Local Highlights

June 17, 2021

ORANGE CITY, Iowa - Beef producers and agri-business professionals wanting to obtain or renew their Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certification have four opportunities to do so in June. The BQA trainings are the cooperative effort of the Iowa Beef Center, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, the Iowa Beef Industry Council, and the Clay, Lyon, Sac and Emmet County Cattlemen’s Associations. 

June 14, 2021

Local youth in grades K-12 are invited to attend an education livestock workshop on July 7 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Livestock Pavilion located on the Clay County Fairgrounds in Spencer. Participation in the workshop, as well as the complimentary supper, are completely free, but preregistration is required by July 1. Preregister online at

June 14, 2021

Three Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) trainings will be offered to beef producers and agri-business professionals needing to obtain or renew their BQA certification.  All of the early July trainings will be 10 a.m. to noon, followed by a light lunch at the following locations: July 6 – Crossroads Pavilion Event Center – 301 34th Ave., Sheldon; July 7 – Parkview Event Center – 1303 10th St., Rock Valley; and July 9 – Marcus Community Center – 319 N. Main St., Marcus.

April 28, 2021

Timing first crop alfalfa harvest by calendar date does not usually work well. Spring climates vary from year to year, and fields managed differently also affect spring regrowth. Different varieties, age of stand, fertility, last season’s cutting schedules, fall harvest or not, all influence the rate of regrowth in spring.

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.

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.

  • 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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