Upcoming Events

Dairy Directions Seminars

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 9:00am to Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - 2:00pm
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ORANGE CITY, Iowa – The Dairy Directions Seminars are scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 11 in Sac County and Wednesday, Dec. 12 in Pocahontas County. Both programs will be held at the local Iowa State University Extension and Outreach county office.

Registration starts at 9:00 a.m. and the program begins promptly at 9:30 a.m. A free lunch is included, and the program will adjourn at 1:45 p.m.

“Dairymen in these areas will have the opportunity to have the most current research-based dairy information presented at their local extension office,” said Fred M. Hall, Northwest Iowa Extension Dairy Field Specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach.

While dairymen in these areas often must travel a long way for dairy programs, this program has been tailored to issues for these areas. 

The first topic on the agenda will be the Dairy Revenue Protection program and other risk management tools, presented by Robert Tigner, agricultural economist from UNL.

“Using risk management tools like the new DRP is one way that producers can protect margins, but few have time to learn all the details of the program, I will cover DRP plus LGM and other risk management tools,” says Robert Tigner.

With the current climate around labor and immigration, there is no hotter topic in the dairy industry. Homeland Security Special Investigator Brett Stanley will share his insights and walk producers through what they need to do to protect their business in case of an audit.

The old saying that “you can’t manage what you don’t measure” has never been truer in the current era of low milk prices and tight cash flows. ISU Extension and Outreach Farm Financial Associate Mark Olsen will help producers understand how accrual accounting differs from the cash system and how it will help manage the enterprise more effectively.

Finally, Dairy Specialist Fred M. Hall will give his dairy market outlook.

While there is no registration fee, a call to the local ISU Extension and Outreach office will reserve your seat and guarantee your free lunch. In Sac and surrounding counties, the number is 712-662-7131; in Pocahontas and surrounding counties, call 712-335-3103. Dairymen can also contact Hall at 712-737-4230 for more information or with any dairy question.

Local ISU Extension and Outreach offices will host the program and provide the noon lunch, and Alltech has provided additional sponsorship. Read more about Dairy Directions Seminars


Improving Conversations with Your Lender

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
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For more information contact:

Iowa- Fred M. Hall, ph: 712.737.4230, email: fredhall@iastate.edu

Minnesota- Jim Salfer, ph: 320.203.6093, email: salfe001@umn.edu

Nebraska- Kim Clark, ph: 402.472.6065, email: kimclark@unl.edu

South Dakota- Tracey Erickson, ph: 605.882.5140, email tracey.erickson@sdstate.edu

Time To Visit Your Lender?

Things You Should Prepare For Before Walking Into That Meeting

The I-29 Moo University is hosting a webinar on Thursday, December 20 that will focus on preparing the information that lenders will ask for. The “Improving Conversations With Your Lender” webinar will outline and explain the banking benchmarks and financial documents that lenders need to evaluate loans. The webinar is scheduled for 60 minutes beginning at 11 a.m. and will include time for questions at the end of the webinar.

In addition, the program will focus on improving enterprise expense breakdowns and identify follow-up information that is available.

South Dakota State University Extension Livestock Business Management Field Specialist Heather Gessner will present the information. She grew up on a diversified operation raising cattle and hogs, as well as corn, soybeans, oats and alfalfa. Since joining SDSU Extension in 2001, she has earned a national reputation providing farmers and ranchers with enterprise analysis, budget spreadsheets, marketing education, as well as estate and transition planning, education and assistance.

There is no fee, but an on-line registration is required at:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information to join the meeting.

The I-29 Moo University is a consortium of Extension Dairy Specialists from Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. Now in its thirteenth year, the consortium provides resources and education to enhance a sustainable dairy community along the I-29 corridor by focusing on: best management practices, utilization of research-based expertise and resources, and ag-vocating the benefits of a vibrant dairy community. For more information about this webinar or other I-29 Moo University programs contact your state Extension Dairy Specialist. In South Dakota, contact Tracey Erickson, SDSU Extension Dairy Field Specialist at 605.882.5140 or email Tracey.Erickson@sdstate.edu for more information.


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I-29 Moo University Winter Workshop Series 2019

Monday, January 14, 2019 - 9:30am to Friday, January 18, 2019 - 2:30pm
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Register Today for I-29 Moo University Winter Workshop Series
SDSU Extension encourages dairy producers to register today for the I-29 Moo University Winter Workshop series, Barn Benchmarks, to be held in five locations throughout the region beginning January 14, 2019.

“This workshop series will highlight a number of experts who will focus on topics that will help dairy producers achieve success in 2019,” explained Tracey Erickson, SDSU Extension Dairy Field Specialist who is the program co-chair, along with Kim Clark, UNL Extension Dairy Educator.

The workshops will be held in partnership with the Minnesota Milk’s Dairy Management Workshops and the Minnesota Midwest Dairy District 3, 4,& 18 meetings and the South Dakota District 1 & 2 Annual Meetings and the S.D. Dairy Producers’ Annual Meetings.

