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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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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. Read more about Start to Farm Series for New and Early Career Dairy Farmers

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I-29 Moo University: Dairy Beef Short Course

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 10:30am to 3:00pm
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I-29 moo University Collaboration will host the 3rd Annual Dairy Beef Short Course on March 28th, 2017 at the Denny Sanford Premier Center, Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  This course is a pre-conference educational seminar held in conjunction with the Central Plains Dairy Expo.

Registration will begin at 10:00 am, with the course beginning at 10:30 am and ending at 3:00 pm.  Topics will include: Vaccination and Implant Protocols, Managing Liver Abscesses in the VFD Age, Marketing Dairy Beef in 2017, Financial Management and Working with Lenders. Read more about I-29 Moo University: Dairy Beef Short Course

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Navigating through Low Dairy Profit Margins

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
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The dairy industry is currently experiencing low dairy profit margins.  Join Citizens Savings Bank for a two-hour program addressing the dairy economy, dairy management, feed costs and returns, labor costs, issues, and efficiencies. 

The program will begin at 1:00 P.M on June 14th at the NICC Calmar Campus, Wilder Business Center Auditorium.  Featured speakers include Jenn Bentley, ISUEO Dairy Field Specialist and Gary Sipiorski, Dairy Development Manager, Vita Plus and Past President/Loan Officer with Citizens State Bank. 

Informational meeting coordinated by Citizens Savings Bank. 

For more information, click on Dairy Meeting_June 2017.pdf

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Financial Education for Dairy Producers offered Aug. 16 in Orange City

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 9:30am to 11:45am
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Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach will host “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Dairy Edition,” a class geared towards helping dairy producers improve their financial knowledge and bottom line. The class will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 16, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at the ISU Extension and Outreach – Sioux County office in Orange City.

ISU Dairy Specialist Larry Tranel will present enterprise analysis and information on the Millionaire Model Farm, milking system upgrades including robots, and information on organic and grazing dairies.

Northwest Iowa Extension Dairy Specialist Fred Hall will also share updated information relevant to the drought. He and Tranel will both be available to answer questions.

Hall said that the remainder of the meeting will be somewhat informal and will be driven by the interests and needs of those dairy producers in attendance.

“Dairymen and women who attend will receive information on a variety of financial topics useful for all dairies,” Hall said. “There is no fee to attend, but interested individuals must pre-register by Aug. 14.”

To pre-register for the meeting, contact the ISU Extension and Outreach – Sioux County office at 712-737-4230 or email Hall at fredhall@iastate.edu. Read more about Financial Education for Dairy Producers offered Aug. 16 in Orange City

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Tri-State Ag Lender's Seminar

Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
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The 31st Annual Tri-State Agriculture Lender’s Seminar will be held on Thursday,
October 26th at the Best Western Plus Hotel in Dubuque, Iowa from 10:00 am – 3:00
pm. This year’s focus is on market outlooks for livestock, grains and dairy along with
the issues of dairy finances, land prices and farm economy issues.
“Price risk management continues to be the major variable for profitability in many
commodity enterprises. Understanding the market and risk is a necessary part of farm
management assistance for agricultural lenders as well”, says Larry Tranel, ISU
Extension Dairy Field Specialist.” This seminar has proven itself in assisting lenders and
farm financial advisors in helping farmers manage that risk.”
The cost of the program is $100 per person by October 17th. To register, contact Larry
Tranel at ISU Extension in Dubuque County at 563-583-6496 or e-mail
tranel@iastate.edu for registration information. Read more about Tri-State Ag Lender's Seminar

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Siouxland Dairy Lender's Seminar

Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
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siouxland ag lender seminarAll agricultural lenders will receive useful information during the Siouxland Dairy Lender’s Seminar on Thursday, November 2 at the Forrester Community Center in Rock Rapids, Iowa. Lenders who serve agricultural clients and especially lenders who work with dairymen in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota are encouraged to attend. This year’s focus is on market outlooks for livestock, grains and dairy, long-term weather influences for agriculture plus dairy finances and ag policy. The program begins with registration at 9 am, with programs running from 9:30 am to 4 pm.

“ Ag lenders know that price risk management continues to be a major variable for profitability in many ag enterprises and understanding the current market trends and risks is a necessary part of farm management assistance”, says NW Iowa Extension Dairy Field Specialist Fred M. Hall. “Lenders working with dairymen have the additional necessity of understanding a complex system of milk marketing, labor inputs and federal policy implications,” continued Hall.

Modeled after the long-running Tri-State Lenders program in Dubuque that has developed a proven record of assisting lenders and farm financial advisors in helping farmers manage risk; Hall notes, “Siouxland lenders will have now have a local source for current information as they begin their annual reviews with clients.”

The list of nationally recognized presenters include; David Oppedahl, Senior Business Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago presenting “A Fed’s Look at Dairy Economics”; Larry Tranel, ISU Extension Dairy Specialist presenting “Millionaire Model Dairy Farms”; Chad Hart, ISU Extension Economist presenting “Commodity Market Review and Outlook”; Harry Hillaker, Iowa Climatologist presenting “Agricultural Weather Outlook”; and Robert Tigner, UNL Extension Educator presenting “Dairy Market Review and Outlook”.

The cost of the program is $80 for the first person from an institution and $50 for each additional person that have made the registration by October 27. After that date, including at the door all registrations will be $100 and will not include the lunch. To register, contact the Sioux County Extension office at 712.737.4230 or email Fred M. Hall at fredhall@iastate.edu for registration information.

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Midwest Dairy Day

Friday, December 1, 2017 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
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CALMAR, Iowa – Register today for the Midwest Dairy Day, “Maximizing Production with Improved Reproduction” held on December 1, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Iowa’s Dairy Center located at 1527 Highway 150 S, Calmar, IA 52132.  This program will provide you with more in-depth information on improving milk production through a variety of practical reproductive programs and metabolic management. 

