In response to high levels of both personal and financial farm stress, ISU Extension and Outreach is making available two “Farm Couple Getaways” aimed at farmers wanting to take advantage of activities to improve farm family communication, work on farm or family goal-setting, farm transition or just would like a weekend away to discuss farm and farm family issues. The first “getaway” will be held Friday and Saturday, February 15-16 at Hotel Winneshiek in Decorah. The second “getaway” will be held March 22-23 at the Best Western Plus Hotel in Dubuque. The “getaways” run from 12:30 pm on Friday to 3 pm on Saturday. There is no cost to attend the program as food, lodging and other expenses are being paid for by grants and sponsorships. However, there is a $50 per couple deposit to hold each reservation, refundable on the second day of the getaway.
Past “Farm Couple Getaways” have proven to be beneficial to farm couples. They are a very productive and delightful time to discuss items of importance to help farms and families be successful”, says Larry Tranel, ISU Extension Dairy Field Specialist.” Each “getaway” will consist of eight farm couples and our Extension facilitators. Registration will be on a first come, first serve basis with registrations due two weeks prior to each session. Registration brochures for the Decorah site can be obtained from Jenn Bentley firstname.lastname@example.org or at the Winneshiek County ISU Extension Office at 563-382-2949. Registration brochures for the Dubuque site, or questions regarding the getaway experience, can be directed to Larry Tranel email@example.com at the Dubuque County ISU Extension Office at 563-583-6496.
The “Farm Couple Getaways” Gold sponsors are Iowa Farm Bureau, Dubuque County Farm Bureau, and Professional Dairy Producers Foundation. Silver sponsors are American Trust, Decorah Bank &Trust, and Farmers and Merchants Savings Bank. Bronze sponsors are Iowa State Dairy Association, State Bank—Calmar & Ossian, Cresco Union Savings Bank, Viking State Bank, Clinton National Bank, and Dairy Farmers of America. Read more about 2019 Iowa Farm Couple Getaways