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September 16, 2020

This fall and winter, cattle producers in NW Iowa will be dealing primarily with drought-stressed feedstuffs, which present their own set of challenges.

Water– streams are running very slow, if at all, and ponds are stagnant.  Both are ideal conditions for the development of blue-green algae.  This algae produces toxins affecting the nervous system and liver and can be deadly if consumed. Clean water is a MUST for cattle.  A word of caution – make sure the tank used to haul water does not have pesticide residue in it.   

August 26, 2020

AMES, Iowa – Farming can be stressful in the best of times. Financial worries, unpredictable weather, unpredictable commodity prices, plant pests, livestock diseases and isolation all contribute to farmers’ anxiety. And now Iowa’s rural communities and families are coping with the unpredictability and imposed isolation produced by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the destruction from the derecho that swept through Iowa.

August 17, 2020

Iowa’s rural communities and families are still coping with the uncertainty, stress and imposed isolation produced by the COVID-19 pandemic. Financial worries and unpredictable commodity prices also continue to contribute to anxiety in the agriculture industry. In response to this ongoing impact, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is offering weekly, online “Question. Persuade. Refer.” (QPR) programs, said David Brown, behavioral health specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach.

July 31, 2020

The farming community is used to the stress that comes from the unpredictable and uncontrollable challenges that jeopardize their production and livelihood.  Agricultural resilience is about equipping farmers with strategies and information that will enable them to absorb and recover from these stresses. Resilience is the ability to bounce back when things do not go as planned. COVID Recovery Iowa, in collaboration with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will be hosting COVID Ag Updates: Focus on Resilience; a 60-minute weekly update with agricultural specialists, to be held Mondays from 7:30-8:30 p.m. 

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

  • 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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