This event is a collaborative effort between Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Northeast Iowa Dairy Foundation, and Northeast Iowa Community College.  Dairy producers, students, and industry members are encouraged to attend.

Dr. Paul Fricke, Professor of Dairy Science at University of Wisconsin - Madison will begin the day with the latest research focusing on developing and improving methods for reproductive management. The goal of Dr. Fricke’s extension program is to maximize reproductive efficiency of high producing dairy herds by applying knowledge gained through basic scientific research to develop practical management programs and technologies.  Following lunch, Iowa State University, College of Veterinary Medicine Senior Clinician, Dr. Pat Gorden, will discuss the role of a cow’s metabolic health and the impact on reproduction.   Dr. Gorden’s work focuses on the applied dairy knowledge of veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine.  The day will conclude with a panel of dairy producers sharing and answering questions about their successful reproductive management programs.

This program will be free of charge, generously supported by local businesses.  Please call NICC 800-728-2256 Ext. 399 to register by Wednesday, November 22nd or register at More information available at http://iowadairycenter.com/midwest_dairy_day.php Read more about Midwest Dairy Day

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Dairy Directions

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 9:00am to Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 1:00pm
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The Dairy Directions Seminars are scheduled for Tuesday, December 5 in Sac County and Wednesday, December 6 in Pocahontas County. Both programs will be held at the local county Extension office. “Dairymen in these areas with have the opportunity to have the most current researched-based dairy information presented at their local Extension office” says Northwest Iowa Extension Dairy Field Specialist Fred M. Hall. Registration starts at 9 a.m. and the program begins promptly at 9:30 a.m. A free lunch is included and the program will adjourn at 1 p.m.

Topics will include alternative forage crops and feed additives presented by Extension Dairy Specialist and Assistant ISU Professor Dr. Hugo Ramirez, plus a dairy market outlook and a review of agricultural apps by Extension Dairy Specialist Fred M. Hall.

While dairymen in these areas often have to travel a long way for dairy programs, this program has been tailored to issues for these areas.  “The potential for low quality corn silage is real and dairymen will have salesmen promoting every kind of feed additive- some work, most won’t. Dr. Ramirez will help to sort out the ones that will help your bottom-line” notes Hall. Ramirez will also share what can be expected if dairymen are considering alternative forages.

A dairy market outlook will be presented by Hall, plus he will review some of the apps available to dairymen- be prepared to share apps on your smartphone that you find useful!

While there is no registration fee, a call to the local County Extension 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 the number is 712.335.3103.

Dairymen can also contact Hall at 712.737.4230 with any dairy question. Read more about Dairy Directions

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Tri-State Ag Lender's Seminar

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 9:30am to 2:30pm
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The agenda this year again focuses on the marketing outlooks of dairy, livestock, and grains along with the issues of the farm bill, farm stress, and the Ag Decision Maker Tool.  The seminar should once again provide fruitful discussion to issues of concern to agricultural lenders.  The cost of the program is $100 per person, which includes handouts, refreshments, and lunch.  To register, please mail the enclosed registration with payment by October 14th.  Read more about Tri-State Ag Lender's Seminar

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Siouxland Ag Lenders Seminar

Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
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ORANGE CITY, Iowa – Agricultural lenders will receive current useful, research-based information during the Siouxland Ag Lenders Seminar on Thursday, Nov. 1 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Triple Box near Orange City.

Lenders who serve agricultural clients - especially those who work with dairymen - in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota are encouraged to attend as the seminar will focus on agricultural market outlooks, the farm bill, financial recordkeeping and accounting, and insurance and farm safety procedures.

The second annual Siouxland Ag Lender’s Seminar presents current information that assists lenders and farm financial advisors in their portfolio management. This will be especially true in this era of continued low prices and the unknowns of the new farm bill.

“Ag lenders know that price risk management continues to be a major variable for profitability in many ag enterprises, “said Fred Hall, Northwest Iowa Extension Dairy Field Specialist with Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach. “For that reason, understanding the current market trends and risks is a necessary part of farm management assistance. Lenders working with dairymen have the additional necessity of understanding a complex system of milk marketing, labor inputs and federal policy implications.”

The list of nationally recognized presenters include:

  • Dr. Joe Outlaw, Texas A & M University - 2018 Farm Bill
  • Dr. Larry Tranel, Iowa State University - Milking Robots: Do They Pay?
  • Dr. Robert Cropp, University of Wisconsin-Madison - Dairy Market Outlook
  • Dr. Chad Hart, Iowa State University - Agriculture Market Outlook
  • Larry Wyatt, Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company - Barn Safety, Fire Prevention and Insurance Required
  • Gary Vande Vegte, CPA, CMA, VB & VV CPAs and Financial Advisors - Accrual Accounting and the Necessity of Good Financial Records

The Siouxland Ag Lenders Seminar is hosted through a partnership between the ISU Extension and Outreach Dairy Team, Iowa Farm Bureau and the Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota Bankers Associations.

“Our goal is that Siouxland lenders have a local source for current information which they can use as they begin their annual client reviews,” Hall said.

Registration cost for the Siouxland Ag Lenders Seminar is $80 for the first person from a business and $50 for each additional person that has made the registration by Oct. 26. After Oct. 26, all registrations - including at the door - will be $100 and will not guarantee lunch.

To register, visit https://form.jotform.com/4Hregion1/2018-siouxland-seminar or for more information, contact Fred Hall at 712-737-4230 or fredhall@iastate.edu. Read more about Siouxland Ag Lenders Seminar

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