers and the general public about plant diseases and science.

  • The Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic provides diagnosis of plant problems (plant diseases, insect damage, and assessment of herbicide damage) and the identification of insects and weeds from the field, garden, and home.

  • Providing direct, unbiased comparisons of corn hybrids and soybean varieties, in a number of different environments.

  • Daily 4” soil temperatures for Iowa counties to assist with crop management decisions and nutrient applications.

  • Educating producers, consumers and policy makers in the research and extension activities in organic agriculture both on-farm and at Iowa State University.

  • The Iowa Soil and Land Use site provides data related to the agricultural and non-agricultural uses of Iowa land to help you determine the right use for your soil.

  • Entryway to crop production, soil and nutrient management, weed management, and ag weather information.

  • Grain handling, agricultural machine design, precision farming systems, soil tillage and management, and agricultural drainage.

  • Comprehensive information on manure management, research and application for Iowa.

  • Your source for comprehensive crop production news and information from Iowa State University specialists and agronomists.

  • Iowa Learning Farms is building a Culture of Conservation, calling attention to the importance of improved water and soil quality through conservation farming practices.

  • Knowledge and information that improves the efficiency of traditional commodity grain markets and assists emerging markets for user-specific grains.

  • Agricultural economics and business resources to help make sound management decisions for your business or farming operation.

  • Find resources on soil nutrients, nutrient management, soil sampling and testing, interpretations and recommendations.

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