The five meeting locations are as follows:
Perham, Minn.: January 14, 2019 located at The Cactus (43521 Fort Thunder Road); held in partnership with Minnesota Milk’s Dairy Management Workshops and Midwest Dairy’s District 3 & 4 meetings.
Brookings, S.D.: January 15, 2019 located at the Swiftel Center (824 32nd Ave.); held in partnership with the South Dakota Dairy Producers and South Dakota’s District 1 & 2 annual meetings.
Pipestone, Minn.: January 16, 2019 located at Pipestone Veterinary Services (1300 U.S. 75); in partnership with Minnesota Milk’s Dairy Management Workshops and Midwest Dairy’s District 18 meeting. It will be held in facilities sponsored by Pipestone Veterinary Services.
Orange City, Iowa: January 17, 2019 held at Sioux County Extension Office (400 Central Ave. NW).
Wayne, Neb.: January 18, 2019 held at Wayne State College, Student Center Niobrara Room (E 14th Street).

Can’t make one of the workshop in-person? Join us on Friday, January 18th via Zoom. Use the Zoom link to join the workshop. https://tinyurl.com/I-29WinterWorkshop

Registration details
Registration fees are waved due to generous sponsorships, however pre-registration is requested by January 10 to allow for meal counts and materials. To register, visit https://I-29winterworkshop.eventbrite.com or request a registration form from Erickson at Tracey.Erickson@sdstate.edu.
Workshop speakers

Kevin Janni is a professor and Extension engineer in the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering at the University of Minnesota. He joined the department faculty in 1980. He works closely with both the Dairy and Poultry Extension teams. He has written extensively on ventilation, air quality, heat stress, odors, biofilters and biosecurity associated with animal agriculture. He teaches an air quality and pollution control engineering course.

Kim Clark is a Dairy Extension Educator at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She joined Extension in 2015 and began the dairy extension program in Nebraska. Kim works closely with dairy producers across Nebraska. Her focus is on calf health and nutrition and animal welfare. Kim is a Dairy FARM evaluator and PAACO Dairy Stewardship certified.

Jim Salfer is a Regional Extension Educator with University of Minnesota Extension. Salfer has served in his present position for 22 years. He has been involved on farm research projects studying robotic milking systems and automatic calf feeders. The focus of his education program has been to help farmers and other industry professionals understand the major factors driving dairy farm profitability.

The workshop agenda below will be the same at all locations.
9:30 a.m. - Registration & Refreshments, visit sponsors
10 a.m. - Ventilation Benchmarks for Lactating Cows, led by Kevin Janni, University of Minnesota
10:30 a.m. – Ventilation Impacts on the cows & employees roundtable discussion, led by I-29 Moo University faculty
11 a.m. - Bedding & Stall Benchmarks, led by Kim Clark, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
11:30 a.m. – Bedding & Stall Benchmarks Impacts on the cows & employees roundtable discussion, led by I-29 Moo University faculty
Noon – Lunch provided by event sponsors | Midwest Dairy & Dairy Association updates select locations
1:15 p.m. – Barn & Pen Design Benchmarks, led by Jim Salfer, University of Minnesota
1:45 p.m. – Barn & Pen Design Impacts on the cows & employees roundtable discussion led by I-29 Moo University faculty
2:15 p.m. – Hot Wash & Wrap-up
2:30 p.m. – SDDP Annual meeting (Brookings, SD only)

Event sponsors
Event sponsors include: Gold Level: Agropur, NovaMeal, Sealpro, Automated Dairy Specialists, LLC; Silver Level: Phibro, Arm & Hammer, Central Plains Dairy Foundation, Cottonseed, LLC, Elanco, SoyBest, Agri-King, MultiMin; Bronze Level: Stray Voltage Consulting, Western Iowa Dairy Alliance, POET Nutrition, American Agco Trading Company, Automated Waste Systems, Nebraska State Dairy Association, Alforex Seeds, AminoPlus Ag Processing, Inc., Kroese & Kroese, CPA, Trans-Ova Genetics, South Dakota Dairy Producers, Iowa State Dairy Association, Minnesota Milk, Gorter’s Clay & Dairy Equipment of Minnesota, Inc., Phileo Lesafre Animal Care, Quality Liquid Feeds, Franken Custom Cutting, DCC Waterbeds, ISO., Zinpro Performance Minerals, ProAg Engineering, Inc., & Calf Star -Calf Feeding Solutions.
To learn more, contact co-chairs Tracey Erickson at 602-882-5140 or Tracey.Erickson@sdstate.edu or Kim Clark, Nebraska Dairy Extension Educator at 402-472-6065 or kimclark@unl.edu .
SDSU Extension Contact:
Tracey Erickson, SDSU Extension Dairy Field Specialist


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