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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 for registration information.


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 for registration information.


Northwest Iowa Farm Labor Conference

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 9:00am to 8:00pm
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Northwest Iowa Farm Labor Conference set for April 17

ORANGE CITY, Iowa – Sit down with any Northwest Iowa livestock producer - dairy, swine, beef or poultry - and the topic of labor is sure to surface in the conversation.

According to Northwest Iowa Extension Dairy Specialist Fred Hall, everybody has the solution for how agriculture can find and keep a dependable labor force, but each has a perspective for the solution that often doesn’t recognize or jive with the issues identified by employees or employers.

To help identify those issues, Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach Dairy Specialist Fred M. Hall and Human Sciences Specialist in Family Life Lori Hayungs have worked with retired ISU Sociologist Dr. Jan Flora to develop a survey for employees and a survey for employers. Hall and Hayungs are asking farm employees and employers to identify the issues that they believe are most important to bringing employees and employers together for mutually beneficial arrangements and strong communities.

“These surveys should tie together the needs of each - employers and employees - and build a framework for programs that will help stabilize the workforce and build community,” Hall said. “Surveys have been circulating the area with help from local churches and farm groups.”

The distribution and completion of these surveys is all leading up to the Northwest Iowa Farm Labor Conference on Tuesday, April 17 at the ISU Extension and Outreach Sioux County office in Orange City.

Employer Track

The employer track registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. with the program starting at 9:15. Speakers will discuss what community means to immigrants, consistent management practices for people, animal welfare, and creating community for employees in Sioux County.

In addition, all attendees will be asked to complete the employer survey during the noon lunch. Employers who are not able to attend, but would still like to share their opinion may also complete the online form which can be accessed at Once completed, email the survey to

Employee Track

The employee track will be presented in Spanish and will run from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on April 17. The evening will start with a light dinner, and the program will start at 6:15 p.m. The discussion will focus on how immigrants understand community, and how employers can build consistent management practices for people that protect both employees and supports animal welfare.

All employees will be asked to complete a survey. Proctors will be available to assist, if needed.


Neither the employee or employer program has a registration fee, but pre-registration is required to ensure that enough meals are provided.

Pre-registration can be made by calling the ISU Extension and Outreach Sioux County office at 712-737-4230 or emailing Questions and/or more information can also be requested by calling or emailing Hall.


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.