Start to Farm Series for New and Early Career Dairy Farmers

Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 6:00am to Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 8:00am
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Family walking behind cowsAmes, IA – Start to Farm: New Farmer Learning Networks are for beginning and early-career farmers looking for an edge in managing and growing their farm business. The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dairy Team will provide an opportunity this fall and early spring to address ways to improve business practices and production techniques, tour successful farm operations, and to form a community to share new ideas and profitable farming methods.

“Our goal is to provide an open atmosphere for discussion, sharing of ideas and learning about resources for producers who are in their first 10-12 years of dairy farming”, said Jennifer Bentley, ISU Extension and Outreach dairy specialist. “It is important to help producers make sound dairy farm management decisions that are backed by current and relevant information.”


• Nov. 17 - How to Get Started
• Dec. 1 - Cost-Effective Facilities
• Dec. 8 - Feeding the Herd
• Dec. 15 - Crop Nutrient Management
• Jan. 12 – The People Side of Dairy
• Jan. 26 - Raising Calves & Heifers
• Feb. 16 – Herd Health & Records
• March 1 & 2 - Dairy Tours, TBD

Start to Farm will be offered at four locations with the same topics presented at each site. Programs will start at noon and conclude by 2 p.m.

Dubuque County ISU Extension and Outreach Office
14858 West Ridge Lane, Dubuque
RSVP:, 563-583-6496

Iowa’s Dairy Center-Robotic Meeting Room
1527 Hwy 150, Calmar
RSVP:, 563-382-2949

Iowa State University Campus
305 Kildee Hall, Ames
RSVP:, 515-294-5517

Dordt College-Campus Center Boardroom
498 4th Avenue NE, Sioux Center
RSVP:, 712-737-4230

For more information, contact your local ISU Extension and Outreach county office or ISU Extension and Outreach dairy specialists, Jennifer Bentley at 563-382-2949 or Larry Tranel at 563-583-6496.

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